Total number of gatherings in Auckland reduced from 84 to 26 in wake of mosque shootings
More than 50 Anzac events and parades have been cut in New Zealand’s largest city at the request of police, as the country’s terror risk remains high in the wake of the deadly Christchurch mosque attacks.
Police have asked Auckland Returned Serviceman’s Associations (RSA) to “consolidate” their events, with the total number reduced from 84 last year to 26 this year, allowing officers to better protect large crowds in attendance.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and home to more than 1.6 million people. In the wake of the Christchurch attack it has been suggested that large Anzac crowds could provide an easy target.
A statement from Auckland Council confirmed the reduced services was a direct result of the Christchurch attacks.
“In the current heightened security environment, police have agreed to maintain a visible presence at events for public reassurance,” the statement read.
“As a result, police had recommended that Anzac Day events in Auckland be consolidated so that they could adequately resource each public gathering.”
New Zealand police assistant commissioner Mike Rusbatch said it was important to note that police had “no information” to indicate a threat to any Anzac service.