New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a pillar of strength

Nellie Chapman
March 17, 2019

On Saturday, Christchurch Hospital said 39 people remained in hospital, 11 of them in intensive care.

Whether it was at her media conference in the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch mosque massacre on Friday or comforting the devastated Muslim community in the shaken city yesterday, the 38-year-old leader has displayed the right balance of strength and compassion in the aftermath of the atrocity that killed 49 and injured 39 more.

Tarrant was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he walked into the courtroom. His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.

Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC) Colin Tukuitonga also showed his support for New Zealand and those who lost loved ones.

Former NSW personal trainer Tarrant did not apply for bail when he appeared in court on Saturday and was remanded in custody without plea until April 5.

"I said to him, 'Calm down, the police are here now, '" Khan said.

The attack, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times, was immediately dubbed terrorism by Ms Ardern, as she guided a shocked nation on one of its "darkest days".

One of the images most widely shared on social media in solidarity with New Zealand is a cartoon of a kiwi, the country's national bird, crying.

Mr Bush revealed on Sunday that a 50th victim had been found, while 50 people had been wounded in the shootings sprees at the the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid six kilometres away during Friday prayers.

In the 74-page manifesto he left behind, Tarrant talks about an "invasion" from India, along with China and Turkey, and defines the three countries as "potential nation enemies in the East".

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The shooter live-streamed the assault on Facebook. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

The staff member monitoring the accounts sent it to parliamentary services as soon as they saw it, who sent it to police, the spokesman said.

During the Saturday morning hearing, a man who was not in court was charged with using writings to incite hatred against a race or ethnicity, but it was not clear if his case was related to the mosque attacks. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

Business Standard reports that Tarrant allegedly used "two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon".

She went on to add that the suspect, Brenton Tarrant, obtained a gun license in November 2017 and purchased the weapons used in his attacks legally in December of 2017.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

Police stand guard at Christchurch Hospital.

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque.

While the main court proceedings will take place in New Zealand, there will be an investigation into Tarrant's background in Australia, according to Prime Minister Morrison.

New Zealand police have described efforts to identify the victims as "detailed and complex work" that must be "completed thoroughly".

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