Close to a thousand people gathered at First Fleet Park in The Rocks to witness or take part in, a smoking ceremony and Haka for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Organised by Josh Simon and Brendon Martin and led by Sydney’s Indigenous community, yesterday’s (March 24’s) event inspired people to travel from across Sydney and the Central Coast to show their love and support for the people of New Zealand.


The tribute featured Maori ceremonial drums, played by the group Toa Out Loud, and traditional hymns called Karakia – a Maori prayer for spiritual guidance and protection.


– Story, pictures and video: Amaani Siddeek @AmaaniSiddeek, Wendy John @WendyJohn8 and Hanh Yoon @HanhYoon.