Manawatu Standard

Bravery award for Christchur­ch again

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The people of Christchur­ch will be honoured with a bravery award for their response to the mosque attacks. The Royal Humane Society of New Zealand will present the gold medal to Christchur­ch mayor Lianne Dalziel at a ceremony launching the Christchur­ch Invitation: Mahia Te Aroha tomorrow night. It will be one of seven awards presented by the Governor-general and the society’s patron Dame Patsy Reddy – an ‘‘unpreceden­ted number’’ to be awarded at one time and in response to one event. The society’s president, Austin Forbes QC, said gold-medal awards were only given in exceptiona­l circumstan­ces. Just two had been awarded in the past 50 years. The other one also went to Christchur­ch and its citizens following the February 2011 earthquake. ‘‘‘Many people acted selflessly to help their fellow citizens on that day and that is what this special award is in recognitio­n of.’’

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