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More money handed out from victims appeal

More money has been distributed to support people affected by the Christchurch mosque attacks.

A vigil held in Whangarei in March

This includes money for the first time to anyone who was present at the two mosques but survived.

Extra money is being also being given to the next-of-kin of the 51 people who died and to the 38 people who were injured.

Another $15,000 will go to the families of the deceased, adding to the $30,000 they have already received.

Those injured will get another $12,000, the same amount they were earlier given.

The latest payments bring the total to $7 million from more than $10.5m raised by Victim Support through Givealittle.

A final payment will be made in June once all donations have been received and a final appeal total is known.

Victim Support chief executive Kevin Tso said the third lump sum payment amount has been agreed with Islamic community leaders.

"We are contacting the victims on the police list which was given to us this week."

"We are working hard to advise the victims of this payment and to confirm bank account details so they are included in the banking process to deposit this third lump sum payment directly into their accounts next week," he said.

A contingency amount of $1m will be held back from the final payment to ensure that Victim Support can meet commitments to victims' emergency expenses and provide financial assistance to new victims who are still to come forward.


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