Christchurch attacks: Victims honoured with national memorial service
11.46am: Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said of Ms Ardern’s speech following the service, “I thought that the Prime Minister’s words just really rang out across Hagley Park and did you feel the sense that the crowd really understood what this was all about?
11.34am: The remembrance service was closed with the final waiata of the morning, performed by a kapa haka group.
11.26am: Hollie Smith and Teeks performed a duet, after which the national anthem was performed by Maisey Rika.
11.20am: Kiwi artists Hollie Smith and Teeks have paid tribute to the lives lost in the Christchurch terror attacks with a touching duet.
11.15am: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has addressed members of the public at the National Remembrance Service in Hagley Park today. She said, “We gather here 14 days on from our darkest of hours, and the days that have followed the terrorist attack on 15th of March, we’ve often found ourselves without words”.
10.55am: Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens has taken to the stage to perform songs Peace Train and Don’t Be Shy as part of a musical tribute to those affected by the Christchurch terror attacks. He said, “Our hearts go out to the families of those whose lives were snatched away in that evil carnage while they were worshipping in the mosque two weeks ago”.
10.53am: Members of the Muslim community have read the names of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch terror attacks, with the Christchurch Interfaith Society standing in solidarity.
10.35am: A survivor of the Al Noor Mosque terrorist attack, Farid Ahmed, has thanked New Zealanders for “coming together to show the world that New Zealand is a peaceful country”.
10.15am: Kiwi singer Marlon Williams has sung a waiata as part of a musical tribute to the lives lost in the Christchurch terror attacks.
9.45am: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was photographed with Australian dignitaries as he paid his respects to the victims of the terror attacks. Mr Morrison said in a tweet, “Today we are all joined together as Australians.