Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, leader of the National Party:

Bridges condemned the Christchurch attacks and expressed condolences to the people of Canterbury.

"Details are still emerging but the attacks are shocking. We stand with and support the New Zealand Islamic community. No one in this country should live in fear, no matter their race or religion, their politics or their beliefs.

"My thoughts, and the thoughts of the National Party, are with the victims of today's attacks, along with their families and friends. My heart goes out to all of you."

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Clayton Mitchell, Tauranga-based NZ First MP:
Mitchell said on Twitter: "I'm in shock! This is not NZ? I'm lost for words! Armed gunmen shooting people in a mosque is sickening. My heart goes out to all the families affected by this horrific event."

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller:

Muller said he was "absolutely devastated" to hear about the "despicable hate crime" carried out in Christchurch.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all New Zealanders at this time."

Rotorua MP Todd McClay:

McLay said he was shocked and horrified when he heard the news.

"It appears this is a hate crime that has no place in New Zealand. I think every New Zealander and visitor to our country will be appalled and saddened.

"People should look after themselves and their families as this is a great tragedy for the country."

Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey:

Coffey said he was "absolutely gutted" to see so much hatred present towards Muslims.

"I just don't understand it ... This is absolutely unacceptable."

He said he was looking forward to getting in touch with the local Muslim community to send them a message that "we aren't all like that".

"Our hearts are 100 per cent with them at this time."

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless:

Brownless said his thoughts were with the families and friends of the victims.

"People using violence against other people, in this country, where we thought we were relatively immune ... I'm just appalled. It just makes me determined that there should be zero tolerance for firearm or gun incidents in New Zealand."

Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber:

Webber said he was horrified. "I'm lost for words. It's a real disaster, I can't comprehend it. I'm appalled, how could anybody do something like that? It's just awful."