Sir Peter Jackson has spoken out about the Christchurch mosque shootings saying "New Zealanders were devastated" by the attack.

Speaking to Variety at the weekend, the beloved Kiwi director said: "Our hearts go out to all those who have been harmed by this cowardly act of hate.

"Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this terrible tragedy."

Sir Peter is just the latest of many Kiwi stars sharing messages of grief and love in the aftermath of Friday's attacks which have left 50 people dead and dozens more hospitalised.


Fellow director Taika Waititi previously took to Twitter to say "My heart is broken. My country is weeping and so am I".

He said he was "dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland" and added: "All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home. This is not us."

He also went on to encourage people to still go to their mosques to worship and grieve. In response to a tweet by NZ Police urging people to stay away, Waititi wrote:

"Do not allow those criminals the satisfaction. Go to Mosque, Church, Synagogue, Marae, Maunga. Sink into community and love. In the words of Bob [Marley], 'The people who are trying to make this world worse aren't taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness.' One Love."

Other Kiwi stars who have taken to social media to share their support with the nation include the likes of Lucy Lawless, Rose McIver, Sam Neill, Sonny Bill Williams, Karl Urban, Russell Crowe and more.