We feel more loved than ever after Christchurch terror attack - Kiwi Muslims

The Wellington Muslim community says since the Christchurch terror attack, they feel more loved and supported than they ever have.

Newshub was invited to a suburban Wellington Mosque to join them for prayers.

The older women talked about how in the past people had given them a certain "look" as they went out in their head scarves. But that's now changed.

"Back when I was younger we would have the occasional broken glass or maybe eggs thrown at our mosque and no one would really care," says university student Fahri Agam.

"But now I can see everyone providing so much support."

Mosque volunteer Ida Saidon has never felt such care from other Kiwis, something that hasn't always been the case.

"We get those looks, time and again," she told Newshub.

"Nothing will ever replace the 50 lives that we lost, but what has replaced it is the love and unity in New Zealand."

Prayer leader Khaled Said says he loves his country - but after the attack, something has changed.

"It's the first time in history of Muslims in New Zealand, for women especially, to feel proud putting that headscarf on," he says.

Youth volunteer Hanifa Kodirova says she's had an amazing Kiwi childhood and she looks forward to the future.

"We know that everyone is behind us now, everyone has our backs, everyone is so supportive - it's just time for bigger and better things," she told Newshub.

In the heart of suburban Wellington, the support is still very clear - as is the message: our doors are always open.

An attack which was meant to spread terror and fear has instead fostered aroha and solidarity.