Thousands disperse after honouring Christchurch mosque attack victims - 'We have shown NZ is unbreakable'

The nation paused today at 1.30pm with a call to prayer and two minutes' silence to remember those killed and injured in last Friday's attacks at two mosques in Christchurch. Here's how 1 NEWS NOW covered the main ceremony in Hagley Park and other events around the country in real time.

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Today marks one week since the attack on two mosques that left 50 dead and dozens more injured. Source: 1 NEWS

2.50pm: Christchurch City Council says 5000 Muslim worshippers gathered at Hagley Park for the service and a further 15,000 people attended.

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Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda spoke movingly about the strength of New Zealand and the Muslim community. Source: 1 NEWS

The council says 26 victims of the attacks will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Linwood starting from 4pm today, following Friday prayers.

2.30pm: Thousands of people are dispersing from Hagley Park following the conclusion of the service. They include Fahim Imam, 33, of Auckland who flew to Christchurch this morning for the service. 

Mr Imam was born and grew up in Christchurch but moved away three years ago.

"It's just amazing to see how the country and the community have come together - blows my mind, actually," he said.

2:00pm: Thousands more New Zealanders have been listening in on the radio or watching on television or online as the event has been broadcast live. 

1.50: "This terrorist sought to tear our nation apart with an evil ideology. ... But, instead, we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable," Gamal Fouda said.

"We are broken-hearted but we are not broken. We are alive. We are together. We are determined to not let anyone divide us," he added, as the crowd erupted with applause.

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The Muslim Call to Prayer was broadcast across the country in memory of those who lost their lives. Source: 1 NEWS

1.40pm: "New Zealand is unbreakable," were the words of Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda following the moment of silence in Christchurch.

He also gave a special thanks to Jacinda Ardern for her leadership, to emergency services personnel for their work on the day of the attacks, and to the rest of New Zealand for their support.

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The Prime Minister addressed the crowd that came to remember those who lost their lives last week. Source: 1 NEWS

1.30pm: "New Zealand mourns with you, we are one," Jacinda Ardern said to those gathered in Christchurch.

1.26pm: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, dressed in a hijab, has arrived at Hagley Park for the prayer service.

1.25pm: Police Commissioner Mike Bush, and Ministers’ James Shaw and Grant Robertson are currently being shown around the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

The prayer halls are filling up. The Imam’s daughter says she’s never seen so many people at the mosque. 

People gathered for the vigil at parliament. Source: 1 NEWS

1.20pm: Up to 400 people have gathered at Tauranga Mosques to show their respects, 1 News reporter Sam Kelway said.

1.15pm: 300 or 400 Muslims have gathered at Hagley Park to pray, and many more gathered in support or for their own prayers.

1.12pm: 1 News' John Campbell said the mood at Christchurch's Hagley Park was "strikingly quiet, beautifully quiet".

"There is great peace here today," he said.

1.11pm: Starting from 4pm today, 26 victims of the mosque attacks will be buried at the Linwood Park Cemetery in Linwood.

Later today, names of those being buried will be announced.

1.10pm: "It's amazing how New Zealand has shown the world what a big heart Kiwis have," Masooma Mehdi said of how the community had rallied after the attacks. "We are really touched."

1.00pm: Auckland Muslim community member Masooma Mehdi told 1 News's Daniel Faitaua she had mixed feelings today.

"A lot of sadness, a lot of sorrow, mixed with a lot of hope for the future," she said.

She described the past week as a rollercoaster of emotions - emotions which started with fear then moved to feelings of love.

12.50pm: 1 News reporter Katie Bradford says there are lots of hugs and tears at the Linwood Mosque where one of the attacks took place.

About 100 people are gathered at the cordon. Most women are wearing headscarves.

12.45pm: A haka has been performed outside Linwood Mosque.

"Sending you so much aroha," the three Māori men who performed told Muslim people gathered outside the mosque. A waiata and blessing followed.

Members of the public and armed police outside the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington ahead of Friday prayers. Source: 1 NEWS

12.40pm: Roads have been cordoned off around the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington with large crowds expected to attend Friday prayers and a human chain from 1.15pm.

12.30pm: Congestion is expected around the Auckland Domain from late this afternoon with the Jummah Remembrance Vigil from 6pm to 8pm.

Auckland Transport has advised motorists to avoid the area because there will be delays and some roads may be closed.

Wellington taxi drivers take moment of silence for Christchurch terrorist attack victims. Source: 1 NEWS

12.20pm: More than 100 taxi drivers stood united at Wellington Airport to pay tribute to the Christchurch terrorist attack victims today in a moment of silence.

The Muslim taxi community was joined by Mayor Justin Lester, National’s Chris Bishop and Nicola Willis and Labour’s Paul Eagle for the two minutes silence.

12.10pm: All four mosques in Auckland are opening their doors today and are expecting large crowds.

12.05pm: A "very quiet, very sombre" crowd is gathering at the Masjid mosque in Ponsonby, 1 News reporter Yvonne Tahana says.

12.00pm: 1 News reporter Lisa Davies says there's a hush at Hagley Park where people are starting to gather.

Everyone is dressed appropriately to show their respects to the Muslim community, she said.

11.47am: At 3pm, churches throughout the country will be tolling the bells 50 times. All churches able to do so are invited to participate.

11.11am: Mosques across Auckland will open their doors this evening for the community to come together and grieve.

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Ikhlaq Kashari talks to Breakfast about how to be respectful when entering a mosque. Source: Breakfast

11.00am: Auckland Transport says all public transport will come to a halt for two minutes at 1.32pm to pay respect.

10.45am: Today is being marked around the country in various ways including:
Schoolchildren wearing bright clothing
Some women choosing to wear headscarves
A human chain is expected at a mosque in Ponsonby, Auckland as a sign of protection
A national haka is expected at 12.30pm