What we know:
- Fifty people were killed at two Christchurch mosques on Friday, and 50 hurt
- The victims’ ages range from three to 77
- The terror suspect – Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28 – has been charged with murder, but police say other charges will follow
- He has reportedly sacked his duty lawyer, and plans to represent himself
- Jacinda Ardern says he will face justice in New Zealand
- The suspect’s sister’s home has been raided by Australian police
- A national day of mourning is planned, the date yet to be decided
- New Zealand’s largest gun show in Kumeu has been cancelled
- Four people have been arrested in the UK over “frankly disgusting” comments made about the attacks
- More than $4.5 million has been raised on Givealittle for the victims’ families, and another $1.8 million on LaunchGood
- The Government will announce gun law reforms within 10 days
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7:05pm – The Australian Government has warned its travelling citizens to avoid overseas demonstrations and protests as they may find themselves targeted.
“The terrorist attack, motivated by extreme right-wing ideology, has drawn strong condemnation internationally,” it said in a statement on the Smart Traveller website.
“Demonstrations and protests against Australia may occur. Australians travelling overseas should continue to use common sense, be vigilant and exercise caution. They should look out for and report suspicious behaviour, as they would in Australia.
“They should monitor the media and other sources for information about possible new safety or security threats, and follow the advice of local authorities. They should avoid demonstrations and protests, as they can turn violent.”
It said the Government will continue to assess the risks posed to Australian tourists.
6:35pm – Police have welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of an inquiry into the alleged gunman’s activity leading up to the attacks.
“It is important we learn any lessons we can from this tragedy,” Police Commissioner Mike Bush says.
He echoed her encouragement for gun owners to surrender their firearms if they feel uneasy about them.
“We would ask that they please call their local police station or arms officer first for advice on the safe transport of the firearm to police, and to alert our staff ahead of time, given the current situation.”
5:55pm – The earlier bomb scare at Auckland Airport was a “misunderstanding”, according to police. They’re confident there’s no threat to the public.
5:50pm – Police Commissioner Mike Bush has told media only one attacker is believed to have been involved in Friday’s massacre.
As the terror attacks unfolded, there were reports of multiple shooters in Christchurch.
5:25pm – Police are responding after a passenger made a bomb threat at Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal.
The scare comes a day after a suspicious package was discovered at Dunedin Airport (which turned out to be a hoax) and three days after suspicious items were investigated at Auckland’s Britomart train station.
5:15pm – Changes to New Zealand’s gun laws will be announced within 10 days, the Prime Minister says.
Cabinet met on Monday to discuss firearms reforms and made “in-principle decisions”, Jacinda Ardern told media on Monday afternoon.
She says Friday’s attacks “exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand’s gun laws”.
An expanded Cabinet that included the Green Party was in total agreement about the need for changes,” Ardern says.
She reassured gun owners, particularly those in rural communities, that the changes are not directed at them, and acknowledged there would be a “short period of uncertainty” for those people.
There will be an inquiry into the events leading up to the Christchurch attacks, which will examine the alleged gunman’s travels and activities within New Zealand and whether the massacre could have been prevented.
The inquiry will involve the NZSIS, the GCSB, Police, Customs and Immigration.
Ardern says a date for a memorial day is being worked out but it will not happen this week.
4:35pm – The body of one victim has been returned to their family, police confirmed to Newshub.
4:30pm – Some of New Zealand’s biggest brands are reportedly pulling ads from Facebook and Google to protest the Christchurch attack livestream.
The gunman filmed the massacre at the mosques using Facebook Live. The horrific footage aired uninterrupted for 17 minutes, and was widely available on social media for hours afterwards despite platforms trying to remove reuploads.
NZME reports ASB, Lotto NZ, Spark, Burger King and others will stop advertising on Facebook and Google to take a stand against unmoderated content.
In the hours after the shooting, Kiwibank independently suspended all its digital advertising.
4:05pm – Pop culture fans who attend this year’s Armageddon Expo won’t be allowed to wear costumes inspired by military clothing or take in realistic-looking toy firearms.
In a Facebook post, organisers said the event’s cosplay and props policies had been updated in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.
“For all events moving forward, real life and imitation military clothing of any kind will not be permitted under any circumstances,” the post reads.