A dual national was arrested near the Syrian border with her two children and identified as a Daesh member. NZ PM Ardern urged Australia to consider the welfare of the children who were "born in a conflict zone through no fault of their own".
Police said schools in the area are in lockdown as they search for attacker, who fled after the incident.
New Zealand introduced its highest, level 4 lockdown measures in March, under which offices, schools and all non-essential services like bars, restaurants, cafes and playgrounds were shut down.
The centre-left leader announced Kiwis would go to the polls on September 19, two months ahead of the last possible date for the ballot, when she will seek a second three-year term.
New Zealand's deployment in Iraq had been scheduled to end in May 2017, but successive New governments extended the date.
The Royal Commission investigation will look into the shooter's activities, use of social media and international connections, as well as whether there were inappropriate priority settings in counter-terrorism resources.
New Zealand's prime minister has been rightly applauded for her response to the attacks against Muslims in New Zealand, but that shouldn't obscure the fact that she has helped to empower anti-Muslim bigotry in her rise to power.
Only one lawmaker from the 120 that sit in New Zealand's Parliament voted against the legislation in a bipartisan display of unity.
Australian police said that the counter-terrorism teams raided two homes linked to the mass shooting that killed at least 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week.
At least 50 people were killed after a shooter opened fire inside two mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days."
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