Picture of two sunflowers in memory of Peg and Leigh.

MSD commemorates Ashburton tragedy

01 September 2015.

Ministry of Social Development staff across New Zealand will observe a two minute silence at 9.52am today to mark the first anniversary of the Ashburton Community Link shootings.

Chief Executive Brendan Boyle said the tragedy was still raw for many staff as they remember former colleagues Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland, their families, friends and Ashburton staff.

"We're remembering today Peg and Leigh and our thoughts are with their families. A year on and there’s still a lot sadness, but it’s also a time to remember their lives," Mr Boyle said.

"Our thoughts are also with Lindy Curtis who was injured that day and their Ministry colleagues who witnessed the tragedy."

Mr Boyle is in Ashburton today with other Ministry officials to meet with staff.

"Our Ashburton staff have been well supported. They continue to deliver a range of help and support to people in need in their community and they are a credit to the Ministry.

I would like to again acknowledge the support and help from other agencies and thank MSD staff from around the country who helped out following the shootings.

The way staff pulled together and supported each other during a very difficult time makes me proud to head this organisation," Mr Boyle said.

Picture of two sunflowers in memory of Peg and Leigh.
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