Christchurch shooting: Muslim community still struggling with the trauma six months on

The Government is allocating $8.7 million to mental health services in Christchurch. 

The funding will support the long term health and well-being needs of Cantabrians impacted by the March 15 terror attacks. 

It comes as New Zealand marks six months since the shooting, where 51 people died.

To mark the anniversary, a floral tribute was set up at the Christchurch Art gallery. 

The tributes of Aroha are open to the public. 

It's a display showcasing the tributes left around the garden city, following the March 15 terror attacks.

On Friday, the Government acknowledged Christchurch needs extra help.

"We recognise that the trauma caused by the 15th of march will be ongoing," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

The Muslim community are still struggling to cope with the trauma of the shootings - for some, the wounds are still too fresh for reflection. 

"Personally when I think of it, I think of something that is going to bring the trauma again for myself," Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda said.  "Because seeing all the letters and reading of the words that people sent to us is going to remind us of everything again."

Thousands of Christchurch residents are expected to visit the exhibition during the weekend.

"I think it's going to bring up a lot of emotions," said Sean Duxfield of the Christchurch Art Gallery. "But I think again it's just for them to see the outpouring of love, and the good in people that was shown through all of this."

It's an opportunity to reflect and pay tribute to those killed and injured on that terrible day.