Kiwis in Paris have described their horror at seeing bodies in street as terrorists committed a series of coordinated attacks across the capital.
Auckland man, Duncan Sheffield, posted on Facebook page "New Zealanders in France" warning other Kiwis in Paris to stay indoors.
"Sent home by police as shooting happening at the end of our street, rue Bichat. 2 other shootings at Bataclan and near Bastille. Stay home & watch the news where it's safe. Gunmen are on the run," he wrote.
New Zealanders in Paris include the Prime Minister's daughter Stephi Key, and rugby payers including former All Blacks Chris Masoe, Joe Rokocoko and Casey Laulala.
Superstar All Black Dan Carter is moving to Paris this week after signing a three-year deal with French club Racing 92. His agent, Dean Hegan, said Carter had told him it was too early to know if his departure would be delayed.
"He's not making any decision till the facts are a little clearer. His thoughts are with the people of Paris."
Carter's father Neville said his son flies out of New Zealand on Thursday afternoon.
Carter's wife, Honor, and sons, two-and-a-half-year-old Marco and seven-month-old Fox, will travel with him.
"I think they're going to have a couple of days holidays on the way. That might be a blessing."
Neville Carter did not know where the family planned to holiday on their way to France.
Paris-based former All Black Joe Rokocoko, who is set to link with Dan Carter with Racing 92, has tweeted: "Prayers to those people in Paris and their families at this moment & courage to the Raid special force who took us for preseason this year."
University of Auckland student Apoorva Kolluru heard shooting and saw bodies in the street after one of the attacks took place near her apartment in Rue Oberkampf.
Kolluru, 21, moved to Paris in August as part of a semester-long university exchange programme.
She was near the Petit Cambodge restaurant attack.
"I was very close by and I saw some of the bodies. There were seven or eight bodies and people had thrown sheets from their apartment windows to cover them up."
She hid in a creperie shop with the owner and an elderly couple, but was now trying to find somewhere to stay because she could not get to her apartment.
Kolluru, who is studying French and politics, said she was determined to stay in the city for the duration of her exchange.
She said she was safe, but worried and couldn't get home.
"It's pretty scary. I'm just trying to find a way to get home now. My apartment's really close to where the shootings were.
"There've been several shootings around the city. There was one close to where I was having dinner, and then while I was walking home, one close to where I live," Ms Kolluru added.
"Immediately everybody hoped that it was a car backfiring, or fireworks or something. But it turned out that there were shootings...they kicked everyone out of the restaurant.
Ms Kolluru, of Auckland, planned to use the Twitter hashtag "porteouverte" which meant "open door" in French.
In the wake of the deadly killings, the humanitarian gesture spreading on social media aimed to give stranded people a place to stay for the night.
"We're just all trying to get home. Every way for me to get home at the moment is blocked off or seems really unsafe by what I've read on the news."
Ms Kolluru was staying in the 11th Arrondisement with other New Zealanders.
Sirens could be heard in the background as Ms Kolluru explained the situation.
"There's a lot of ambulances and police at the moment."
She said the situation had calmed down slightly from an hour earlier.
"There was a lot of people running around and a lot of people screaming."
Ms Kolluru understood all her friends in Paris were safe, based on texts she'd received.
"People are just a bit worried about me now...I'm just figuring out how to get somewhere."
She shared her apartment with another New Zealander.
Ms Kolluru said her neighbourhood was filled with other students and young people.
'"There were a lot of people around."
She the spate of what appeared to be co-ordinated attacks suggested a terrorist attack, but she couldn't be certain.
"I looked up where the New Zealand Embassy was, but it was a bit too far away for me to walk there."
The Embassy is on rue de Grenelle, in the 7th Arrondissement.
A woman, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, said she was in his central Paris apartment when he heard police searching nearby buildings.
"We could hear lots of yelling outside and police sirens. We heard a man yell in French - "thé stairs!!" - it sounded like it was someone directing his men and it was right below us, so we were praying they wouldn't enter our building," [sic] he said.
"Generally Paris apartments have codes to the doors so not that easy to get in."
The woman said she was now focusing on checking with friends and family to see they were safe.
All Black great Bryan Williams told The Herald he was concerned for the safety of the family of his rugby-playing son, Paul.
Paul Williams is signed to Paris-based team Stade Francais.
While Paul and his team-mates were in the UK for a clash with English side Leicester, no one had been able to contact his wife in the French capital. The couple also have a young child.
"He will be really worried," Bryan Williams said.
"Where they live appears to be away from the trouble area, but with all the outbreaks you can't be sure.
"The closed the border now, so he won't be able to get back."
Kiwis in Paris are using the Facebook alert system to notify friends and family back home they are "safe during Paris Terror Attacks".