The accused, 29-year-old Brenton Tarrant, shot and killed 51 people on March 15 last year in two churches in Christchurch, New Zealand. He faced 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act.
Two imans from Al Noor and Linwood mosques, where the shootings took place on March 15, 2019, were present in the Christchurch court as representatives of the victims.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was praised around the world for her empathetic response to the Muslim community after the attacks, said it was "deeply disappointing" the victims didn't get to attend the hearing.
The attack in New Zealand - the deadliest in the country's history - happened during Friday prayers and was livestreamed by the gunman on Facebook, where it was viewed 4,000 times before authorities were finally able to take it off the web.
But, appearing via audiovisual link from a prison in Auckland, Tarrant plead guilty on all counts at a hearing in the Christchurch High Court on Thursday morning.
The hearing came as New Zealand entered a state of lockdown to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
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Tarrant had been scheduled to go on trial in June.
Police said Tarrant indicated he wanted to be brought before the court on Tuesday afternoon.
The mass shooting led to the adoption of new domestic laws banning semi-automatic weapons and ignited a global effort to restrict racist and violent content on the internet.
Judge Cameron Mander recorded convictions on all charges and said Tarrant would be sentenced at a date yet to be determined.
"While the sentencing hearing is still pending", he said, "today's guilty pleas are a significant milestone in respect of one of our darkest days".