Ashman also said she called the head covering a headscarf, rather than a hijab, because it removed cultural formalities, the Herald reported.
At the Al Noor mosque, where most the victims were killed last week, people gathered to pray Friday. Meanwhile, women in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington posted photos of themselves wearing the headscarves, Reuters reported.
"Why am I wearing a headscarf today? Well, my primary reason was that if anybody else turns up waving a gun, I want to stand between him and anybody he might be pointing it at," Bell Sibly, of Christchurch, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation."And I don't want him to be able to tell the difference, because there is no difference."