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hamilton mosqueFriday prayers at a mosque in Hamilton (Photo RNZ / Andrew McRae)

The Prime Minister has warned New Zealand is not immune to the terrorist threat posed by Islamic State. 

And the Security Intelligence Service director, Rebecca Kitteridge, says the service is closely monitoring 30 to 40 people, some of whom some are "actively thinking of doing something in New Zealand". 

But the country's threat level is still low and critics say the Government is exaggerating the risk to justify sending troops to Iraq.