Christchurch shooting

Crusaders hold off on name change

In light of the Mosque shootings in Christchurch, there have been suggestions that the Super Rugby team should change its name.

The franchise said they'll take on board all concerns.

The Crusaders logo depicts a medieval knight swinging a sword, while horsemen often ride into the Christchurch stadium ahead of matches dressed as medieval knights.

In a statement the franchise says it understands the concerns that have been raised but believes now is not the time to discuss the matter.

Nauru President joins global leaders in condemning attacks in Christchurch mosques

“We stand with @jacindaardern to condemn violence and hatred,” President Waqa said on the Government’s Twitter account.

“The prayers of our nation are with you. May God bring you peace.”

President Waqa also issued a statement in his capacity as Pacific Islands Forum Chair.

He expressed shock and sadness at the tragic events in Christchurch, which claimed the lives of 50 people and left dozens injured.

Multiple fatalities confirmed after shooting at two Christchurch mosques

One person is in custody, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said, but it is not know if other gunmen are still on the loose.

A person appearing to be a white supremacist issued a warning on social media ahead of the attack and appears to have streamed live video of at least one of the shootings taking place.

Parts of central Christchurch, including schools, are in lockdown after the incidents.

Eyewitnesses said as many as 15 people may been hit at one mosque, the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Ave.