New Zealand To Pay For Funerals Of Christchurch Victims
Families of those who were killed in the Christchurch terror attack won't have to worry about the full cost of funeral expenses while mourning their loved ones.
At least 50 people were killed and 50 others were wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said families of victims are eligible for a funeral grant of around NZ$10,000 regardless of their immigration status.
"For the ACC -- as I've said before immigration status is not a factor -- it is based on the event happening here in New Zealand," she said in a statement.
"In an event such as this -- murder or manslaughter-- the family is eligible for a funeral grant of around $10,000."
The Accident Compensation Corporation, or ACC, is the country's organisation that covers all of its citizens and visitors under a no-fault scheme if they're injured in an accident, according to its website.
ACC provides financial compensation to help with the cost of recovering from an accident, including "payment towards treatment, help at home and work and help with your income".
"Whether you've been injured in the Christchurch attacks or have lost a loved one, we're here to help," ACC's support page states.
"We'll work with you and your family to make sure you get the help you need."
The website explains there are various ways those impacted can get help, from providing childcare support, counselling, help at home and replacing a portion of one's lost earnings due to injuries sustained during the attack.
Those who lost a loved one in the shootings can receive a total of NZ$10,000 for a funeral or memorial tax-free and it can be held in the country or abroad.
In addition to funeral costs, tax-free "survivor grants" are available for the partner, children and dependents of the person who died.
The ACC will also provide ongoing support to children of the deceased, as well as provide a portion of income lost from the death.
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The prime minister said the bodies of those who died are being returned to their families and expects all of the deceased will be reunited with their loved ones by Wednesday.
Four people were arrested following the attack but only 28-year-old Australian national Brenton Tarrant has been charged with one count of murder.
In the lead up to the attack, Tarrant posted a 74-page "manifesto" online, detailing his motives for the shooting. The NSW man was not on any watchlist in Australia or New Zealand, despite online profiles linked to him containing white supremacist material.
He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in the High Court of New Zealand on April 5.
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