Judith Collins praises Jacinda Ardern's handling of Christchurch attack, showing respect by wearing headscarf

National MP Judith Collins has praised Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's handing of the Christchurch terror attack, and for choosing to wear a headscarf while paying her respects.

Fifty people were killed in the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, and 29 remain in hospital, including a number who are critically ill.

The funerals for those killed began yesterday.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Ms Collins expressed her "profound" shock and sadness at the actions of the alleged killed, who is currently facing a charge of murder, and hailed Ms Ardern's handling of the situation.

"I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the work she did yesterday, I thought it was outstanding.

"I know there has been unfortunate comment on the internet about the fact she chose to wear a scarf.

"I wear a scarf, Mr Speaker, and I do whenever I enter other people’s places of worship where that is appropriate.

"It is a mark of respect and I thought it was the right thing to do."

She also praised Simon Bridges and all MPs who had put aside politics in New Zealand’s time of need.

Ms Collins’s voice wavered when praising the police.

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"I grieve with the people of the Islamic religion in NZ," she said. Source: 1 NEWS