Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, after meeting families of Christchurch terror attacks' victims, says the country stands united and grief and that their gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques. "It makes me feel like he wanted other people to live".
Brenton Tarrant, formerly of Grafton, was led into the court barefoot in a prison robe and handcuffs, and was not required to speak during his brief three-minute appearance.
"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, appeared in court on Saturday charged with one count of murder and was remanded until April 5.
A man and a woman were held in custody while police investigated their involvement, if any, in the two shooting attacks. Gunmen opened fire in two separate mosques in Christchurch on Friday, killing 49 people and wounding 48 others.
On Friday, March 15, 50 people were killed and 20 more were injured in a mass shooting that took place in two mosques in the Soth Island city of Christchurch.
We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance. He said he survived by played dead, but was desperate to know what happened to his friends who were there with him.
"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture, New Zealand Herald reported.
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The Super Rugby clash in Dunedin between the Otago Highlanders and Canterbury Crusaders, who are based in Christchurch, was called off on Saturday out of respect for the victims and their families.
Bishop of Polynesia - The Most Reverend Fereimi Cama said the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia unequivocally condemned this act of terrorism.
A series of vigils have now been scheduled around the country, while flowers were being left at cordons near the attack sites in Christchurch.
She said, "The mere fact... that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that".
"Inevitably, this is such a small community, so these people are going to be people who are familiar to us, even if we don't know them directly", he says.
Speaking to reporters later, Ardern said the country's gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques by Brendon Terrant, the Aurtralia-born terrorist behind the carnage.
Aziz said: "He gets into his auto and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window".
They shared a video message from musicians SOL3MIO, who dedicated a song to "New Zealand, and to family and friends".