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While Australia is reviewing its travel advice for tourists planning to visit Gallipoli for Anzac Day after the "deeply offensive" and "insulting" threats made by Erdogan, New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) said its advisory updated in November previous year remains current.

The advisory was to avoid non-essential travel to certain areas of Turkey including parts of the south east and within 10km of the border with Syria, because of the threat of terrorism and kidnapping.

"Your ancestors came and saw us here".

President Erdogan also called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty for the gunman, warning Turkey would make the attacker pay if they did not.

"Your grandparents came here and they returned in caskets", said Mr Erdogan in a message to Australia and New Zealand.

"We must establish that there is absolutely no difference between the murderer who killed innocent people in New Zealand and those who have carried out terrorist acts in Turkey, France, Indonesia and elsewhere", said Erdogan.

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Erdogan, who is under two weeks away from a federal election, made the comments at an election rally in northern Turkey while touring the country ahead of a March 31 election.

The dispute flared over Erdogan's comments in the wake of last Friday's gun massacre, in which 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. "Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders have made pilgrimages in acknowledgment of what ties and binds our countries", she said.

Erdogan has been using video of the New Zealand murders taken by the killer as propaganda, airing the footage during election rallies.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Istanbul this week for a meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation to discuss the mosques shootings.

Meanwhile, Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten said during a press conference, that online platforms had an "obligation to better monitor and prevent hate speech".

"Turks have always been the most welcoming and gracious hosts to their Anzac visitors".

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Morrison summoned the Turkish ambassador for explanations and said later that he didn't accept the "excuses" he was offered during the conversation.

Morrison described claims about Australia and New Zealand's response to the white supremacist attack as "vile".

Kayserian added: "This is not the first time that the ANZAC relationship has been misused by the modern Turkish state, with Erdogan's government in 2013 threatening to block access to Gallipoli for NSW Parliamentarians who voted on a motion to recognise the Ottoman Genocide of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians".

On the campaign trail, the Turkish leader has showed the video footage of the terror attack that killed 50 people on two mosques in Christchurch and said the massacre meant to target Turkey and Islam.

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Morrison said Australia's ambassador to Turkey will on Wednesday meet with the members of Erdogan's government.

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