About 600 people turned up for the Holy Trinity vigil tonight to pay their respects to the victims of the Christchurch mosque massacre.

A combined church prayer vigil started at Tauranga's Holy Trinity Church on Devonport Rd at 7pm.

People of all ages and ethnicities were there, with a strong turn out from the Muslim community at the Christian church.

The mayor addressed those at the vigil and other authorities from different churches led prayers.

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Hymns were sung as well as the national anthem before an opportunity to light a candle.

People were also invited to write a message on a prayer wall, which will be left at the Tauranga Mosque as a tribute.

An armed police officer was stationed outside the church during the vigil.

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