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Zaid Mustafa at the funeral of his brother and father mourners arrive at Memorial Park Cemetery a tribute at Cashmere High School Jacinda Ardern meets first responders

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The Muslim call to prayer will also be broadcast nationally, she said.

The 28-year-old Australian gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, killed 50 people and wounded almost 30 others while broadcasting on Facebook live before police brought an end to his rampage within 21 minutes of the first emergency calls concerning the shooting.

Police commissioner Mike Bush said that the process had been slow because of the need to identify victims conclusively and to avoid hindering the prosecution.

13-year-old Zaid Mustafa (in wheelchair) attends the funeral of his father and brother at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The gunman entered the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch at about 1.40pm on Friday and opened fire, before driving about 5 kilometres across town and attacking the Linwood mosque.

Flowers placed outside the grounds of Ponsonby mosque
Flowers placed outside the grounds of Ponsonby mosque

"I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them", Ardern said.

Philip Arps appeared in the Christchurch District Court on two charges of distributing a live stream of the murder of multiple victims at the Deans Avenue Mosque.

Twenty-nine people wounded in the attacks remained in hospital, eight still in intensive care.

Ms Ardern announced two minutes of silence would be held to mark Friday's one-week anniversary, as many in the Muslim community return to their mosques.

ASSOCIATED PRESS "I can not tell you how gutting it is.a family came here for safety and they should have been safe here", said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

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"Never mention the perpetrator's name. never remember him for what he did", she said, asking the children to focus on the victims.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's plea not to give any notoriety to the accused 28-years-old Australian white supremacist first came in a speech to Parliament prompted by the accused gunman's decision to dismiss his lawyer and represent himself.

Speaking to media on her second visit to Christchurch since the terror attack, She said: "There is a desire to show support to the Muslim community as they return to Mosques, particularly on Friday, adding: "To acknowledge this there will be a two minutes' silence on the same day". Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

Police had now formally identified 21 victims and their bodies would be released to their families.

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Bush, the police commissioner, said they believe they know where the gunman was going for a third attack when officers rammed his auto off the road but won't say more because it's an active investigation. This prompted an internal investigation, which uncovered the fact that the individual in question had been posting his views on social media under an assumed name.

He warned anti-Muslim Australians would suffer the same fate as soldiers in the bloody battle of Gallipoli in World War One.

He said there would be many waves of emotions to come for the families of the victims.

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