A religious youth group, the National Interfaith Youth Movement, organised vigils in the four main centres on Saturday evening to show solidarity with the people of Christchurch.
Young people from a range of faiths and spiritual groups have gathered in churches in the main centres for the special service, which began at 5pm.
The co-ordinator of the vigils, Lachlan Mackay, says although the services are an initiative of young people, they were open to people of all ages and all faiths.
The services consisted of memorial videos, songs and chants and candles and lanterns were to be released into the night sky.
Mr Mackay says it is hoped the services will raise morale in Christchurch, which he says is rapidly declining.
The Christchurch service was held at the St Michael's and All Angels Church, which is the least damaged church in the city.