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NZ mosque dead mourned at mass burial

Mourners carry the body of a mosque shooting victim for burial at a Christchurch cemetery. (AAP)

The youngest of the New Zealand mosque attack victims, Mucaad Ibrahim, 3, has been laid to rest in a mass burial in Christchurch.

A mass burial of 26 people is the devastating reality for a New Zealand community shattered by a terror attack that claimed 50 lives.

The tiny body of three-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim was carried with painful ease above his family's heads from prayers to a burial plot on Friday afternoon.

A new father, a proud grandfather and a hero who tried to tackle his killer were among the 26, while the body of a man killed in a car crash while returning from mourning a relative killed in the attacks took the burials to 27.

More than 5000 mourners crowded into the Memorial Park Cemetery, where more than a dozen of the victims of the attack have been buried.

So many wanted to pay their respects that crowds rushing from Friday prayers and a memorial service outside Masjid al Noor, where 42 of the victims were slain, caused traffic jams heading to the cemetery.

As well as the Christchurch burials, some of the dead have been farewelled in Auckland, while others are being expatriated.

Mucaad Ibrahim, the youngest of the mosque attack victims, had been at prayers with his father and brother when he died.

Community members reached out to touch him as his family carried his body to its resting place.

Ramiz Vohra, 28, who leaves behind a wife and baby girl, just 17 days old, was buried with his 58-year-old father Arif who was visiting to celebrate the new arrival.

Also farewelled was Naeem Rashid, 51, who died trying to tackle the shooter at Al Noor mosque.

And in an extra layer of tragedy, the burial of 49-year-old Mohamed Elmi took the farewells to 27 for the afternoon.

Mr Elmi was returning to his home in Dunedin after mourning the death of a relative in the attacks when he died in a car crash.

Friday's funeral crowds stretched from a marquee reserved for prayers all the way to the freshly dug graves across the lawn cemetery.

On the first and second day of burials, the funerals were conducted one or two at a time.

The sheer scale of the final day of farewells means five were held at a time.

"It is a very grieving time ... most of you would have never seen this in your life," one man told the crowd, asking that mourners show each other kindness and unity in the tough moments to come.

Another said it was a special time.

"We don't bury 26 of our beloved ones every day," he told the gathered crowds.

"It's going to be a very emotional process, it's going to be a very tough process."

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