World leaders have seen New Zealand’s grief and offered messages of condolences and support, says Jacinda Ardern.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the Masjid e Umar Mosque in Auckland, which held an open vigil today to remember the 50 who were killed in last week’s terror attacks in Christchurch.
Hundreds attended the event along with a number of politicians and Muslim leaders.
“I have had the opportunity to speak to a few world leaders,” Ms Ardern said.
“And one of the consistent messages first and foremost has been condolences for our nation."
“But for those who lead predominantly Muslim communities, the other message has been one of thanks and gratitude to the New Zealand people."
“They have seen your outpouring, they have seen the flowers that have lined the street, they have heard the songs and the Haka performed and it has moved them,” the Prime Minister said.
Ms Ardern also acknowledged the unity that has been in parliament this week, which is what she said “New Zealanders wanted and deserved.”
She also paid tribute to the New Zealand Police, thanks she had passed on from the Muslim community who she said are thankful for the police presence on “that horrific day.”