Man arrested after abusive confrontation at Christchurch mosque

A man has been arrested after allegedly yelling abuse and kicking tributes outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch.

The man was photographed after the alleged confrontation on Wednesday, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with 'Trump for New Zealand'.

A witness said he yelled at people leaving the masjid, shouting that "all Muslims are terrorists" and that they needed to leave New Zealand.

The mosque was one of the two targeted in the Christchurch terror attack in March, when 50 people were killed and dozens more injured.

Armed police were guarding the mosque on Wednesday when the man allegedly kicked tributes and photos of some of the people killed in the attack.

According to a witness, the officers let the man walk away, citing 'freedom of speech'.

"He was screaming 'F Muslims, they all need to get the F out of New Zealand, all Muslims are terrorists'," Adrian Wright told Magic Talk Drive host Ryan Bridge.

"The police officers have told us that we need to report any suspicious activity to them, and that they're taking the proper procedures and the proper protocol."

After the photo was shared online, police asked for the public's help in identifying the man pictured.

On Thursday night, officials confirmed a 33-year-old man had been arrested in relation to the incident. He's due to appear in Christchurch District Court on Friday.

Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price said police will be reviewing their response to the incident, and thanked the public for their help in finding the man.

"Our community has no tolerance for those who target or victimise others because of their identity, and nor does police," he said.

"This is especially so for members of our Muslim community, who are already dealing with so much."