Sonny Bill Williams, Dave Dobbyn unite with Kiwis for remembrance ceremony

Thousands of New Zealanders who weren't in Christchurch for the remembrance ceremony gathered at centres around the country on Friday.

Remembrance services were held in Dunedin and Wellington on Friday morning while this afternoon hundreds of Muslims came together to pray at Eden Park - a very different space than usually.

The group filled a room at Eden Park that was specially set aside for them while the call to prayer rang out across the stadium's stands for all to hear.

Devout Muslim Sonny Bill Williams was just one of many who attended the service in solidarity with Christchurch.

"It's a closure for the last two weeks and moving forward the next steps," said Ikhlaq Kashkari, the New Zealand Muslim Association president.

There was also music from iconic Kiwi singer Dave Dobbyn.

The message from all who attended was made very clear - this awful act of terror has been felt across the country but New Zealand has come together to show support and love.

"It's been two weeks, it's still as sad on the day as it is today, we're still grieving but we're grieving together," said one attendee.

"There's something special about coming together with strangers from your own country and showing your support and solidarity," said another.

At Dunedin's Town Hall, hundreds gathered to coincide with the ceremony in Christchurch.

And at Waitangi Park in Wellington people of all ages came together for a live-stream of the ceremony played to the crowd. 

Across the country, Friday was spent praying, singing and remembering.