New Zealand's Tongan community throwing support behind Muslim families

Tongan community leaders are calling for their people living in New Zealand to wear black this week as a sign of solidarity with grieving Muslim families.

The island community is also being asked to meet in Aotea Square this Sunday at 2pm for a Love Aotearoa Hate Racism hui.

Tongan church groups have been holding special prayer sessions for the cessation of terrorism.

The Pulela’a Methodist Church in New Lynn yesterday paid their respects to the 50 people killed in Friday’s terrorist attack by taking its brass band to play outside Imran Reza Mosque in New Lynn.

Members of NZ's Tongan community outside Auckland's Imran Reza Mosque Source: Michael Field

Congregation members prayed and laid flowers.