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Cat Stevens, Hollie Smith among big names confirmed to play national remembrance service for Christchurch attacks

The Government has announced details of Friday’s National Remembrance Service, an opportunity for New Zealanders to come together and pay respect to the 50 people who died in the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch.

The remembrance service, Ko Tātou, Tātou - We Are One, will be held in North Hagley Park starting at 10am, jointly led by the city of Christchurch, the Government of New Zealand, Ngāi Tahu and the Muslim community.

It will be broadcast at simultaneous events in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin and in regional towns throughout New Zealand, and live streamed for people to view worldwide.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Marlon Williams, Maisey Rika, Hollie Smith and Teeks are among the well-known artists who will take to the stage.

As official broadcaster, TVNZ will provide live uninterrupted coverage of the Christchurch event in full on TVNZ1, OnDemand and 1 NEWS Now. 

Local councils and community groups around the country will be free to screen the network's coverage at special public gatherings and events. The coverage will also be shared live to New Zealand media outlets and broadcasters around the world.

The 1 NEWS Now livestream will be available to view worldwide.

TVNZ’s coverage will be presented by Hilary Barry and Scotty Morrison, with John Campbell in the field, starting at 9.55am.

The official service begins at 10am and TVNZ won’t carry commentary from the presenting team until the conclusion of formalities. The coverage is estimated to run through to approximately 11.30am, and will be commercial free.

Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, says Friday will be an opportunity for people across New Zealand and around the world to come together with their communities.

“The outpouring of love and support shown to our Muslim brothers and sisters has been heartfelt and has been received in the spirit in which it has been offered.

“It is in coming together as one, standing shoulder to shoulder, that gives expression to this unity and that’s what will see us through.”

Ūpoko of Ngāi Tūāhuriri Dr Te Maire Tau says: "Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu have discovered a common identity and sharing of values with our Muslim community in the wake of this tragedy, and this has provided a resounding sense of unity that we can all find strength in."

The full order of service and further details will be released in coming days.

A message card is placed at a collection of flowers left at Christchurch's Botanical Gardens. Source: Associated Press