Like the one third of a million Kiwis who were born in the UK, our family was drawn here in the first place by the beauty of New Zealand, its down to earth friendly culture and reputation for freedom and tolerance for all.
26 years later we all feel the same way! Our business has staff born in New Zealand, Brazil and the UK. We are all united by being Kiwis!
The barbaric mass murder of innocent Muslims in Christchurch last Friday does not define us. It is the exception to the rule not the rule itself. This atrocity was committed by a pathetic misfit who has no place in our society.
There are 4.8 million of us and we all need to stand together to protect all that is good in our country and way of life.
Differences of religion, ethnicity and political views are neither here nor there in the wider scheme of things. We all need to continue to focus on what values unite us rather than our superficial differences. We all want the best for our families and for the country as a whole.
Live and let live for all.
The following was sent to me on Monday from David Goadby, also from the UK. I felt compelled to share this with our wider community as it echos the comments I have made above. In no way is this an advertisement for energyclubnz.
The tragic events of last Friday have shocked not only the country but also the world. In such a small country like New Zealand it is likely that a lot of our members will have been impacted in some way, even if it is questioning whether the country we call home is actually as safe as we once considered.
The energyclubnz team is based in communities across New Zealand including Christchurch. We pride ourselves on the fact that our small, passionate team are a diverse bunch from many backgrounds, religions and nationalities. Most importantly we all consider New Zealand to be our home.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been directly impacted.
As a business whose core values include ‘doing the right thing’, myself and the team don’t feel it is right to make a profit from such a dark day in New Zealand’s history. Because of this, we will be donating all of our club fees from last Friday directly to Christchurch St John’s Ambulance who have given immense support during this tragedy.
The energyclubnz team is doing this because we care about our community and the country we all live in.
If you would like to donate to St John’s Ambulance to support their First Response Units click here.
My thoughts are with all of New Zealand and I hope that we can pull together to treasure the diversity of our beautiful country – more than we’ve ever done before.
David Goadby – Founder, energyclubnz