Christchurch terror attack: Canterbury community meets to consider next steps

Cantabrians have met about what to do next in the city after Friday's horrific massacre.

Fifty people were killed after a gunman opened fire inside the Deans Ave and Linwood Ave mosques, while 30 people are still in hospital.

Families are still waiting for the bodies of their loved ones to be returned while the identification process takes place.

More than 100 Cantabrians gathered at the Cardboard Cathedral on Tuesday night to discuss how the country should respond.

One resident said children need to be taught about racism.

"It is not okay to think like that, teach your children anti-racism right from the start."

Another resident, who used to live in the Middle East, told the group it's time to get angry about racism.

"The number of times we've been told we get too angry about it... perhaps we weren't angry enough."

A survivor of the Port Arthur massacre told Newshub the process of healing from the incident will take time.

Maria Stacey survived the shooting that killed 35 people in her Australian town 23 years ago.

"Life definitely goes on and who knows for how long there will be absolute turmoil in everybody's lives."

She said it's touching to see the community reaction to shooting.

"It's very moving to see human nature, we come out and support each other and we have to do that."

Gun reform would be help the healing process though, Stacey said.

Australian gun laws were revised within days of the shooting and Stacey said people were supportive of the moves.

"That was looked upon very very favourably and people that I knew at the time who had guns... they thought it was the right thing to do."

The New Zealand Government is looking at urgent changes to gun laws, with the reform expected to be announced soon.


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