NZ PM Jacinda Ardern announces Royal Commission into mosque attacks

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CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that her government will set up a Royal Commission into mosque shootings.

The commission will determine whether security agencies missed any opportunities to stop the gunman in the lead up to the attacks that killed 50 people and left dozens of others wounded.

Among those killed in the attacks were nine Pakistanis.

A day of mourning was observed in Pakistan on Friday to show solidarity with the families of the victims.

Meanwhile, PM Ardern, who has traveled to China on a diplomatic mission this Sunday, has cut short her trip due to the terror attacks in Christchurch. She will be back in New Zealand on Tuesday.

The prime minister will formally open the New Zealand embassy in China.

Kiwi music stars to perform benefit concert

According to local media, New Zealand musicians are joining together to hold benefit concerts to raise funds for those affected by the Christchurch terror attacks.

Kiwi artists such as Bic Runga, Marlon Williams and Fat Freddy’s Drop will perform at the You Are Us/Aroha Nui concerts that are scheduled to take place on Saturday April 13 at Auckland’s Spark Arena and on Wednesday April 17 at Christchurch Stadium.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Our People, Our City fund, which was set up by the Christchurch Foundation to support the Muslim communities affected by the tragedy.

Both shows will be hosted by mental health advocate Mike King, with confirmed performances from Anika Moa, Bene, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Hollie Smith, Illbaz, Marlon Williams, Mitch James, Shapeshifter, Shihad, Six60, Stan Walker + Seth Haapu, Teeks and The Adults.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she is grateful the New Zealand music industry is supporting the fundraising effort.