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New Zealand’s high commissioner to Australia says the relationship between the two countries remains strong, and has condemned controversial statements made by Senator Fraser Anning after an Australian man was accused of killing 50 people in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

Dame Annette King rejected Mr Anning’s “atrocious” views that Muslim immigration contributed to the attacks and was glad the comments had been condemned by the Australian government and the Australian people.

“He does not represent New Zealand’s views, nor Australia’s views. They are atrocious and we reject them absolutely,” she said.

New Zealand High Commissioner Dame Annette King and husband Ray Lind view flowers left at the front gate of the high commission in Canberra on Sunday, following the mass shooting in Christchurch

New Zealand High Commissioner Dame Annette King and husband Ray Lind view flowers left at the front gate of the high commission in Canberra on Sunday, following the mass shooting in ChristchurchCredit:Alex Ellinghausen

Dame Annette said the fact the man charged with perpetrating the attack was Australian did not harm the relationship between the two countries, because he did not represent Australia nor New Zealand.

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