Christchurch terror attack: Events cancelled around the countryby RNZ
Several major events around the country will not be going ahead today following the mosque attacks in Christchurch yesterday.
Police have asked all mosques nationally to shut their doors until further notice.
The final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest has been cancelled.
- Follow RNZ's live blog for the latest updates
- Find out what you need to know
- Watch Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel speak about the attacks
- Read what the world's leaders have to say
Festival organisers said the Christchurch attacks have been unsettling and the cancellation was done out of respect for the well-being of those involved in their event.
"If the event had gone ahead there would have been a significant presence of heavily armed police at the festival which would not have been appropriate for Saturday's family day focus at the ASB Polyfest," Event director Seiuli Terri Leo Mauu said.
The University of Otago has also postponed its 150th anniversary street parade scheduled for today.
And the organisers of the Wellington Pride Festival said its hīkoi and Out in the Park event has been cancelled, following advice from the police.
The third cricket Test between Bangladesh and NZ - due to start in Christchurch today - has also been cancelled.
The New Zealand flag will be flown at half-mast on all government and public buildings with immediate effect as a mark of mourning and respect for the victims of the terror attacks.
The instruction applies to all government departments, buildings and naval vessels which normally fly the New Zealand flag.
The flag will continue to be flown at half-mast until further notice.
Greg McGee always knew his great-grandfather had kidnapped his father and uncles as infants, but now for the first time he’s revealing that...Read more
When it comes to video streaming, the hearing- and visually impaired can only dream about the technology that’s passing them by.Read more
Belgian film Girl follows the anxious life of a transgender ballerina as she transitions.Read more
A readers asks, "I’ve experienced mouth ulcers in the past and found they came when I hadn’t been eating much red meat. Why is that?"Read more
Many people will have forgotten Sir Bob Jones once put himself at risk of becoming the Prime Minister of New Zealand.Read more
The road has sometimes been rocky for this humble mountaineer, but Morris is quietly blazing a trail for a new generation of “girl guides”.Read more