Anzac Day commemorations are being targeted because of fears that extremists seeking revenge for the terrorist attack in Christchurch will target them
- Anzac Day events across New Zealand have been canceled due to fear
- Donors' security could be at risk after terrorist attacks in Christchurch
- There will be a strong police presence at the remaining commemorations
Anzac Day events are being canceled across New Zealand because of concerns that customer security may be compromised after the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
A number of West Auckland-based Returned Services Associations have canceled their annual commemorations and are instead asking people to participate in some select services that are supported by a strong police presence.
Helensville's RSA president, Les Coste, said local events had been scrapped on the recommendation of the Auckland Police, which suggested fewer events across the city, the NZ Herald reported.
Anzac Day events across New Zealand have been canceled due to concerns that customer security could be compromised after the Christchurch terrorist attacks
Auckland County Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said that while there is no information about a particular risk in these events, the presence of the police would be more significant if they were not spread across numerous local events.
"In the current environment, the police continue to have a visible presence across the country to ensure the safety and security of the community," she said.
"We are aware that the public wants to celebrate Anzac Day across the region and we want them to do it in the safest way, which may mean that some have to travel a little further to an event. "
The national terrorist threat was raised to a high level after Brenton Tarrant allegedly stormed two mosques in Christchurch on the South Island and shot 50 believers on March 15.
They have not been lowered since the attack.
Auckland County Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said that while there is no information about a particular risk in these events, the presence of the police would be more significant if they were not spread across numerous local events
The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attacks as "one of the darkest days in New Zealand".
The Howick RSA also canceled their parades, but would still run Dawn and Civic Commemoration Services on Stockade Hill at 6:05 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Coste said: "All RSAs in West Auckland have also canceled their local events … Due to government policies, only selected locations are suitable."
He said the community buses are expected to take people from Helensville to Glen Eden for an Anzac Day service, but the details are still being finalized.
Helensville RSA President Les Coste said local events had been scrapped on the recommendation of the Auckland Police