New Zealand to 'confront' Erdogan over Christchurch mosque shooting remarks

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"Anything of that nature that misrepresents this country - given that [the suspect] was a non-New Zealand citizen - imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas and it's totally unfair", New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Monday.

Morrison was considering the expulsion over "highly offensive and highly reckless" comments made at a political rally by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr Erdogan sparked fury Down Under after he used clips of last week's terror attack at a New Zealand mosque which killed 50 people, at an election rally in the northern town of Eregli.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters, visiting Indonesia, on Wednesday highlighted that the gunman was "a non-New Zealander, an outsider".

"Our Deputy Prime Minister is travelling [there] and, as he has said, he is setting the record straight, face-to-face", Ardern said.

"I find President Erdogan's comments very at odds with what Ataturk said about our sons could lie safely on their shores and rest in peace there", the Prime Minister said.

Mr Morrison, who said "all options" for further action remained available, accused Mr Erdogan of insulting the memory of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops, which he said violated "the pledge that is etched in stone at Gallipoli".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Australians and New Zealanders would soon travel to Gallipoli to mark Anzac Day and 100 years of friendship with Turkey.

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He presented the attack as part of an assault on Turkey and Islam and warned anti-Muslim Australians would be "sent back in coffins" like their grandfathers at Gallipoli - a blood-drenched WWI battle.

He also pointed out that Canberra was also reconsidering its travel advice for Australians planning trips to Turkey.

New Zealand's global spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence before the shootings.

Erdogan, while campaigning for March 31 local elections, said on Tuesday that Turkey would make the suspected attacker pay if New Zealand did not.

Burials for the victims began on Wednesday morning amid aggravation over the delay, as under Islam bodies are usually buried within 24 hours. We had no issues with you, why did you come all the way over here? "It was highly offensive to Australians and highly reckless".

Erdoğan's repeated use of the footage, largely in a bid to portray his chief election opponents as soft on terrorism, has infuriated the New Zealand government, which is trying to blend a message of reconciliation with the Islamic community in New Zealand with a promise to crack down on the causes of terrorism.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech to MPs of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, on January 8, 2019.

He said Foreign Minister Marise Payne would be speaking to her Turkish counterpart.

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