Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates

What events are happening today?

  • Two minutes of silence have been observed on Friday afternoon as many from the Muslim community returned to Friday prayers for the first time since the shootings
  • An Islamic call to prayer was also broadcast nationally at 1:30pm, including on Three, Magic Talk and Newshub.co.nz
  • The official call to prayer event took place at Hagley Park, across from Al Noor Masjid on Deans Ave
  • More burials have also taken place at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Linwood, while a mass burial will happen at 4pm
  • Mosques around the country will be opening their doors, including five in Auckland. You can find where you can pay your respects here
  • At Wellington's Kilbirnie mosque, people will be linking arms in a human chain as a show of support, while in Hamilton the Mongrel Mob will be standing guard outside mosques
  • Headscarves for Harmony are encouraging Kiwis to wear scarves in solidarity for our Muslim population
  • Black Ribbons suggest tying black ribbons around the signs at the entrances to towns and cities around the country

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6:49pm - An estimated 4000 people are attending the Auckland Domain vigil.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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6:21pm - Ridesharing service Ola announced it will be donating their earnings from today to the Christchurch Shooting Victims' Fund on Givealittle.

Their service is available in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

6:15pm - The Auckland Domain vigil is beginning. Thousands of people have shown up in support, and more are expected.

The event will run for two hours, beginning with a Muslim prayer and a karakia.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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6:00pm - The Kiwi artist behind the viral artwork of two women hugging, captioned "This is your home, and you should have been safe here," Ruby Jones, has designed the newest cover of TIME magazine international, the publication announced via Twitter.

5:52pm - A spokesperson in the PM's office said social media sites need to take responsibility for allowing death threats to the PM to be posted. 

"They seem to have algorithms for everything else and they owe the public a duty of care."

5:49pm - Auckland Mayor Phil Goff spoke at the Ponsonby mosque, reiterating his stance on gun control. 

"We should not have semi-automatic guns in our country," he said to a massive applause. 

He shares with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern the persepective that the gunman should "remain nameless, he should remain faceless, he should not be given a platform."

5:41pm - People and their signs are beginning to gather at the Auckland Domain ahead of the vigil at 6pm. 

5:31pm - Hundreds have turned out to the Ponsonby mosque, where women are being given head scarves, and shown how to wear them.

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5:20pm - A twitter account was suspended this afternoon after the user made more than one threat on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's life

4:43pm - The son of Haji-Daoud Nabi, the man shot after welcoming the gunman into Al Noor mosque, arrived at the Memorial Park Cemetery on the back of a motorcycle, driven by a member of the Mongrel Mob.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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The gang condemned the attack, and paid their respects today for Haji-Daoud Nabi who, his son Yama Nabi told RNZ, "loved his motorbikes."

4:27pm - A haka was performed for victims Naeem and Talha Rashid. The father and son will be buried at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Linwood today.

4:15pm - 26 victims of the mosque attacks will be buried at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Linwood. The funeral processions began at 4pm.

3:36pm - There will an 'open-day' at the Ponsonby mosque at 5pm tonight for all who wish to get a tour.

A spokesperson from the mosque said hundreds of scarves have been donated, and will be given out to any woman wanting to wear one, with people on hand to demonstrate how to wear them. 

3:04pm - Police have asked people not to submit fake gun notifications using the online form that has been set up to allow people to hand in their firearms.

So far over 1000 people have registered their wish to hand in firearms, but some of these have been fake, Assistant Commissioner Tusha Penny said.

"While these individuals may be short of productive work to do, Police are not. In the current environment this is unacceptable. These vexatious forms are a huge waste of Police time and resources which could be put to better use."

For more information or to fill out a form click here

2:25pm - Several poignant moments were captured at the service.

People attend the Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva - RC17955DB540
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People react before Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su - RC1BE1A89FD0
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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she leaves after the Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su - RC170635AA20
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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends the Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva - RC1606831750
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A general view during Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva - RC1A6C6FCE20
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2:05pm - Police are asking people who are attending the vigil on Friday night at the Auckland Domain to be patient due to the large number of people expected.

2pm - The Muslim community is now beginning its Friday prayers.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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1:50pm - Imam Gamal Fouda, who was delivering the sermon in Christchurch's Al Noor Mosque when the gunman attacked last Friday, has returned to the pulpit a week later, delivering a powerful sermon to the large crowd gathered in Hagley Park.

"This terrorist sought to tear our nation apart with an evil ideology that has torn the world apart.

"But instead we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable, and that the world can see in us."

1:40pm - Members of the public, sporting stars, students, and politicians have all stood in silence to remember the New Zealanders affected by the Christchurch attacks.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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1:35pm - Hundreds of Otahuhu College students were earlier welcomed to their local mosque.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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1:30pm - The call to prayer and two minutes of silence is about to begin.

1:25pm - Newshub understands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has arrived at Hagley Park for the service.

1:20pm - People are beginning to arrive at Parliament grounds to pay their respects.

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1:15pm - United States Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown has tweeted the country's support for the New Zealand Muslim community.

1:05pm - A mass burial will happen at 4pm. Twenty-six victims of the mosque attacks will be buried at the Linwood Park Cemetery.

1pm - Newshub's special coverage of the nationwide reflection has begun.

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12:40pm - Karen, Kyle and Liam are showing their support for those in the Muslim community.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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12:20pm - People are paying their respects at the Otahuhu Jamia mosque.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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12:15pm - Within four hours of the gun law changes being announced on Thursday, 300 people had contacted the police by phone, and 230 people has used online forms to surrender their weapons.

12:10pm - Auckland Live will have the nationwide reflection on its Aotea Square digital stage at 1:15pm on Friday.

11:55am - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has tweeted its thanks for the international support and messages of condolences.

11:45am - Parliament television and radio services will have audio coverage of Friday's call to prayer and the nationwide reflection service from 1:13pm.

11:40am - The Canterbury District Health (DHB) has released a statement updating the number of people currently in Christchurch Hospital for treatment.

Twenty-eight people are still in the hospital, with six in critical condition.

Since the last update, one person has been discharged from hospital, while two others have been moved out of intensive care.

One four-year-old girl is still in a critical condition in Starship Hospital, while her father is in a stable condition in Auckland City Hospital.

"The people injured in the mosque attacks are still our priority for specialist care, which for some includes follow-up surgery and although we are closer to being able to resume our planned surgery schedule we will still need to postpone some surgeries for the remainder of this week to free up theatre space and surgical teams," said chief executive David Meates.

11:35am - Vigils are taking place across the country on Friday - here is a list.

11:30am - The Christchurch City Council has released a map showing where Friday's events will take place.

11:20am - Police have named a further nine victims.

11:05am - Police have clarified how the accused gunman obtained a firearms licence.

A police spokesperson said based on information available, it is believed the correct process was followed by staff involved in the firearms application.

A home interview did take place.

10:55am - A sheikh helping support the families affected by the Christchurch attacks says widows will need ongoing support.

"They are devastated and they really miss their loved ones and I really feel that they require lots of help at this stage for someone to be with them," Amjad Ali told The AM Show on Friday.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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10:45am - Some on social media have taken issue with Facebook's message on its app on Friday morning, saying it is not enough to make up for the problems caused by the livestreaming of the terrorist attack.

10:25am - An Australian homocide expert says the Government's gun crackdown doesn't go as far as laws in Australia and there is little evidence to prove it will prevent future deaths.

"Various studies have looked for general impacts of Australia's 1996 gun law reforms... None have found evidence of a significant impact of the legislative changes on overall firearm homicide rates," Dr Samara McPhedran of Griffith University said. 

10:15am - Newshub will be covering the Nationwide Reflection on the Christchurch terror attack from 1pm on Three and online at Newshub.co.nz.

 

10:10am - Auckland Transport has announced its trains, ferries and buses will stop if possible at 1:32pm to observe the national two minutes of silence.

Trains will stop at the nearest station, ferries will slow or hold off departing, and buses will stop at the nearest bus stop if possible.

"During this time our Contact Centre and Customer Service Centres will also be unavailable. Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you join us for this moment of reflection."

10:05am - Kiwis across New Zealand are wearing scarves in solidarity with the Muslim community. 

Are you wearing a head scarf? Contact cleofraser@mediaworks.co.nz or ring (09) 928 9050. 

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates
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10:00am - Rideshare company Ola has announced it will be donating earnings from all rides across New Zealand on Friday to the Christchurch shooting Victims' Fund on Givealittle.

9:55am - A burial for one of the attack victims will take place at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Linwood at 10am.

9:25am - Elizabeth Denham from the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners has released a statement expressing the groups's concerns about the livestreaming of the gunman's attacks.

"Online platforms have a responsibility to ensure their systems are effective in protecting privacy, something Commissioners have highlighted before."

9am - The ACT Party has released a statement reiterating its position on the proposed gun law changes.

Leader David Seymour said the Government is "abandoning democratic process as it seeks public submissions on legislation that doesn't yet exist".

"By forcing gun law reforms through in three weeks, the Government will ensure there is no real opportunity for New Zealanders to have their voices heard on the proposals. It also risks producing a law that is ineffective."

Seymour is the sole MP to not support the gun law changes going through Parliament under urgency.

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8:55am - National Party MP Judith Collins has praised the Government's proposed changes to gun laws, but says they should go further.

"I think they could go further... Police at the moment have no idea how many guns someone has, and the closest thing they have as an indication that someone has guns is whether or not they've got a gun licence. Lots of people have gun licences and have never used them."

8:50am - A witness to the terror attack says she has been learning breathing techniques to deal with the stress that has come from the event.

Jill Keats was near the Deans Ave mosque when the shooter committed his horrific act, and she provided first aid to some of those injured.

"Not [feeling] wonderful, but I'm lucky I've got a sister who's a counsellor, Jeanette, and she's been wonderful, she's given me some breathing exercises and told me how to ground myself in the now," she told The AM Show.

8:40am - A Newshub special will air on Three and Newshub.co.nz from 1pm to 2:30pm to mark one week since the attack.

Magic Talk will also observe the two minute silence.

8:35am - Director Taika Waititi has commented on the gun law changes in a sarcastic tweet.

"So bummed that it took less than a week, and we didn't debate this for 15 years before realising we should ban these stupid weapons," he said.

8:30am - Unite Union has released a statement saying a national day of mourning is still necessary and will be campaigning for it to be held next Friday.

They have asked people to go to their local mosque at 11:30am "to protect Friday prayers" and to wear black or a black armband.

Auckland Unite members will gather at their Morningside building until 11am and then travel to Masjid E Umar.

8:25am - The BBC have published an explainer of what a haka is and how it "unifies New Zealand in mourning."

It comes as New Zealand mayors call for a nationwide haka following the two minutes of silence on Friday afternoon. The call is supported by the New Zealand Maori Council.

A haka was also performed at a vigil at Trafalgar Square on Friday morning.

8:20am - Austria's Government has confirmed the alleged shooter visited the country, however, declined to give further details.

Other European nations, including Turkey, Bulgaria and Croatia, are also investigating the alleged gunman's movements around the region.

7:45am - New Zealand's Council of Licenced Firearms Owners says the Government is moving too quickly to ban military-style, semi-automatic weapons.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that legislation changing the gun laws should be in place by April 11.

The council wants more details about the proposed changes, such as what exemptions there may be for the rural community.

Nicole McKee from the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners.
Nicole McKee from the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners. Photo credit: The AM Show

7:30am - Hundreds have turned out at London's Trafalgar Square to pay their respects to those affected by the Christchurch attacks.

The Stand for Solidarity with New Zealand Peace Vigil has featured a call to prayer, waiatas, a haka, and poems.

High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae was one of the speakers.

7:20am - Many on social media are questioning Whitcoull's decision to drop Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life book, while still stocking Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

7:15am - A stirring front page from The Press.

7:10am - Some Facebook and Instagram users are finding special messages of condolence when they open up the applications.

It comes after Newshub asked Facebook on multiple occasions why the 1737 number hadn’t been promoted to the top of feeds on the social media site.

Christchurch terror attack: Friday live updates

7:05am - Princess Anne has visited New Zealand House in London to sign the Book of Condolence opened after the Christchurch attacks.

She wrote: "My fond memories of a friendly city I remember with affection. I can only offer my thoughts and prayers to the victims, families, friends and all the people of New Zealand."

6:55am - There are several events planned across New Zealand on Friday to mark one week since the Christchurch terror attack, including a number of vigils at mosques.

6:50am - All Black Sonny Bill Williams has visited Christchurch to pay his respect to the Mulim community affected by the attacks.

6:20am - The oldest serving US Senator has called for her country to "follow" New Zealand and crack down on assault weapons.

"In country after country, massacres are followed by sweeping changes to gun laws, as logic would dictate," Democrat Dianne Feinstein wrote on Twitter. "The United States needs to follow these examples and take action to protect Americans from this deadly public health scourge."

She blamed the Republican Party and the powerful NRA gun lobby for the United States' inability to stop the massacres.

"To New Zealand and every other country that took steps to reduce gun violence, congratulations."

Feinstein was behind the US' assault weapons ban of 1994, which expired in 2004. She tried introducing a new ban following the massacre of children at Sandy Hook in 2013, but it was voted down in the Senate.

5:40am - Controversial self-appointed bishop has hit out at plans to broadcast the Muslim call-to-prayer at 1:30pm today, a week from when the attacks began.

The prayer will be broadcast on RNZ, TVNZ 1 and Three, followed by two minutes' silence. 

"On Friday..at least for a moment NZ will become a Muslim Nation... Two minutes of silence is okay but the Islamic prayer will sound? it contains this line 'there is no God but Allah', well I disagree," Tamaki wrote on social media site Twitter.

"Jesus Christ is the only true God ... this is not us!"

He also hit out at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying she "has abused her Prime Ministerial decree".

"This is offensive to all True Christians in Aotearoa... Our National Identity is at stake."

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