Cat Stevens to perform at Christchurch's National Remembrance Service

NZ 27/03/2019

Cat Stevens and Marlon Williams will be among the artists to perform at a National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Cat Stevens - the stage name of Yusuf Islam - joins Maisey Rika, Hollie Smith and Teeks in the service to honour the 50 people killed, which will be held at Hagley Park starting at 10am on Friday, 29 March.

"In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.

"The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values."

She said the terror attack provoked international attention and grief, and she anticipates guests and visitors from many other countries will travel to New Zealand to attend the services.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the service will be a time for unity.

"I am very proud of the way our city and nation have responded to this terrorist attack. What happened on Friday, March 15, 2019 will never define us. It is what has happened since, the love and compassion, that's what defines us.

"Coming together on Friday will demonstrate support for all our communities, no matter where we were born, no matter where and how we choose to express our faith. We do not stand alone, we stand together.

"We will not be divided by hatred, we will be united by love."