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Nationwide reflection set for 1.30pm today to honour Christchurch mosque attack victims one week on

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced details of today's nationwide reflection for victims of the Christchurch terror attack a week ago. 

The Muslim Call to Prayer at 1.30pm will be followed by a two-minute silence at 1.32pm, at Hagley Park, opposite the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Avenue in Christchurch. 

Coverage of the Call to Prayer and two-minute silence will be broadcast live on TVNZ1 and 1Newsnow.co.nz starting at 1.00pm. 

New Zealanders are being encouraged to join in wherever they may be.

"I know many New Zealanders wish to mark the week that has passed since the terrorist attack and to support the Muslim community as they return to mosques," Ms Ardern said.

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    At 1.30pm today there will be a call to prayer for Muslims, and two minutes later the country will fall silent. Source: Breakfast

    "How we choose to reflect during the silence will be different for each of us. Everyone should do what feels right for them wherever they are - at home, at work, at school," she said. 

    Planning is also continuing for a National Memorial Service, which will be held next week, the Prime Minister said.

    "While it will be in Christchurch, we're looking at how we can involve the rest of New Zealand," she said.

    Ms Ardern said she appreciates there's significant interest in this service from throughout New Zealand and internationally.

    She said the Government will continue to work closely with the local Muslim community, Ngāi Tahu, the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand and Christchurch City Council to provide more information as soon as it can.    

    "As a nation, as one, we will pay our respects to those who died in Christchurch," Ms Ardern said.

    The attacks on worshipers at the Deans Ave and Linwood mosques last Friday afternoon left 50 people dead and another 50 injured.

    A 28-year-old Australian man has been charged with murder following the attacks.

    Mourners stand in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch.
    Mourners stand in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. Source: Associated Press