The Silver Fern of New Zealand will be displayed on the Sydney Opera House tonight in a symbol of solidarity, support and respect for the people of New Zealand.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the illumination will demonstrate NSW’s deep sense of unity and compassion towards everyone affected by the attacks in Christchurch.
“We feel the loss in Christchurch especially deeply given the closeness of our two countries. It is as though this has occurred on our own soil,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Not only are New Zealanders our close friends and often family, but we share the same proud values of freedom, diversity and democracy.
“Our thoughts, prayers and love continue to go out to all those impacted by the tragic events in Christchurch – particularly our Muslim community, here in NSW and New Zealand.
“An attack on one section of the community is an attack on us all.”
The illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails will begin from 8.30pm.