Gisborne’s emergency service staff were among those to join the country in two minutes silence at 1.32pm yesterday.
The observance was held to mark the moment 50 Muslims were murdered and 50 wounded by a gunman in Christchurch one week ago.
Emergency service staff members wanted to show respect to the victims, their families and people around the nation affected by the tragedy last Friday.
The two minutes silence was also to show respect to police and ambulance staff who put themselves in harm’s way to deal with the tragedy, said senior fire station officer Jason Higgs. "The scenes they had to see and go through as it unfolded. This was a time to think about their roles as well.”