Two weeks after the terror attacks in Christchurch, a national remembrance service will be held in Hagley Park to pay tribute to the 50 people who lost their lives.
This Friday, Bay of Plenty residents are invited to stand in solidarity alongside the country at Baypark Arena where a simulcast of the memorial service will be screened.
The Tauranga and Western Bay mayors have extended the invitation after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced there would be a national remembrance service for the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack and all those affected on March 29.
Tauranga City Mayor Greg Brownless said the details of Friday's memorial service will be announced later this week.
"We are asking people to join us from 9.30am on Friday to watch the simulcast that starts at 10am."
It is expected to be attended by thousands, including foreign dignitaries and at least one member of the royal family in the UK and will be jointly led by the Government of New Zealand, the city of Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu and the Muslim community.
Brownless said March 15 was a day New Zealanders would never forget.
"The tragic loss of so many innocent lives will have a profound effect on people from across the country and the world.
"Our thoughts continue to be with those who are experiencing significant grief and loss."
Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber said the terror attack could not be allowed to define the nation's future.
"We must take every opportunity to condemn any person or organisation that supports such divisive thoughts and actions."