Prince William attends emotional Anzac Day ceremony in New Zealand

New Zealand & France plan bid to tackle online extremism

William, who received a traditional Maori greeting from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when he touched down in the country, also met with first responders to the Christchurch attack.

After opening his speech in te reo Māori in part of the mosque that still has underlay covering the floor instead of carpet, Prince William said he could not believe the news about the shootings when he heard it at his home.

The Duke said Christchurch has endured "so much more than its fair share of hardship".

'I stand with you in optimism.

"Nothing really trains you for seeing it in real life", concluded the duke, who spent time as a pilot with the air ambulance service in East Anglia.

The meeting will be held alongside the Tech for Humanity meeting of G7 digital ministers, of which France is the chair, and France's separate Tech for Good summit, both on 15 May, the statement said.

"On the 15th of March, tragedy unfolded in this room, a terrorist attempted to sow division and hatred in a place that stands for togetherness and selflessness", he said.




"He thought he could redefine what this place was".

He said: "Right now my heart is aching. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your honest empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world", Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, wrote on Twitter, sharing an image of the Burj Khalifa. "We share your pain and we are together".

The whirlwind visit will conclude with a visit to Linwood Masjid mosque to meet with members of the community and later he will lay a wreath at the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

Britain's Prince William paid tribute to Australian and New Zealand troops on Thursday at an emotional Anzac Day ceremony, six weeks after the Christchurch mosques massacre.

On a warm morning in Christchurch, with autumn leaves blowing towards mosque, Prince William arrived about 10.30am on Friday to be welcomed by Al Noor Imam Gamal Fouda, Ardern, Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

The Duke has arrived at the Masjid Al Noor mosque where 42 died in a terrorist attack.

William is due to meet staff and survivors of the mosque attacks at the hospital, where dozens of the injured were treated.

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