Christchurch terror attack: What is being done to mark one week since shooting

Several initiatives are planned on Friday to mark one week since a terror attack in Christchurch left  50 members of the Muslim community dead.

New Zealanders and citizens across the world have banded together show their support for the Muslim community since the attack.

Over $10 million has been raised by the public for the victims on platforms Givealittle and LaunchGood. Tens of thousands of dollars have also been raised on individual fundraising pages for the victims and their families.

Two minutes of silence will be observed Friday afternoon, after many return to Friday prayers for the first time since the shootings.

An Islamic call to prayer will be broadcast on radio and TV at 1:30pm, followed by silence at 1:32pm. The Prime Minister will make closing remarks after prayers.

Jacinda Ardern announced on Wednesday the call to prayer will be played on TVNZ 1 and Radio NZ to make one week since the shooting.

Three and Magic Talk will also play the call to prayer and observe the moment of silence.

The two mosques at the centre of the Christchurch massacre won't be open in time for Friday prayers. Police say the Linwood Ave and Deans Ave mosques will be handed over on Saturday. They have apologised for earlier saying the sites will be returned on Friday.

In Wellington supporters will be linking arms in a human chain outside the Kilbirnie mosque as a show of support for the community.

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Co-organiser Daniel Kleinsman told Newshub it's a tangible show of support.

"It looks like people actually would have been turning up to show their support off their own bat anyway so I assume there would be a large number of people there." 

Auckland mosques in Ponsonby, Ranui, Pakuranga, and on the North Shore will be open to the public Friday evening. Ikhlaq Kashkari from the Muslim Association told Newshub everyone is welcome.

"Connect, remove those assumptions you might have made, come and talk to us."

In Hamilton, the Mongrel Mob will be standing guard outside mosques while worshippers pray. Mob rangatira Paito told Newshub the attacks affected them personally.

"We have brothers and sisters and family members who are Muslim in our organisation, and we're there not only for them - but also for the people that they share their religion with."

Women across the country are also being encouraged to wear headscarves as a show of support for the community.

Malay woman Nurul Shamsal said the community encourages it.

"It's not culturally inappropriate in any means, I think standing together in solidarity is really important and it's just a really meaningful and understanding way of coming together as one as well."


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