New Zealand PM urges global action on social media perils

Two Cashmere High School students and a former student died in the massacre at two Christchurch mosques. "It's my country", said Ms Abulaban who emigrated to New Zealand from Jordan 17 years ago.

Speaking to media on her second visit to Christchurch, Ardern said that there is a desire to show support to the Muslim community as they return to mosques, particularly on Friday.

Equally concerning has beenthe co-opting of the Christchurch attack as a campaigning toolby Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has shown an edited version of the video recorded by the attacker during political rallies. Members of the Muslim community will gather for worship on that day.

"I have no doubt you saved lives", she told them.

"The family and friends of the deceased will fill in the grave, at which point they will then say their farewells".

At a news conference, Gun City owner David Tipple said the store sold four guns and ammunition to the suspect, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, through a "police-verified online mail order process".

Police will be stationed at mosques around the country when they are open for prayers, and nearby when closed, said Ardern. Twelve victims had been identified to the satisfaction of the coroner and six of those had been returned to their families, they said.

Mourners carry the body of a victim from the mosque shooting for burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch. "It is horrendous and while they've given us those assurances, ultimately the responsibility does sit with them".

Ardern previously has said her Cabinet had agreed in principle on tightening gun restrictions in New Zealand and those reforms would be announced next week.


Ardern has also spoken about enlisting an worldwide coalition to address some of the problems laid bare by the Christchurch attack, including the proliferation of extremist content on social networks without sufficient moderation.

New Zealand's global spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, confirmed in a statement that it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of the shootings.

"The insensitive nature of this act in light of recent events can not be overstated", police said in a statement. He has been charged with one count of murder and a judge said he is likely to face more charges over the shootings.

Dr Paul Spoonley, one of New Zealand's leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, said racism was part of society and not just present in the main centres.

Janna Ezat, whose son, Hussein Al-Umari, was killed in the Al Noor mosque, visited the memorial at the gardens and became overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.

"If it's murder charges, then what the Crown has to prove is that people died, that he meant to kill him, and so there's just less scope for all the other ideological stuff".

"I'm very happy. I'm wearing white".

"Actually, relative to other countries...we have a large number of loopholes in our laws..."

  • Tracy Klein