NZ Prime Minister David Farrar has announced that all schools and government departments will be closed for tomorrow as a precaution. We do not yet know what groups were involved with the Sydney bombings and what further action may be planned. To minimise high value targets in New Zealand the Government has decided to close all non essential government buildings.
Apart from the safety requirements, we also believe people will find it useful to be with their families at this time. While the loss of life in Sydney is relatively low, the fact it is the first terrorist attack of its kind in our neighbourhood has been chilling to many New Zealanders.
We have also cancelled all Police leave, and will be deploying Police to key strategic sites as a protective measure.