Live: Hundreds gather for vigil in Nelson in honour of Christchurch attack victims

 tvnz.co.nz  3/16/2019 6:04:38 PM 

1 NEWS' live updates after 50 people were killed in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon.

12.15pm: Nelson filling out Trafalgar Square for Christchurch vigil.

Nelson filling out Trafalgar Square for Christchurch vigil. Source: 1 NEWS
Hundreds gather for Christchurch vigil in Nelson. Source: 1 NEWS

11.35am: Air New Zealand has capped one-way domestic fares for flights directly to and from Christchurch at $139 to assist customers needing to travel there to support those affected by the shooting.

11.30am: Tonight's Wellington vigil will now be held at the Basin Reserve, not Civic Square at 6pm.  There will be free on-street parking in the CBD from 4pm today.

11.25am: The search of a property in Somerville Street, Dunedin, has now completed.  A number of items of interest were located however no items that would present harm to members of the public were discovered, according to police. Those nearby residents who were evacuated overnight have been able to return to their homes. A police scene guard will remain in place at the property.

11.20am: Police say they are currently working to identify the injured and deceased victims of the attack.

11.15am: According to a police statement, mosques are welcome to open their doors if they choose to do so. Police will continue to maintain a presence at all mosques across New Zealand.

11.00am: Over 47,000 people have donated to the Givealittle fund set up for the families affected by the Christchurch twin terror attacks, souring past $3 million.

The Givealittle fund raiser began on March 15 and has since raised $3,223,825.71.

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The number of injured is at 50, 36 of those remain in hospital. Source: 1 NEWS

10.15am: Police are looking into reports of a drone flying around the Hagley Park area in Christchurch.  For the safety of the community, any locals who may be operating this drone are advised to cease this immediately. Drone activity can affect helicopters responding to any emergencies revolving around the Christchurch terror attack. A reminder to the public that there is a no fly zone in place.

10.05am: "The two police officers [that made the arrest] acted with absolute courage and I am so proud of what they have done, they have prevented further deaths and risked their own lives to do so," says Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

10.00am: Mr Bush says the Australian citizen charged with murder obtained a New Zealand firearms licence in 2017.

9.55am: Security around mosques will continue until there is no threat, police say.

9.45am: The 28-year-old charged with murder appeared in court yesterday and has been remanded until April 5 to appear in the High Court, according to police.  Two others were also in custody, one woman has been released without charge and a man has been charged with firearms offences.  At this stage police do not believe either of them were involved in the attacks.

9.35am: Police Commissioner Mike Bush says death toll has been revised to 50.  The number of injured is also 50, 36 of those remain in Christchurch Hospital, 2 remain critical and one child in Starship Hospital.  Read full story here.

8.30am: Aziz, 48, is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch after leading the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his car.

When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn't hide. Instead, he picked up the first thing he could find, a credit card machine, and ran outside screaming "Come here!"

But Aziz, whose four sons and dozens of others remained in the mosque while he faced off with the gunman, said he thinks it's what anyone would have done.  Read full story here.

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Abdul Aziz, survivor of mosque shooting is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch. Source: Associated Press

8.00am: A UN anti racism day march makes a stop outside New Zealand house to lay flowers.

7.45am: Australia are paying their respects too.

7:30am: Over 42,000 people have donated to the Givealittle fund set up for the families affected by the Christchurch twin terror attacks, reaching a close $3 million.

The Givealittle fund raiser began on March 15 and has since raised $2,825,128.

7.15am: The Bangladesh national cricket team have returned home.  Captain Mahmud Ullah spoke to media and thanked New Zealand authorities for arranging their safety and quick return.  

The team was scheduled to play the third and final test against New Zealand from Saturday.  Some members of the team escaped the attack as they arrived a few minutes late at Al Noor mosque for prayers.  

7.00am: Last night hundreds of people gathered on the beach at Mount Maunganui as vigils continued for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.  Parents held children on their shoulders, fathers wiped away tears and there were candles and singing - but also anger.

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Tears, hugs and prayers as families young and old lay flowers and candles down for the victims at a vigil last night. Source: 1 NEWS
Hundreds gather on the beach at Mount Maunganui at sunset for a vigil for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks. Source: 1 NEWS
Families lay out candles and flowers in Tauranga for the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Source: 1 NEWS

Moving vigils were also held at Tamatekapua in Rotorua and at Hamilton's Claudelands Park.  With more vigils set to continue today.

49 people are confirmed dead in the shooting which took place at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. Four of the 49 killed died on en route to hospital and one died in hospital.

Thirty-six remain in hospital with 11 people in ICU and 1 child transferred to Starship hospital.

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