Dozens of bikers performed the traditional Maori haka outside the Al Noor mosque, after a national memorial event was cancelled due to fears of spread of the coronavirus. The imam of the mosque, Gamal Fouda, welcomed the bikers, stating people from all faiths were stopping by to pay their respects.
Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed, a surviver of the shooting at the Linwood mosque, said the anniversary was being observed so the wider community could remember and grieve for those who lost their lives.
Another survivor, Temel Atacocugu, recovered after being shot nine times at the Al Noor mosque. “We are sad more than we are angry,” he said. “It’s very emotional. When I woke up this morning, I’m speechless. I can’t explain what I feel.”