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'We all bleed the same colour' - Bikers ride in to support Tauranga Mosque

A Bay of Plenty biker gang says it was privileged to be let into the Tauranga Mosque for this afternoon's service to pay respects to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack a week ago.

Members of the Greazy Dogs gang rode in to join hundreds of members of the public and the local Muslim community for two minutes silence and the Call to Prayer at the Tauranga Mosque.

They were honouring the 50 people killed and 50 injured when a gunman stormed two mosques in Christchurch during Friday Prayers a week ago. 

About 20,000 people attended a simultaneous service in Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, where 42 people were killed in the attack.

One man, who says he is a social rider and not a member of the gang, told 1 NEWS they were at the Tauranga Mosque today to show that New Zealanders are all united.

"We're all united as one. We all bleed the same colour, brother, all red," the man said.

"Good to see everyone out here, different nationalities and all that. And, you know, the Muslims are our brothers too. We're all brothers, sisters. 

"And then when they opened the gate to let us in, we thought we were really privileged," he said.

"Later on they let everyone else in. No, brother, it was pretty good."

He said members of the Muslim community are "not scared to shake your hand and even give you a hongi and that. But you can still see they're feeling it, eh.

"But that's what we're here for - [to] make it a lot easier," the gang member said.

Meanwhile, students from Tauranga Boys' College performed a rousing haka outside the Tauranga Mosque ahead of the service. 

And a four-year-old girl named Willow performed her heart-warming song calling for everyone to "light a candle for peace".

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    Willow performed her song, complete with actions, for 1 NEWS at the service for the Christchurch attack victims. Source: 1 NEWS

    Also among the hundreds attending the service was Tauranga MP and National Party leader Simon Bridges.

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      One rider says they were really privileged when mosque leaders opened the gates to let them in. Source: 1 NEWS