The unprecedented terror attack in Christchurch created a situation no New Zealand government has ever had to face. Senior writer Claire Trevett reveals how the political response unfolded.

DAY ONE: FRIDAY MARCH 15

Jacinda Ardern was on her way to the site of a new school in New Plymouth when the shooting began.

It was sunny and bright in Taranaki. The Prime Minister's day had begun with a surprise visit to students taking part in the climate change protest. She then went to a function to launch a plan to move Taranaki from oil and gas industries on to cleaner

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DAY TWO: SATURDAY MARCH 16

DAY THREE: SUNDAY MARCH 17

DAY FOUR: MONDAY MARCH 18