He did not apply for bail, or for his name to be suppressed.
Instead, the accused smirked at media persons present and swayed while the charges were read out.
Tarrant appeared in a Christchurch District Court on Saturday and was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.
Ardern addressed New Zealanders hours after the attacks-which appears to have been driven by the white nationalist, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic beliefs of the suspected attacker-to unequivocally call the shooting an act of terror and to say that the suspect had legally obtained the guns he used and had been able to modify them, allowing him to own the weapons without registering them.
People from all walks of life arrived at the police barriers near the mosques on Saturday to pay their respects and to show support for New Zealand's 50,000 Muslims, who make up about one percent of the population. It was later notified that one of the detained was later let go.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday said it was "clear this was one of New Zealand's darkest days".
"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.
- AP In this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to representatives of the Muslim community, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"The street that I work on was covered in SWAT cars, they were flying past every minute, and loads of police cars going back and forth, so that must have been when they found out that there were attacks in at least two places, the first mosque and the second mosque".
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said on Friday: "Whilst there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the United Kingdom, additional uniform patrols will continue in London and nationally over the coming days, focusing on places of worship and specific communities". Australia honoured the victims by lighting up some of the country's most famous landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House which projected the Silver Fern of New Zealand on its sails. Gunmen opened fire in two separate mosques in Christchurch on Friday, killing 49 people and wounding 48 others. He faces one count of murder, but Ardern said further charges would follow.
Gun control experts told the Guardian such weapons can be easily converted into a military-style semi-automatic rifle using a high-capacity magazine, the sale of which is not regulated in New Zealand.
New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped.
The document had been immediately sent to security and the police. Moreover, the person charged with murder had not been "on the radar" of the intelligence community for extremism, the prime minister explained.
Ardern said she had asked authorities to look into whether there was any activity on social media or elsewhere ahead of the attack that should have triggered a response. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear.
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