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New Zealand PM to make curtailed China trip

26 March 2019

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that there will be a Royal Commission Inquiry into the nation's security agencies over their failure to thwart the Christchurch terrorist attack.

In an interview on The Project with Waleed Aly, Ardern said she was "deeply sad" after the attacks on two mosques, adding that when "there aren't cameras, where I've just been with family ... it's fair to say that those are very emotional moments." .

"It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to how this act of terrorism occurred and how we could have stopped it", she told reporters in Wellington on Monday.

Ms Ardern said it would produce a "comprehensive" report.

Last week, Ardern said New Zealand's cabinet had agreed to launch an inquiry.

Ms Ardern has ruled out re-introducing the death penalty for the trial.

The minister in charge of New Zealand intelligence departments, Andrew Little, has denied suggestions authorities had not paid enough attention to far-right extremists and said an increased focus had been put on alt-right and white supremacy over the past year.

She said discussion items would include upgrading the bilateral free trade deal and combatting climate change.

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"Our job is to share love and support for our Muslim communities around the world", she said.

Ardern said on Sunday that a national remembrance service would be held on March 29 to honor the victims, most of whom were migrants or refugees.

The vigil ended with a rendition of "Welcome Home", a diversity-appeal song heard often in recent days, performed at Hagley by Conor Moore - composed in 2005 by New Zealand's legendary singer-song-writer Dave Dobbyn.

Ansi Alibava, 25, was the first of at least five Indians shot dead on March 15 to be repatriated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten will discuss the issue of violent online content with representatives from social media giants in Brisbane on Tuesday.

The alleged gunman, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, has been transferred from Christchurch and is now believed to be held in a maximum security prison in Auckland.

A suspected white supremacist has been charged with one count of murder over the Christchurch shootings and will next appear in court on April 5.

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New Zealand PM to make curtailed China trip