Jacinda Ardern shares the personal toll the Christchurch attack has taken

Leroy Wright
March 26, 2019

Areeb was among nine Pakistanis who were killed by a right-wing white supremacist who, armed with semi-automatic weapons, opened fire on worshippers in two mosques during Friday congregational prayers on March 15 and live-streamed the terror attack on social media. "But I'm the last one that anybody should be anxious about".

She is to travel to Beijing on Sunday then hold a full day of meetings Monday with the leaders of New Zealand's largest trading partner, including President Xi Jinping, before returning home the next day.

"The idea that people now do not, I find deeply distressing and it's my job to try and bring that sense of security back".

Ardern's gesture following the shootings in two mosques in Christchurch on a Friday, the prayer's day, earned accolades the world over as she met the bereaved families wearing a Hijab.

"I think it's hard to analyse the way you are changed by parenthood but you feel it in your responses and empathy", she said.

China expects that the trip will help the two sides to increase mutual understanding and trust, expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields and inject new impetus into a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, said the ministry.

Peters said OIC members were full of praise for the support New Zealand had offered its small, tight-knit Muslim community in the wake of the killings.

"We are absolutely family and we have felt that support acutely", she said.

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Ms Ardern has repeatedly played down the Huawei spat and did not directly address it on Monday.

"It's an unusual attack for a lot of the public because it takes a community that's been framed as perpetrators and turns them into victims", he said.

"This is not a world first, and so that is why our language is very deliberate".

Jacinda Ardern has given a candid interview reflecting on the impacts of the Christchurch terror attack-not just on her country, but on her personal life.

"It was so obvious that would be the appropriate thing to do", she told Aly.

"I'll remember that really deeply", he said.

In the last minutes of the interview, Ardern thanked Australia for their solidarity.

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