Christchurch terror attack: Ardern asks Trump to provide 'sympathy and love for Muslim communities'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is asking Donald Trump to provide Muslim communities with "sympathy and love" in the wake of Friday's terrorist attack.

Trump called Ardern on Saturday to provide his condolences for the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which left 49 dead.

"I spoke with Donald Trump this morning, he thought to call us directly. He very much wished for his condolences to be passed on to New Zealand," she said.

"He asked what offer of support the United States could provide, my message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities."

Ardern told media on Saturday morning there would be changes to New Zealand's gun laws after the attack.

"There have been attempts to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017. Now is the time for change."

Forty-two patients are being treated after the attacks. Eleven people are in the intensive care unit, three of the victims are children.

One of them, a critically injured four-year-old has been transferred to Starship.

Three people have been taken into custody following the attacks. One of them, a 28-year-old man from Australia, has been charged with murder.

He will appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday.

Newshub will be broadcasting at midday on Saturday to cover the latest events. You can watch it online here or on Three.

If you would like to donate to the official Victim Support fund, go here. Victim Support's number is 0800 842846.