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Nationwide remembrance service to be held following Christchurch terror attack

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that a nationwide remembrance service for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack will be held at 10am on Friday, March 29.

In a release today, Ms Ardern said the service will be held in Hagley Park in Christchurch and will be jointly led by the New Zealand Government, the city of Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu and people from the Muslim community.

Ms Ardern said considerations are being given to broadcasting the service across the rest of the country to events being planned for Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and other towns and cities.

"The National Remembrance Service provides an opportunity for Cantabrians, New Zealanders and people all around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack," Ms Ardern said.

"In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country.

"The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values."

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said it will be a time for people to come together in unity.

"I am very proud of the way our city and nation have responded to this terrorist attack," Ms Dalziel said.

"What happened on Friday, March 15, 2019 will never define us.

"It is what has happened since, the love and compassion - that's what defines us.

"Coming together on Friday will demonstrate support for all our communities, no matter where we were born, no matter where and how we choose to express our faith.

"We do not stand alone, we stand together."

Full details of the events, including exact locations, broadcast arrangements and the order of service will be announced this week.

A woman walking a dog gazes at flowers left by mourners along a wall at Christchurch's Botanical Gardens. Source: Associated Press