09/09: Media statement regarding Countdown Lynnmall

To be attributed to Kiri Hannifin, Countdown's General Manager Corporate Affairs, Safety and Sustainability:

Earlier this afternoon we held a private blessing outside our LynnMall store, which was conducted by a local Kaumātua. The blessing was something very important for our team, to provide some peace, but also to support them as they prepare to welcome the local community back into the store.

We remain focused on the ongoing wellbeing of our LynnMall store team and, since the attack last Friday, we have been wrapping support around them all and ensuring they have the specialised help they need.

We hope to reopen the store at some stage tomorrow and we would ask that our team are given the privacy to return to work in peace, and to go about their normal lives as they heal.

Our thoughts remain with all those affected by last Friday’s incident and we are wishing them well as they recover.

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