Jacinda Ardern says she will never utter the name of alleged Christchurch mosque attacker - 'give him nothing'

Anna Whyte
Source: 1News

"We cannot allow this to happen again," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Parliament today as she led the condolences for the Christchurch terrorist attack victims.

She urged people to forget the name of the perpetrator, and instead remember the 50 members of the New Zealand Muslim community who were killed last Friday in the attack on two mosques.

"We are grateful the global Muslim community have stood with us and we stand with them," Ms Ardern said.

"I acknowledge that we too also stand with Christchurch and the devastating blow that this has been to their recovery... We acknowledge this double grief."

She said the person at the centre of the terror attack against the Muslim community in New Zealand "will face the full force of the law... The families of the fallen will have justice". 

"You will never hear me mention his name, he is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist but he will, when I speak, be nameless."

"Speak the names of those who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them. We in New Zealand, will give him nothing. Not even his name."

Ms Ardern instead urged people to remember the names of those who have fallen.

"Haji-Daoud Nabi... He was a 71-year-old man who opened the door at the Al Noor Mosque and uttered the words, 'Hello, brother, welcome'."

"His final words."

"He had no idea of the hate that sat behind that door, but his welcome tells us so much. That he was a member of a faith that welcomed all its members, that showed openness and care."

"The only thing that must change after Friday is that this same door must close on all of those who espouse hate and fear."

"We wish for every member of our communities to also feel safe. Safety means being free from the fear of violence. It also means being free from the fear of those sentiments of racism and hate that create a place where violence can flourish, and every single one of us has the power to change that.

Ms Ardern said there had "rightly been questions around how this could have happened here, in a place that prides itself on being peaceful, diverse, there is anger that it has happened here".

"There are many questions that need to be answered and the assurance that I give you is that they will be."

Ms Ardern spoke about social media and the tools and platforms enabling the spread of "ideas and language of division and hate".

"They are the publisher, not just the postman. It cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility.

"This does not take away the responsibility that we must show as a nation."

"To confront racism, violence and extremism."