A vigil is taking place in St Ann's Square tonight at 6.30pm for people to show solidarity with Christchurch after the terror attack there in which dozens of people were killed.
Everyone is welcome to attend the vigil, which has been organised by faith and community leaders.
Sir Richard Leese said: "Manchester stands in solidarity with Christchurch in shock and revulsion at the terror attack which has claimed so many lives.
"I had the honour of visiting Christchurch in the wake of the devastating earthquake there and found a strong and resilient city.
"Manchester knows all too well what it is like to deal with the aftermath of such an horrific attack and I'm sure that, as was the case here, communities will unite rather than giving in to the hatred which terrorists want to create.
"Christchurch was one of many places around the world which reached out to Manchester following the 22 May 2017 Manchester Arena attack to express solidarity and offer support. We are doing the same and will write to the Mayor of Christchurch on behalf of the people of this city."
An online book of condolence for people to send messages of love and solidarity to Christchurch has been set up. It can be found at www.manchester.gov.uk