Christchurch attack: Prince William to meet survivors

Jacinda Ardern hugs a Muslim woman during a visit to a Wellington mosque after the attacks

Jacinda Ardern hugs a Muslim woman during a visit to a Wellington mosque after the attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement that she will co-chair a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 15 that will seek to have world leaders and CEOs of tech companies agree to a pledge, called the Christchurch Call, to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

Prince William lays a wreath at the memorial during the Auckland civic service.

The Duke of Cambridge was accompanied by Ardern and Goff as he arrived for the 11am service.

He stood alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during the event as the public lined the square and quietly watched.

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There has been a strong police presence at services throughout the country today.

Audrey Tolua, who is visiting from Napier with her niece and nephew, toured the museum after the early service and chose to stay.

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But visiting terror-struck Christchurch is the focus of the Duke's trip and events are expected to take a significantly more sombre tone than most royal visits.

A gunman killed 50 people in an attack on two mosques in March, while live-streaming the massacre on Facebook.

Tomorrow, the duke will meet with survivors of the attack, which claimed the lives of 50 people, at Christchurch Hospital and later he will make his way to Masjid Al Noor, where the shootings began.

On Friday, William would lay a wreath at the Dedication Panel, Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

Two sections of Christchurch roads near the quake memorial will be closed from 2pm to 6pm for the visit: Montreal St between Tuam and Cashel Sts, and Cambridge Tce between Rolleston Ave and Cashel St.

Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, visited Christchurch in 2014, when they were on a royal tour of New Zealand.

Prince William also visited Christchurch in the aftermath of the 2011 natural disaster and met with locals, who lined the streets to meet the royal. "No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship".

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