Christchurch terror attack: Vigils held across New Zealand

Vigils are taking place across the country in the wake of a devastating shooting in Christchurch.

A gathering in Auckland central started around 2pm on Saturday.

Photos of the event show Mayor Phil Goff as well as Labour Party MPs Phil Twyford and David Parker are in attendance.

Hundreds of people can be seen sitting on the lawn in Aotea Square as a speaker addresses the audience.

Mourners have also gathered in Hagley Park in Christchurch to share their sympathies. A large artwork has been laid on the ground for people to write messages of support on.

In Wellington, people have met outside a mosque in Kilbirnie to pay their respects and are writing messages of love on the pavement in chalk.

A candlelit vigil will be held in Rotorua at Tamatekapua at 7pm on Saturday night.

"Right now everyone is still coming to terms with what has happened and our natural instinct is to immediately ask what can we do and how can we show our support," Mayor Steve Chadwick said in a statement.

"What local Muslims have told us when we asked what we can do to help right now is to show love and caring towards each other.

"We will work with our Muslim community to consider an appropriate way for Rotorua to formally mark this tragedy and to reflect and stand together with those who are most deeply impacted."


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