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New Zealand remembers the 50 victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack

Today marks two weeks since the terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques that took 50 lives, and changed many more forever. 

This week, we are looking back at the commemorations and discussions that have bought New Zealanders together.

Thousands participated in memorial services around the country.


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Since the attack

The past two weeks have seen an outpouring of grief from the wider New Zealand community, as well as support and love for our Muslim community.

Vigils have been held up and down the country, promoting peace, love, and togetherness in the face of terror and hatred.

Nowhere has this been more visible than in the city where the attack took place, where flowers and messages of support and sadness cover the sidewalks.


Memorial Services

Our Prime Minister joined many other public officials, including Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, at the official remembrance service, Ko Tātou, Tātou We Are One, in Hagley Park, Christchurch on Friday. You can read the Prime Minister’s full speech to the Christchurch National Memorial Service here.

Credit: Mark Tantrum / Christchurch City Council

The service saw key representatives from the Muslim community take the stage, including the Imam of the Linwood Mosque. 

International singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens was among the artists who performed at the service. 

Credit: Mark Tantrum / Christchurch City Council


Our Government's response

Last week, six days after the terrorist attack, the Prime Minister announced a ban on military style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. We are banning every type of semi-automatic weapon the terrorist used.

There will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Christchurch which will deliver recommendations to Government on what could have or should have been done to prevent the terrorist attack.

We are taking on the technology and social media companies whose platforms were used to publicise and prepare for the attack.

Listening to New Zealanders over the last week, those who use guns for legitimate purposes, and those who have never even touched one, it is clear to the Government that the easy availability of these weapons must end.

When legislation is introduced, all New Zealanders will have a chance to provide formal feedback as part of the parliamentary process – we encourage you to do that. You can keep up to date on this legislation here.


If you need to speak to someone, or if you are feeling distressed, you can call or text 1737. There are extra staff available. That number is available to everyone.