“The people of Christchurch, we’re used to rallying,” Iannou said, referencing the 2011 earthquake that killed more than 180 people.
“It’s just second nature to us now and I’m pleased they came out in force today.”
The Sikh community in Christchurch offered help in washing the bodies of the victims and digging the graves.
‘I’ll walk with you’
Across the country, New Zealanders also dug deep – the two most prominent crowdfunding campaigns had already raised between them more than 3.2 million New Zealand dollars ($ 2.2m) within 24 hours of the shootings.
Local crowdfunding platform Givealittle crashed briefly on Saturday, while LaunchGood had over 23,000 donors saying they were “United for Christchurch” as they contributed for the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre.