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New Zealand Parliament acknowledges shooting

Audio from a parliamentary motion put by the Prime Minister to acknowledge the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA on 13 June 2016 (NZT).

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  • 0:00:07 - John Key (Prime Minister, leader of the National Party)
  • 0:01:35 - Andrew Little (leader of the Labour Party)
  • 0:04:25 - Kevin Hague (List MP, Green Party)
  • 0:08:14 - Winston Peters (leader of New Zealand First)
  • 0:11:55 - Te Ururoa Flavell (co-leader of the Maori Party)
  • 0:14:27 - Peter Dunne (leader of United Future)
  • 0:17:30 - David Seymour (leader of ACT New Zealand)


In June 2016, New Zealand Parliament convened to address the devastating mass shooting that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Various members of the New Zealand Parliament, including leaders such as Andrew Little, David Seymour, John Key, Kevin Hague, Peter Dunne, Te Ururoa Flavell, and Winston Peters, participated in this session. The motion discussed, led by the Prime Minister, sought to formally express New Zealand's deep condolences and support to the victims of this tragic event, which targeted the LGBTI community and claimed innocent lives.

The Prime Minister opened the session by extending New Zealand's sincere sympathies to those grieving and to the global gay and lesbian community affected by the shooting. It was emphasized that no one should face such violence in their daily lives and that New Zealand stands with the United States in the fight against violent extremism. Other members expressed their views, sharing sorrow and horror over the atrocity and collectively condemning the targeted homophobic violence.

Several speakers specifically recognized the attack as not only an act of terror but also an act of hate against the LGBTI community. The sanctuary that Pulse nightclub represented for its patrons was brutally violated, as they were killed in cold blood. The emotional toll of the attack was articulated through sorrowful stories of the victims, including text messages sent to loved ones during the attack. New Zealand’s political leaders stressed the importance of love, inclusion, respect, and freedom, urging a reaffirmation of society's commitment to these values in the face of bigotry, intolerance, and hatred.

The Green Party speaker underscored the importance of recognizing the event as homophobic violence and urged members of the House to pay attention to the needs of vulnerable young people within the LGBTI communities. While deploring America's gun laws as a factor that enabled the mass murder, the representative also noted New Zealand's own history with homophobic violence and stressed the need for safety and support for the community.

Additionally, speakers called for support and love for Muslim communities worldwide, emphasizing that the actions of extremists do not reflect those communities. The discourse also covered issues of religious extremism, security, human rights, and border control, highlighting a broader concern with preventing such tragedies. In particular, New Zealand First's member cautioned against attributing blame solely to gun control laws, instead focusing on broader security concerns and cooperation among all residents for collective safety.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:14th June 2016
Audio courtesy of:Parliament TV
Location:Parliament buildings, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004457).