PM Jacinda Ardern to visit Dunedin mosque connected to alleged shooter

Al Huda Mosque.
Al Huda Mosque. Photo credit: Google Maps

Jacinda Ardern is set to visit a mosque in Dunedin connected to the alleged Christchurch gunman. 

The Prime Minister will meet with Muslim community leaders at the Al Huda Mosque on Wednesday where she will speak to locals.  

The 28-year-old Australian man charged with murder over the March 15 Christchurch terror attack reportedly said in his manifesto that the Al Huda Mosque was the original target. 

The Chief Censor, David Shanks, on Saturday classified the alleged gunman's manifesto as 'objectionable', meaning it is now an offence to possess or distribute it.  

The accused lived in a flat in Dunedin since August 2017, and prior to the shootings gave notice and moved out. He reportedly told his landlord he would not need the flat beyond March. 

The landlord told the Otago Daily Times that a ceremony was held on Sunday at the property to affirm that "this person and his beliefs have no place in Dunedin". 

Members of the Al Huda Mosque attended the ceremony, the landlord said, as did neighbours, friends and representatives of Kai Tahu, the principal Māori iwi of the southern region.

Legal expert Graeme Edgler said each of the 50 deaths in the mosque shootings will be prosecuted as murders, and that there may be terrorism charges laid.