Pensioner, 95, catches four buses to join march against racism in New Zealand

A 95-year-old pensioner jumped on four buses to show his support for the Muslim community and march against racism in New Zealand.

John Sato told Radio New Zealand he couldn’t sleep after hearing about the Christchurch shooting, where a lone gunman killed 50 people dead.

Sato, one of only two Kiwi-Japanese servicemen in the New Zealand army during the Second World War, can be seen in pictures being supported by a police officer and a helper.

He told the radio station: ‘I stayed awake quite a lot of the night and I didn’t sleep to well ever since, you know. I thought it was sad. You can feel the suffering of other people.

‘I think it is such a tragedy and, yet it has the other side. It has put people together.

‘It doesn’t matter what their race or anything. People have suddenly realised we are all one. We care for each other.’

After the terror attack on March 15, Sato visited a mosque near his home to show support.

Then over the weekend he left his home in Hardwicke and took the bus to another mosque in Pakurange, where he saw tribute messages and flowers in honour of the victims.

That’s when he decided to take transfer buses to join the rally in Auckland.

He said a ‘kind’ policeman gave him a bottle of water and ‘took me all the way home’ where he helped him get upstairs.

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at the Linwood Mosque and two people died at a hospital in Christchurch after the attack.