New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern visits town where Christchurch shooter lived

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UPDATED 8:25 AM PT — Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The prime minister of New Zealand is visiting the city of Dunedin, where the Christchurch mosque shooter once lived.

Jacinda Ardern stopped in the city Wednesday, where she visited an early childhood center to read to children. She said she used the trip as an opportunity to listen to the community’s concerns.

FILE – In this Friday, March 22, 2019 file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, waves as she leaves Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardern was hailed around the world for her decisive response to the two mosque shootings. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

During the visit, she delivered remarks on the how the nation is coming together, following the country’s deadliest mass shooting in history.

“Understandably, there has been a focus from leaders and nations on the response — the feedback that I’ve had, sometimes very directly in phone calls and messages, has been overwhelmed at the response from New Zealanders,” said Prime Minister Ardern. “I have seen the images of New Zealanders standing outside mosque gates, leaving flowers, singing songs and have remarked at how extraordinary they consider that to be.”

Meanhwhile, the alleged shooter will appear in court on April 5, 2019.

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