New Zealand holds remembrance service for Christchurch attack victims

Kensington Palace have announced that the future King will be visiting New Zealand on behalf of the Queen in late April to honour the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack.

The number of British citizens interested in moving to New Zealand has increased by nearly 50 per cent since 50 people died in a massacre at two mosques in Christchurch.

Farid Ahmed, whose wife Husna Ahmed was killed in Al Noor mosque, was among those due to address the crowd.

"This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community". The memorial service in Hagley Park encapsulated so much about the two weeks that preceded it: the rapid education many Pākehā have had in Islam and its traditions and communities, and a unique integration of Māori and Muslim culture and philosophies.

Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ President Mustafa Farouk said Ardern and the Muslim community have "shown the world how to live with compassion".

"We learn about things through their opposites", Islam said. SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP/Getty Images Gun City boss David Tipple said his outlet had sold four weapons to the accused gunman in a police-verified, online process but there was no suggestion that any of those weapons were used in the attack.

The attack is New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, speaking to The Washington Post later, echoed the prime minister's call to tackle extremism and hate speech. Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in the attacks.

"He was a really nice man", one little girl said.

Thousands attended the service in the grieving southern city, standing silently with heads bowed while the names of 50 people killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman were read out.

He said the two nations shared a joint resolve to ensure social media platforms were not "weaponised", after the alleged Christchurch terrorist broadcast his killing spree.

There were other smaller services around New Zealand, including one at Auckland's Eden Park attended by All Blacks rugby star and Muslim convert Sonny Bill Williams.

Act Party leader David Seymour described it as a "rushed process" that would "deny the public the chance to have their say".


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