A moving vigil in Tauranga took place yesterday evening where locals gathered together to share their messages of support and hopes for healing following Christchurch mosque attacks on Friday.
One significant Tauranga local shared an emotional story of her step-brother who lost his life in the Mosque attack, a young man with aspirations and dreams she told the crowd.
The step-sister of the victim began her moving speech with, "no one should deal with this ever, anywhere in the world".
"We are a country that love each other and pride ourselves on being amazing people.
"No one deserves to be hated no matter what religion or non-religion we choose in life."
Police have not named the victims of the attack on the two mosques.
Local MP Jan Tinetti who was at last night's vigil gave her condolences to the Muslim community of Tauranga as she expresses the nation's state of shock.
"We must stand together now united and share that grief," she said.
"Let's make it so that this never happens again, so that people may have their religious freedom."