Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was important to remember that 87 of the victims were foreigners and many of their families couldn't be there because of coronavirus travel restrictions.
Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out to some areas.
The earthquake occurred more than 100 km (62.14 miles) from land at a depth of 10 km.
The death toll from Friday’s earthquake in the Aegean Sea has reached 100, with the deaths of 98 people in Turkey’s western city of Izmir, disaster authorities said.
A powerful earthquake, which hit western Turkey, in the Bayrakli district in Izmir, has left many injured and over a hundred killed.
The death toll in last week’s Aegean Sea earthquake rose to 116 on Wednesday as rescuers in the Turkish city of Izmir finished searching buildings that collapsed in the quake.
At least 26 people have been died in Turkey earthquake, health officials said. A hospital official said the death toll is expected to rise. Aslı Eroğlu, a Turkish woman in Izmir spoke to Gulf Today after the earthquake.
The Turkey health minister tweeted that the survivor, Ahmet Citim, told him, "I never lost hope.” The operation that saved Citim was the latest in a series of remarkable rescues after the Friday afternoon earthquake.
Turkish emergency authority also reported the rescue of 14-year-old Idil Sirin in Bayrakli, 58 hours after the quake hit, levelling buildings in both Turkey and Greece. But the family's joy was brief as the lifeless body of Idil's sister, Ipek, was found.