Posted by Bilal Cleland
New Zealand, led by an outstanding Prime Minister, earned the respect of the world with its response to the Christchurch Massacre by a violent white supremacist from Australia.
The broadcasting of the azan to the world at the memorial service the Friday after the killing and the frequency with which Maori groups showed their respect for the Muslim community in Australia and New Zealand with their performance of the haka, built strong bonds between the world Muslim community and New Zealand.
However, as in most societies, there is a racist and bigoted rump despite the overwhelming compassionate response of the nation.
When a NZ veteran of the Afghan war, a member of the Wellington Returned and Service Association, who was organising Anzac Day, suggested an Islamic prayer be performed at the dawn service, he received threats of violence.