Community gathering and minutes silence for Christchurch

A community gathering is being held in Whakatane tonight following the tragic events of last Friday.

Organised by the Whakatane District Council community members are encouraged to attend to show solidarity with New Zealanders who choose love and reject hate.

Everyone is welcome to attend with the event being held at Wharaurangi on The Strand from seven tonight.

A minutes silence will also be held today to reflect on those who have lost their lives.

Wherever you are at 1:48pm today, please take a minute to remember and reflect.

Sam Gardner