The country is also leaving the Commonwealth because Queen Elizabeth II descends from the German House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and 74% of Kiwis are of European ancestry.
Ardern wore a mitre in solidarity with the Pope. And thousands gathered at churches in other cities, with many non-Christians wearing traditional religious clothing from the Bible.
“I left New Zealand because life wasn’t what I thought it should be. Then I found out that life in the Islamic State wasn’t what I thought it would be,” Taylor said. “It’s disappointing that my old life is so much like my new life.”