And then there was one . . .
Far North District Council plans to stage seven remembrance services for victims of the March 15 Christchurch mosque shootings on Friday changed on Thursday, after police advised that they would be able to provide armed officers for just one venue, Kerikeri’s Turner Centre.
The council had initially planned to stage services at 17 locations around the district, in response to instructions from the Department of Internal Affairs, with live screening of the national service in Christchurch at each.
It was also instructed to buy 52 roses and 52 candles, one for each of those who died, and for the two women who had reportedly suffered fatal heart attacks since March 15, for each venue.
Mayor John Carter said it had been decided to reduce the number of services after discussions with the police on Thursday.
He said yesterday that the 312 roses that had not been needed had been given to rest homes “and various other places,” but he was unsure what would be done with the candles.
“Hopefully we will be able to return them and get a refund,” he added.