Young New Zealanders organise their own 'March for Our Lives'

  • 24/03/2018
The front of the Auckland March for Our Lives.
The front of the Auckland March for Our Lives. Photo credit: Twitter/Golriz Ghahraman

A group of New Zealand university students have organised their own March for Our Lives to stand in solidarity with teenagers marching in the United States.

Marches are planned across the United States on March 24 calling for greater gun control measures.

Many organisers of the US marches are survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting where 17 students were killed.

In New Zealand, sister marches have taken place in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin in solidarity of the US cause.

Organiser Aniket Chawla said the march was a chance for youth to be heard across the globe about an issue that directly affected them.

"It's enabling youth worldwide to get their voice heard, and demanding that our lives be placed into our hands, as they should have been in the first place."

Members of Parliament were in support of the march, with Golriz Ghahraman, Julie Anne Genter and Nicky Wagner all appearing at the event.

Ms Wagner attended the Christchurch event and posted on Facebook, saying it was great to see young people take a stand.

"Christchurch 'March for Life' young people against gun violence in schools," she wrote. "Great to see people all around the world supporting safety in schools."

Ms Ghahraman and Ms Genter both spoke at the Auckland march, Ms Ghahraman saying on Twitter she stood in solidarity with the victims of gun violence.

"Auckland standing [against] corporate greed driving the weapons industry and in solidarity with victims of gun violence everywhere," she wrote.

Ms Genter delivered a speech to the march, saying "weapons manufacturers are anti-life".