The competition-leading Central Districts will be presented with the trophy next week at Hamilton's Seddon Park, after the sole other remaining contender, Canterbury, withdrew from its concurrent final match of the season in response to yesterday's terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was apprehended 36 minutes after the first call, the prime minister revealed as she praised the two rural community policemen from Lincoln, a small town 22km southwest of Christchurch, who responded to the emergency.
Handcuffed, barefoot wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak. The semi-automatic rifles used in the shooting were plastered with hand-written white supremacist slogans.
Mr Tarrant was remanded in custody before a high court hearing on April 5 and he did not request bail.
Authorities implemented extra security measures.
According to the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System, this would mean authorities have received "credible intelligence that indicates that individuals or groups continue to possess the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia".
One person died in Christchurch hospital last night and staff are treating 42 patients, ranging from young children to adults, with gunshot wounds.
"This attack has been an enormous shock for all New Zealanders, and I am aware that there is a real sense of fear and concern for personal safety, particularly among our Muslim communities", New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said.
Tributes to the victims poured in from around the world. The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. Worshipper Syed Mazharuddin, who lost two of his friends in the attack, said: "This guy came through the main entrance door". He was shot in the abdomen and the leg. Five other Pakistani citizens were still unaccounted for, he said. She is calling for gun reform in the wake of the killings.
"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters on Saturday. And we grieve with the rest of the world.
"I think we must be clear that the context of the gun laws between New Zealand and Australia are very different", Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was also posted online via links to related social media accounts. "I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you, she said".
The New Zealand premier said that he had been in possession of a "Category A" gun licence obtained in 2017.
"This is not the New Zealand they know".
The third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose team were on a bus approaching one of the mosques with the attack underway, was canceled on Friday.
Nassau County officials said they were monitoring the situation and increasing patrols around houses of worship, as well. "There are obviously questions being asked of how this person was able to enter the country and undertake this act of terror", the premier said.
Tarrant's manifesto said he took "inspiration" from other right-wing extremists including racist Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011 motivated by his hatred of multiculturalism.