PM attends Wellington vigil for victims of mosque attacks

2:42 pm on 17 March 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has laid flowers and paid respects at the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington this afternoon.

She was there to pay her respects to the fifty deceased people and dozens injured in the Christchurch mosque shooting on Friday, the worst terror attack in New Zealand history.

Shortly before she arrived with partner Clarke Gayford, several Ministers and the mayor of Wellington Justin Lester, a powerful voice broke the murmured silence singing John Lennon's 'Imagine'.

The voice drew others to join in, but also a lot of tears.

Governor General Patsy Reddy

Governor-general Patsy Reddy Photo: RNZ/Ana Tovey

Hundreds of people have placed flowers at the front of the mosque.

Ms Ardern, wearing a black headscarf as she did in Christchurch yesterday, spent a short time with Muslim leaders inside before heading off.

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy later also arrived to pay her respects.

Metlink has announced it is providing free fares on buses and trains for tonight's vigil at Wellington's Basin Reserve at 6pm.

Free travel on buses and trains will be available from 4pm to 9pm across all city services.

There will also be free parking in Wellington's CBD from 4pm.

Up to 12,000 people are expected at the vigil.