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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed her office was one of more than 30 recipients of a so-called manifesto written by the accused Christchurch shooter, sent nine minutes before Friday's mosque attacks.

People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S. March 15, 2019.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon.

Most guns do not require registration under New Zealand's Arms Act and police do not know "how many legally or illegally owned firearms there are in New Zealand", police said previous year.

28-year-old Australian man Brenton Tarrant made a brief court appearance yesterday, charged with murder. Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, he stood silently in Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

"For them to come to what they thought was a safe country and end up facing a shocking incident like this is really sad to hear", says Mark Greenhill, news director for New Zealand's news website Stuff.

Police then rammed the gunman's vehicle and arrested him.

His 21-year-old son Talha also was killed at the Al Noor mosque.

Thirty-four people were in Christchurch Hospital, with 12 in intensive care, while a child was moved to a children's hospital in Auckland.

Bush said police did not believe that three other people arrested on Friday were involved in the attack.

Tarrant had no prior criminal history and is not on any watch lists either in New Zealand or Australia. He said he survived by played dead, but was desperate to know what happened to his friends who were there with him.

Aziz, originally from Afghanistan, ran outside after the shooting started and picked up a shotgun that the gunman had dropped.

42-year-old Husne Ara Parvin from Bangladesh was shot dead when she was rushing to the male section of the mosque hoping that she could save her wheelchair-bound husband, according to one of her relatives who spoke to local media.

The shootings have raised new questions about violence being disseminated online.

Bush said at a news conference Sunday that they found another body at Al Noor mosque as they finished removing the victims, bringing the number of people killed there to 42.

A gunman opened fire on worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, killing 49 people.

However, witnesses have described how many more lives could have been lost, if not for the courage of a worker at Linwood Mosque.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern said adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

The country's gun laws are largely unchanged since 1992, when controls were tightened after the 1990 Aramoana massacre, in which a man killed 13 people with a semi-automatic rifle.