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26 March, 2019

Ms Ardern says "I'm deeply sad" after 50 people were killed in the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.

The terror attacks at two mosques on 15 March left 50 people dead.

"One question we need to answer is whether or not we could or should have known more", she added.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters, who appeared at the post-Cabinet press conference alongside Ardern, said his focus during his recent visit to Turkey was to ensure the safety of New Zealanders travelling there and he was pleased by the response of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Aly asks Ms Ardern about her family and how much time she has been able to spend with them.

Saudi King Salman said, "The heinous massacre of the safe worshipers of mosques in New Zealand is a terrorist act and underlines the responsibility of the worldwide community to confront the rhetoric of hatred and terrorism, which is not recognised by religions or values of coexistence among peoples".

There were fears that Beijing had postponed the trip amid strained relations after New Zealand's intelligence agency last November halted plans for Chinese-owned Huawei to participate in a proposed 5G network, citing "significant security risks". "What I underestimated was that it gave people a sense of security".

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She said a royal commission, which are independent inquiries and are usually reserved for matters of the greatest public importance, was an appropriate response to the attack. "And it's my job to bring that sense of security back", she told Aly. But they do not point it out in an attempt to blame.

'The values of tolerance and inclusion and peace - those are New Zealand values.

'We will keep being deliberate in our language because the Muslim community here themselves have called this out as an act of violent extremism and we as a nation reject violent extremism in all its forms, ' she said.

Ardern said the commission would look into whether the resources of spies had been directed in the right direction.

On the same day, according to reports in The National, New Zealand also received a delegation from the UAE who were there to extend their solidarity with the victims of the shooting.

The interview, which aired Monday night in Australia, begins with Ardern asking Aly if she can give him a hug, saying she also saw his moving speech.


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