The man accused of the Christchurch terror attacks has pleaded not guilty to all the 92 charges laid against him and will face trial in May next year.
Brenton Tarrant, the suspect in the Christchurch mosque shootings, appears in the Christchurch District Court on March 16.
The Australian is being held in New Zealand's only maximum security jail, in Auckland, and prison staff say he has no access to television, radio, newspapers or visitors.
The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members, while about another 60 watched the proceedings on video in an overflow room.
Despite Tarrant's visual presence in the courtroom room, his microphone was muted.
The 28-year-old stood facing the camera from prison, mostly with an impassive expression but smirking at times as his lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island on March 15, killing 51 people in the country's worst peace-time mass shooting. "A fitness hearing is not required", Mander said in a minute released to the media after Friday's hearing.
"He's a coward. And behind the cell he's laughing", Aziz said. Then I would see how he laugh.
Aziz, 48, prevented more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch after leading the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his auto.
Judge Cameron Mander said two mental-health assessments of Tarrant had been completed, and there were no issues in relation to the accused's ability to enter pleas and stand trial.
Didar Hossain, whose uncle and friends were killed in the attack, was disappointed it would take so long for the alleged killer to face justice.
"But we're not that low, you know", he said.
The accused will next appear for a case review hearing in August. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon.
The shootings were also livestreamed on Facebook, with the video viewed more than 4,000 times before it was removed at the request of New Zealand police. Last month she helped lead a global pledge named the "Christchurch Call", aimed at boosting efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks.