Mournful national anthem rings out on Parliament grounds after moment of silence

Wellingtonians paying respect to the Christchurch terror victims covered Parliament's lawn this afternoon, listening to the Call to Prayer and observing the moment of silence before softly singing E Ihowā Atua. 

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E Ihowā Atua was sung quietly by Wellingtonians paying respect to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack. Source: 1 NEWS

As the Beehive and Parliament flags flew at half mast, the sea of about 1000 people were silent as the Prime Minister began to speak - her voice broadcast over loudspeakers from Christchurch.

"According to Muslim faith, the Prophet Mohammed (sallalaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, 'The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body feels pain.'

"New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," she said. 

After the Call to Prayer and the moment of silence were observed, Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda then spoke from Christchurch, saying, "We are broken hearted but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together.

"We are determined to not let anyone divide us."

Parliament's Tumu Whakarae, Kura Moeahu, who led the karakia, was first to start singing E Ihowā Atua, the New Zealand national anthem, before others in the crowd joined in. The song was followed by God Defend New Zealand.