Steve Braunias reflects on the darkest week in New Zealand history.

A 28-year-old man charged with murder will appear in the High Court at Christchurch on April 5. It will likely be a brief appearance. I wonder about going to look at him and to report on those few minutes.

Probably very little will be said – dates, procedure, the usual boring machinery of criminal justice at work – and not much to see. There doesn't seem much of him. He looks kind of short.

Christchurch is a long way to go to stare at someone and record information that


Meeting at the mosque

Darkest day will linger