Thousands turn out in Auckland for Christchurch mosque terror attack vigil

People from all walks off life attended a vigil in Auckland to mark the Christchurch terror attack. - Photo: RNZ/ Ellie Jay

Thousands of people packed into Auckland's Aotea Square today for a vigil to mark the Christchurch terror attack.

Some held banners calling for love in the face of hatred, while others wept quietly as various speakers took to the stage.

One attendant, Muslim woman Monique Pearl Pritchard, said she was overwhelmed by the support her community had received from New Zealanders.

She said seeing people from all walks of life descending on the vigil was beautiful and heartwarming.

Crowds gather at an Auckland vigil for those affected by Friday's terror attack

Crowds gather at an Auckland vigil for those affected by Friday's terror attack Photo: RNZ/ Ellie Jay

Waitemata District Police Commander Naila Hassan echoed that.

Commander Hassan said she was incredibly proud to be an officer and a Muslim today.

"As a member of the Muslim community, I feel strong - I feel stronger than ever," she said.

"Because these events will bring everyone in New Zealand together - it doesn't matter what community you are from."

Other vigils throughout the country are planned for later today.

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