Calls for ACC changes 2 years on from Christchurch mosque attacks

Monday marks two years since the Christchurch mosque attacks.

In the two years since 51 people were killed, another 40 injured, and many more traumatised in an act of terrorism, so much has changed.

As dawn broke for the anniversary on Monday as worshippers arrived at Al Noor mosque for morning prayers. Among them, Sheikh Hasan Rubel who was shot three times during the attack.

He says he's "trying to be positive" but thinks it will "take some time."

Grieving, physically injured and traumatised, people are still recovering. 

Siham Alsalfiti's husband died in the attacks.

'It has changed the country," she says, "It was more like a wakeup call for all of us." 

But what hasn't changed is the Government's approach to helping those who've experienced extreme trauma.

Witnesses to the attacks are excluded from receiving ACC compensation. There are now renewed calls for changes to ACC to help not only the physically injured but also victims suffering mental trauma.

"It's not about the money, it's not about getting compensation, it's about supporting the victims," says Mirwais Waziri, a survivor of the attacks.

"Where we're having problems is this use of the ACC model not to provide the appropriate mental health and support. It's kind of irrelevant what ACC does," says Christchurch Foundation advisor Raf Manji.

But the Prime Minister is holding her ground.

"That ACC system is what we use as a way of ensuring that people who have an experience like this, be it a grave injury, be it a homicide, or in this case - that is the system we use to make sure people are supported."

Manji says the ACC issue is a bit of a smokescreen.

"The issues don't go away for this community and it's just a realignment of the ways support is being provided and not seeing it through the lens of a car crash."

Still, the Muslim community is finding a way to heal.

Feeling safe enough to return to their place of worship.

Two years ago, Abdul Aziz was face to face with the shooter right here at the Linwood Islamic Centre. Today he's preparing a barbecue lunch to remember those who died.

"It feels good, it feels good, also it shows us people are trying to move on with their life."

For Hamimah Tuyan, moving forward meant moving to Christchurch...the place where her husband was killed.

"If I can contribute some way to the rebuilding and the healing in the community then the move has been a good decision for me," she says.

Victims grateful for the continued aroha and support but hoping there'll be more help on the way.