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Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack 15/3/19

Published: Wed 20 Mar 2019 04:02 PM
The following is a summary of Scoop coverage of the 15 March 2019 attacks on worshippers at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid Mosque in Christchurch.
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Gun Ban: First Firearms Collection Event In Christchurch
The first firearms collection event takes place at Riccarton Racecourse this Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July, providing firearms owners the initial opportunity of many to hand-in prohibited firearms for buy-back and amnesty. More>>
RNZ - Gun licences give to 639 people with Australian convictionsNational - How did 639 convicts end up with gun licences?ACT - Strained Police Bear Cost of Rushed LegislationNZ Police - Firearms audit confirms overall security at Police sites - Police acknowledge IPCA findings into firearms in WaitematāIndependent Police Conduct Authority - Disappearance of nine firearms surrendered to PoliceNZ Council Of Licensed Firearms Owners - Licenced Firearms Owners Launch New Crowdfunded Campaign
Minister Vetoed ACC Plan: Mosque Shooting Victim Feels Let Down A witness of the Christchurch mosque shootings says he feels let down by ministers for not allowing ACC to help mentally traumatised victims. More>>
Socialist Equality Group - NZ media promote far-right Christian party
8 July: Royal Commission Of Inquiry Update
"We will continue to engage with people and members of the community in a range of ways. Making a submission is an option open to anyone who wishes to share information to help us with our inquiry," says the Chair of Royal Commission, Sir William Young. More>>
Details Of Gun Buyback Scheme Revealed
Police have revealed details of how the gun buyback process will work at a public demonstration today. More>>
NZ Govt - Safety focus for firearms buy-back eventsACT - Government uses gun owners for cheap political theatreOut-Link - Local Collection Events - Amnesty and Buy-back | New Zealand Police
2 July: 16yo Admits To Charge Of Possessing Mosque Shooting Footage
The youngest person to be charged with distributing video of the Christchurch mosque shootings has admitted to a lesser charge of possessing the film. More>>
1 July: Royal Commission Public Submissions Open
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques will invite members of the public, community groups and organisations to make submissions from the 1st of July. More>>
RNZ - Mosque Attack Memorial: Call for national day of reflection - GCSB and SIS: one email relating to far-right killer BreivikThe Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 24 June 2019: BankingUN - Tackle ‘tsunami of hatred’ across the world urges Guterres
Victim Support Completes Donations To ChCh Victims
Victims Support today advised victims of the Christchurch Mosque attacks on the completion of donations from its Givealittle page fundraising, as well as other donations made. More>>
Victim Support - Speech to victims of the Christchurch Mosque Attacks - Victim Support listens to the Christchurch victims’ voicesRNZ - From Pittsburgh to NZ: almost $1m for shooting victims - Demands for clarity on donations from Islamic groups
Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme
Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room. More>>
Gordon Campbell - Operation Burnham and the Perils of Platforming NZ Police - Police announce nearly 200 firearms collection eventsNZ Govt - Community events announced for buy-back - Firearms buy-back scheme strikes fair balanceNational - Govt leaving some firearm owners out of pocketACT - Police Minister’s contempt for gun owners, experts continues - Govt's offer to gun owners unfair, risks public safetyNZ Police - Collection events open soon for banned firearmsGun Control NZ - Gun Control NZ welcomes announcement of firearms buy-backFederated Farmers - Buy-back scheme must work for rural firearms ownersImage RNZ / Ana Tovey - April: Firearms amnesty draws in hundreds of weapons


Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video
A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Philip Arps, who runs Beneficial Insulation - a firm that uses neo-Nazi imagery - pleaded guilty in April to two charges of distributing objectionable material. More>>
RNZ - Review board upholds mosque attack video's classificationACT - New bill will protect freedom of expressionNZ Police - Name Release 5 – Christchurch Terror Attack

RNZ Report: Are Intelligence Agencies Watching The Right People?
New Zealanders who feel they've done nothing wrong have found themselves under surveillance by the state and say they've been left nervous. Meanwhile, some voicing far-right views seem to have been ignored. Are our agencies watching the right people? More>>
RNZ Report: What Agencies Are Keeping Us Safe?
The minister responsible for New Zealand's spy agencies says it's "surprising" the country doesn't have a strategy to prevent terrorist attacks...
"We like to think we have a counter-terrorism means, the ability to respond to something. But we don't have a strategy that anticipates and prevents or seeks prevention of a terrorist act happening," he said. More>>
Gordon Campbell - The Treasury debacle and NZ's wider security problemsRNZ - Mosque victims spend 19,500 hours in hospital, 3000 in ICUAlexander Gillespie - Establishing fitness to stand trial for Chch shooter
For Now: Chrsitchurch-Based Rugby Team To Keep Using Name
BNZ Crusaders to retain name in 2019 and 2020; Logo will drop knight and sword image from apparel and marketing in 2020; Full Brand Review to take place this year to decide future brand for 2021 and beyond. More>>
Youtube: "Removing More Hateful And Supremacist Content"
Over the past few years, we’ve been investing in the policies, resources and products needed to live up to our responsibility and protect the YouTube community from harmful content... More>>
Out-Link - The Making of a YouTube Radical - The New York Times
Givealittle Comments Displayed: Heart-Felt Words Sent To Victims Of Christchurch Attacks
In Our Words, is a visual display of a selection of over 36,000 comments from the Givealittle page to form a symbol of unity... Victim Support’s Givealittle page closed on May 30th and is the largest page in Givealittle’s 10-year history. The page raised over $10.7m, generating 97k donations from 139 countries. More>>
Christchurch City Council - Soft toys from tribute wall gifted to Muslim childrenRefugees As Survivors - Laughing with refugees: How one kiwi charity is using humour
4/6: 150 Young People Make Bold Statement On Racism
The youth statement ‘Confronting racism with justice and unity’, gives young people a voice in the national discussion on race relations following the terrorist attack on 15 March 2019. More>>
Rawiri Taonui - Is Christchurch more racist than other New Zealand cities?Somali Education and Development Trust - All invited to enjoy Iftar in Mt Roskill
Budget 2019: Govt Sets Aside Funds For New Cyber Security Strategy
The country’s security and intelligence units got extra money to bolster national security in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, with the GCSB getting an extra $39 million over the horizon, front-loaded over the next two years. More>>
First Report: Commission Inquiry Into Christchurch Attack
The Royal Commission has completed initial meetings with State sector leaders, individuals and experts from a range of fields and Muslim community representatives including the Christchurch Muslim Liaison Group, made up of representatives of local Muslim community organisations, which formed in response to the 15 March attack.More>>
31/5: You Are Us/Aroha Nui Charity Concert Hands Over Funds
Today the organisers of You Are Us/Aroha Nui (a collaborative group of music industry professionals) have presented a cheque to the Hon. Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch for $1,327,534.52 More>>
Victim Support - Last chance to donate: Victim Support’s Christchurch Appeal - Public support continues for victims of Christchurch attacksCanterbury DHB - Canterbury Resilience Hub – one stop shop for support
21 May: Police File Terrorism Charges
Police have met with victim’s families and survivors of the March 15 Christchurch attack to inform them of new charges which have been filed, and update them on the ongoing Police investigation plus the court process to come. More>>
The Conversation - Charging the Christchurch mosque attacker with terrorism


Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Genuflect To Calls For Secrecy
Reportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media.
Oh sure, come delivery date in December there will be some kind of “public-facing” document containing conclusions and rationales, but there will have been no interim way of scrutinizing the inquiry’s rigour, or how fairly its findings reflect the evidence. More>>


Countries, Tech Companies Sign Up: Christchurch Call To Eliminate Extremist Online Content
French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have led a group of world leaders, tech companies and organisations to adopt a pledge that seeks to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online to stop the internet being used as a tool for terrorists. More>>
Research Report: Digital Threats To Democracy
What evidence do we have as to the interventions and solutions that might mitigate against the biggest threats posed to our democracy by digital media, without losing the best of the opportunities that the internet offers? More>>
Gordon Campbell: On The Christchurch Call
The zigzagging nature of Christchurch Call To Action's content (“steps to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online” on one hand… and “must be consistent with a free, open and secure Internet, without compromising human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression” on the other) reflects the genuine tension that exists on this subject. More>>
Out-Link - Christchurch Call | to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content onlineRNZ - Tech companies and 17 govts sign up to Christchurch Call - Students, academics, police discuss combating extremism - Post-Chch terror attack NZ influences Aussie electioneering - Philippines considers action against 4chan and 8chan - Ardern on gun law changes: 'I do not understand the US' - UN Sec-Gen mosque visit: 'It was extremely special' - Muslim leaders 'value' engaging with commission - Royal Commission into Chch attacks may be private - PM not ruling out last-minute US delegate at summit - Royal Commission into terror attacks beginsKevin Veale - Christchurch Call' is just a start. We need systemic changeNZ Govt - Jacinda Ardern’s Christchurch Call opening statement - Ardern: Tech for Good Summit Speech - Comment from Jacinda Ardern on Facebook livestreaming change - NZ joins Chile and Singapore in talks on a Digital EconomyInternetNZ - Christchurch Call outcome is a vital first step - Christchurch CallScience Media Centre - Christchurch Call – Expert ReactionJoint Press Release - Major internet providers endorse Christchurch Call to ActionFacebook - Protecting Facebook Live from Abuse, Investing ResearchAccess Now - Christchurch Call emphasizes human rights but more neededBinoy Kampmark - The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet
TVNZ - Q+A: Helen Clark and Kathy Errington interviewed by TameACT - Clark admits new speech laws won’t prevent violenceHorizon Research Limited - Kiwis say stop live-streaming terror until there is a fixSocialist Equality Group - New Zealand PM leads global Internet censorship campaignUnited Nations - Secretary-General: Visit with Muslim community - Secretary-General’s remarks at encounter with Jacinda Ardern - UN chief praises PM’s ‘admirable’ response to Mosque attacksDepartment Of Internal Affairs - Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on ChristchurchNZ Police - Panel appointed to debrief police response to Terror Attacks - Commissioner responds to reports about Christchurch attackTogether Against Racism - March against Racism – 1pm Victoria Square, this SaturdayWARF - Wellington Against Racism & FascismDepartment Of Internal Affairs - Taking retro tech lovers back to the future Police: Panel To Debrief Police Response To Terror Attacks
The panel members are former Australian Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas, former Solicitor General Mike Heron QC, and Director, Professional and Executive Development, Victoria University of Wellington Jeff Ashford. More>>
NZ Police - Commissioner responds to reports about Christchurch attackRNZ - Royal Commission into Chch attacks may be private
Christchurch And Climate: UN Secretary-General Visits NZ
"This is a visit of both solidarity and gratitude. Solidarity first of all with the victims of Christchurch, with their families, with the community, with the city but also with the people and the government of New Zealand." More>>
RNZ - UN Sec-Gen mosque visit: 'It was extremely special'TVNZ - Q+A: Antonio Guterres interviewed by Jack TameUnited Nations - Secretary-General: Visit with Muslim community - Secretary-General’s remarks at encounter with James Shaw - UN chief praises PM’s ‘admirable’ response to Mosque attacksNZ Govt - Foreign Minister to attend Pacific Leaders’ Meeting - Climate Change Minister and UN Secretary General sit down - UN Secretary-General to visit New ZealandThe Scoop Team - Deputy PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 13/5/19
11/5/19: Terror Attack Royal Commission Begins Work
The Royal Commission into the March 15 terror attack will begin considering evidence next week following the appointment of the second and final commissioner.
Former diplomat Jacqui Caine, the former New Zealand Ambassador to Chile and most recently Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Director of Special Projects in Christchurch, will join the Commission Chair Sir William Young. More>>
RNZ - Royal Commission into terror attacks begins - More money handed out from victims appealDepartment Of Internal Affairs - Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch


Mosque Attack Hero Given Bravery Award In Pakistan
A Pakistani man who died trying to tackle the gunman during the Christchurch mosque attack has been honoured with Pakistan's highest civilian award for bravery.
Naeem Rashid threw himself at the gunman, who had already shot his 21-year-old son, an act that saved lives at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave. More>>
3/5/19: Death Toll From March 15 Terrorist Attack Increases To 51
A Turkish national shot in the March 15 mosques terrorist attack in Christchurch has died in hospital, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed this morning... “My heartfelt condolences go to the family and community of this man who has died overnight in Christchurch Hospital,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>
NZ Police - Man injured in mosque attack diesRNZ - Inclusive mental health approach recognises Muslim needs - National Party 'emotional, junior staffer' formally resignsVictim Support - Victim Support on distribution of funds for mosque victims


Gordon Campbell: On The Media's Novel Rules For Christchurch Shooter Trial Coverage
The main news outlets in New Zealand have jointly agreed to limit their coverage of the upcoming trial of the Christchurch shooter, apparently in order to prevent him from turning the trial into a platform for disseminating his white supremacist beliefs... More>>
RNZ - Mosque shootings: Media agree on trial coverage protocolsMedia Freedom Committee - Reporting the Trial of Brenton TarrantSocialist Equality Group - NZ media to censor coverage of Christchurch terrorist trial
The Conversation - Foreign policy and NZ's response to Christchurch attacksRNZ - Christchurch attacks: Police investigate leak of watchlist - Palmerston North churches targeted by anti-Muslim pamphlets - Student protests Auckland Uni white supremacism responseNational - Nash treating public with contempt over security leakACT - Christchurch families get residence, 6000 parents in limboVictim Support - More than $3 million paid to Christchurch victimsNZ Human Rights Commission - Special visas will help families realise their hopesUN - UN Secretary-General on intolerance and hate-based violenceJewish Council - Terrorist Attack on Californian synagogue


Lucy Gardner Photo Essay: You Are Us - Aroha Nui Concert Christchurch
The New Zealand Music Industry presented remarkable unifying support for those affected by the horrific terrorist attacks that killed fifty-one people who were peacefully worshipping at two Christchurch mosques on 15th of March 2019. More>>
Earlier - You Are Us/Aroha Nui
Prince William Meets Shooting Victims At Al Noor Mosque
The Duke of Cambridge visited Christchurch at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's invitation to express the royal family's solidarity with the victims of the terror shooting, which left 50 people dead in two of the city's mosques.
He spent a day in Christchurch meeting with mosque victims, including visits to both the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. More>>
ALSO:RNZ - Armed police to be deployed at Anzac Day services - Prince William's visit to take more sombre tone - Prince William arrives on Anzac Day for Christchurch visit - Anzac Day ceremonies: Christchurch RSA has 'duty' - Auckland Anzac Day services to merge for safety - Threats over Muslim prayer at Anzac serviceNZ Govt - Boost for services to veterans and their familiesNZ Police - Commissioner comments on ANZAC Day services - Police acknowledge decisions by organisers of ANZAC Day - Police statement on ANZAC Day commemorations in AucklandAhmadiyya Muslim Jama'at NZ - Ahmadi Muslims Youths to Participate in ANZAC Day ActivitiesFriends of St David's Trust - Anzac After Christchurch - The Sound of Peace


Gordon Campbell: On Ardern And Macron’s Campaign Against Violent Social Media
Should tech companies be liable for the content they carry on their digital platforms? No more so surely, than a library should be held responsible for what readers do with the books on its shelves. Yet in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings, there is now a strong political appetite for some sort of regulatory action. More>>
24/4: NZ And France To Seek To End Use Of Social Media For Terrorism
New Zealand and France announced today that the two nations will bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism, in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch New Zealand.
The meeting will take place in Paris on May 15, and will be co-chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron. More>>
RNZ - NZ, France will try to end use of social media for terrorism - Firearms amnesty draws in hundreds of weaponsBusinessDesk - Meeting to stop social media's use in terrorismEarlier - Gordon Campbell on the policing of social media contentACT - Vague demand for social media clampdown concerning
Families Offered Option To Stay Permanently
Immigration New Zealand has created a special visa category for those directly impacted by the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood mosque, as well as their families. More>>
Lane Neave - New Residence Category for Victims of Mosque Attacks
Prince William To Arrive On Anzac Day For Christchurch Visit
Prince William is arriving on Anzac Day for a two-day visit in which he will meet survivors of the mosque terror attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed the Duke of Cambridge will be in Auckland next Thursday and she will travel with him to Christchurch the following day. More>>
NZ Govt - Duke of Cambridge to visit Christchurch
17/4: National Terrorism Threat Level Moves To Medium
Medium is defined as a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. The new level remains higher than it was before the 15 March terrorist attack when the threat level was low. More>> Ipsos - After Christchurch, many NZers re-assess what's important


NZ Police - Threat level change and release of attack response timeline
12/4/19: One Month After Christchurch Mosque Terror Attacks
One month on from the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, many people are still struggling to come to terms with what happened.
The attacks left dozens widowed, more injured, and the country in a state of shock.
As people begin to rebuild their lives, they say it will be a long time before their lives resemble anything close to normality. More>>
NZ Govt - Responding to the needs of ethnic communitiesRNZ - Terror attack victims to receive $3m by end of month - Man who shared 'target acquired' image of mosque denied bail - Man still in custody over mosque shooting livestream
Gordon Campbell: On The Policing Of Social Media Content

In the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks, social media outlets are being examined for their role in (a) radicalising the shooter (b) confirming him in his beliefs by linking him to an online community of like-minded racists and (c) enabling his horrifying actions to be livestreamed and (ultimately) shared with a large global audience... More>>
"Shouted Abuse": Man Wanted Following Incident Outside Christchurch Mosque
RNZ - Residents want to end 'racist' pamphlets
White Supremacists Left Out Of UN Designated Terrorists List
RNZ - Lone wolf attacks difficult to prevent - SIS headNZ Govt - Andrew Little leads NZ delegation on antiterrorism taskforce
11/4 - Arms Amendment Bill Passes 119 to 1: Gun Laws To Change
National Party MPs crossed the floor of Parliament to congratulate Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Police Minister Stuart Nash, after MPs voted near-unanimously to approve the government's gun ban last night. More>>
NZ Govt - Speech: Nash - Arms Amendment Bill Third Reading - Legal framework for gun buyback scheme announced - Stuart Nash: Second Reading Arms Amendment Bill - Select Committee report on Arms Amendment BillACT - Ministerial interference in gun reform select committee - Free Press, 8 April 2019Federated Farmers - Federated Farmers Committed to Working on Firearms Reform - Landowners let down by select committee on firearms changes
10/4: Flowers, Tributes To Be Removed From Christchurch Gardens
Volunteers in Christchurch are bracing for an emotional day as they embark on the task of removing the more than 100m of flowers and momentos left for people affected by the mosque terror attacks. More>>


Security Sees Fewer Services: Auckland Anzac Day Events Finalised
In the current heightened security environment, Police have agreed to maintain a visible presence at events for public reassurance. As a result, Police had recommended that Anzac Day events in Auckland be consolidated so that they could adequately resource each public gathering. More>>
RNZ - Auckland Anzac Day services to merge for safety - Threats over Muslim prayer at Anzac serviceNZ Police - Police acknowledge decisions by organisers of ANZAC Day - Police statement on ANZAC Day commemorations in AucklandThe Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cab 8/4/19: Terror Attack Inquiry
Christchurch Terror Attacks: Over 100 ACC Claims Made
ACC has received almost 150 injury claims related to the Christchurch terror attacks, but many remain ineligible for support. More>>
RNZ - Man who lost father in mosque attacks denied ACC helpVictim Support - Almost $1.7 million paid to Christchurch victims so far
Select Committee Report On Arms Amendment Bill
The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee’s final report on the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill is now public... More>>
NZ Govt - Stuart Nash: Second Reading Arms Amendment BillACT - Ministerial interference in gun reform select committee - Free Press, 8 April 2019Federated Farmers - Landowners let down by select committee on firearms changes
Terms Of Reference Announced: Gordon Campbell On The Pitfalls Facing The Royal CommissionInevitably, there will be a fair degree of focus by the Commission on the Christchurch shooter, his background, what the authorities knew about him beforehand, and the role that social media played in his radicalisation.
Ultimately, much of that information will be useful only to the extent that it illuminates two of the meatier aspects of the Inquiry’s terms of reference… was the SIS operating with the wrong priorities? And if so, was this because (a) the SIS and our 5 Eyes allies were treating jihadi terrorism as their over-riding concern and/or (b) was there anything in its governing legislation that constrained the security services from pre-empting the mosque attacks. More>>
NZ Govt - Supreme Court judge to lead terror attack Royal CommissionOut-Link - Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques - dia.govt.nzThe Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cab 8/4/19: Terror Attack Inquiry
Ardern Mulls NZ's 'International Ask' On Social Media Reform
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is consulting personally about the role New Zealand could play internationally to get a "step-change in behaviour" by global social media companies when it comes to their sponsorship of extremism, disinformation, election manipulation and hate speech. More>>
The Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cab 8/4/19: Terror Attack Inquiry
'A Better, Safer, More Inclusive NZ': NZ Leaders Stand Together
A letter, already supported by organisations including the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Ernst & Young (EY), commits to addressing discrimination and creating more inclusive environments within New Zealand workplaces. More>>
Human Rights Commission - Human Rights Commission supports business leaders’ stand


Charity Show: NBL And Harlem Globetrotters Support Christchurch Victims
Harlem Globetrotters and the NBL will donate proceeds of the Harlem Globetrotters’ Christchurch show to the Our People, Our City fund to support those affected by the tragedy. More>>
Anglican Diocese Responds: 'Inter-Faith Hub' Proposed For Rebuilt Cathedral
It is entirely appropriate that people pause and reflect after the horrific Mosque massacre. We must all learn from these events and we’ve seen that reflected in many areas of New Zealand life. More>>
More Under Consideration: Christchurch Terror Attack Charges Confirmed
Police can now confirm the man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 Murder and 39 Attempted Murder charges... More>>
Muslim Prayer Dropped From Anzac Service After Threats
RNZ - Auckland Anzac Day services to merge for safetyNZ Police - Police statement on ANZAC Day commemorations in Auckland
Australia Passes Violent Content Penalties For Social Media Companies
Australia is set to fine social media companies up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover and imprison executives if violent content is not removed under a new law passed by the country's parliament today. More>> Law Council of Australia - Livestream laws could have serious unintended consequencesRNZ - Facebook should turn off livestreaming: Privacy Commissioner


Live Video: Oral Submissions On Gun Law Reform Legislation
A parliamentary select committee is hearing oral submissions on the government's fast-tracked firearm law changes... Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey More>>
RNZ - MPs debate new gun laws: 'NZers want this change' - David Seymour misses chance to slow gun legislation debate - National's Collins wants tougher action on gangs with guns - Armageddon convention bans military-style clothing, gunsThe Scoop Team - Post-Cabinet Press Conference 1/4/19: Gun Ban BillBill Out-Link - Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill - New Zealand ParliamentOffice of the Clerk - Arms Amendment Bill now open for submissionsNZ Govt - Arms Amendment Bill - Proactive release of papers - Stuart Nash: First Reading Arms Amendment Bill - Tighter gun laws to enhance public safetyNational - New attempt to get guns off gangsACT - 16,000 call for real consultation on firearms - Firearms submissions won’t be read, more time needed - Stealth deregulation of gun laws last December? - ACT opposes rushed firearms legislationNZ Police - Police respond to signalled firearms law changesNZ Medical Students' Association - New Zealand Medical Students Support Ban on Semi-Auto GunsGame Animal Council - Arms Amendment Bill will not significantly impact huntingCTU - NZ Union Movement Supports Improvements to Gun LawsActionStation - 6,500 make joint submission for gun law reform to go furtherNZ Nurses Organisation - NZNO strongly supports gun law changePeace Movement Aotearoa - Arms Amendment Bill: Submission summaryOut-Link - A (non-)submission on the new Arms Amendment legislation • Legal Beagle • Public AddressNZ Human Rights Commission - Senior United Nations official visits ChristchurchChristchurch City Council - Top UN official to learn about response to mosque attacks
Rugby: Considering 'The Crusaders' Name And Brand
“We are asking Research First to look into two possible options moving forward - retaining the ‘Crusaders’ name but changing the branding and associated imagery; or undertaking a complete rebranding, including the name and all imagery.” More>>
RNZ - Keeping Crusaders name "not a viable option" - advocateOut-Link - Why Muslims See the Crusades So Differently from Christians - HISTORYOut-Link - Crusaders' name and imagery feeds into white supremacy, says far-right expert - NZ Herald


Sunday 7 April: Gala Variety Show For Mosque Attack Families
Cliff Curtis, Sir Bob Parker, Jason Reeves, Sonia Gray, Suzanne Paul, Colin Mathura Jeffree, Geoff Sewell, Jay Laga’aia, Darryl Lovegrove, Lavina Williams, Deliah Hannah, James Nokise, Jarred Fell, Ali Harper, Tarun Mohanbhai, Becks Wright and Michael Murphy are just some of the stars who will be lining up on stage. More>>
University of Auckland - Creativity a powerful healer after traumaMushroom Group - You Are Us Auckland Concert SOLD OUT, Christchurch to comeImprov Mob - Whangarei Improvised Comedy To Raise Funds for ChristchurchRees Hotel - The Rees’ Silent Auction for Christchurch
Ministry Of Education: Terms Of Reference For Schools Lockdown Review
Because this lockdown was for a significant period of time, covered a large area of a major city, affected a very large number of families and occurred at a time of uncertainty about the nature of the events that were unfolding it is even more important than usual that we undertake a review of all aspects of the lockdown. More>>
First Reading Passed: Gun Control Legislation Tabled
The Arms Amendment Bill will have its first reading on Tuesday 2 April, and be referred to a Select Committee for a swift public submissions process. It will return to Parliament next week to pass through its remaining stages. It is intended to come into force on 12 April, the day after the Royal Assent. More>>
RNZ - MPs debate new gun laws: 'NZers want this change' - David Seymour misses chance to slow gun legislation debate - National's Collins wants tougher action on gangs with guns - Armageddon convention bans military-style clothing, gunsThe Scoop Team - Post-Cabinet Press Conference 1/4/19: Gun Ban BillBill Out-Link - Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill - New Zealand ParliamentOffice of the Clerk - Arms Amendment Bill now open for submissionsNZ Govt - Stuart Nash: First Reading Arms Amendment BillACT - ACT opposes rushed firearms legislationNZ Police - Police respond to signalled firearms law changesNZ Medical Students' Association - New Zealand Medical Students Support Ban on Semi-Auto GunsGame Animal Council - Arms Amendment Bill will not significantly impact hunting


Gordon Campbell: On The Legal Crackdown On Hate Crimes
By promising to “fast track” the government’s legislative response to hate crimes and discrimination Little made the exercise sound (potentially at least) like an attack on freedom of expression, as much as it would hopefully create a better protective shield for the vulnerable members of the community... More>>
RNZ - Facebook says it hasn't changed its livestreaming at all - Corrections criticised over 'countering violent extremism' programme - Threats over Muslim prayer at Anzac serviceHamilton City Council - Mayor calls for understanding and empathyOut-Link - Before mosque attacks, New Zealand failed to record hate crimes for years | ReutersOut-Link - Christchurch terror attack: The 41 terror publications you didn't know the Censor banned | NewshubOut-Link - Australian politician Fraser Anning censured over Christchurch shooting comments | RNZ NewsOut-Link - Facebook Says White Nationalist Video Doesn’t Break New Policy Against White Nationalism | HuffPost
Joeseph Cederwall: CJR Analysis Of Post-Christchurch Media Coverage
After the Christchurch massacre, Columbia Journalism Review analysed news sources to see how outlets complied with guidelines from groups that seek to limit the amplification of terrorist acts through media. More>>
Storicom - AI Day 2019 panel sees the need to reboot journalism
Some of the crowd during the final waita at the Wellington steraming event for the remembrance service. Photo: Lyndon Hood
PM's Speech: National Remembrance Service March 29 We gather here, 14 days on from our darkest of hours. In the days that have followed the terrorist attack on the 15th of March, we have often found ourselves without words. What words adequately express the pain and suffering of 50 men, women and children lost, and so many injured?
What words capture the anguish of our Muslim community being the target of hatred and violence? What words express the grief of a city that has already known so much pain?
I thought there were none. And then I came here and was met with this simple greeting. Asalamu Aleykum. Peace be upon you. More>>
RNZ video and live blog - 'Ko tātou, tātou - We are one': national remembrance serviceChristchurch City Council - Unity the focus of National Remembrance Service - Ko Tātou, Tātou - We are one: Order of Service - Factor extra travel time into your Friday plansNZ Govt - National Remembrance ServiceDIA link - Event details and full list of other locationsRegional events - Auckland - Wellington region - Turangawaewae [Cancelled] - Blenheim - Hamilton - Palmerston NorthNZ Police - Police advice for national remembrance events - Large crowds expected at Eden Park for national remembranceNZ Police - Police Commissioner on response to Christchurch attacksCanterbury DHB - FRIDAY 29 MARCH - Update from Christchurch HospitalCTU - Together we can create a future of unityAll Right - Roll out of new campaign to support ChristchurchAroha for NZ - Gamers and sports stars unite to support “Aroha For NZ”ASB Bank - ASB True Rewards available to contribute to Our PeoplePacific Media Watch - Reporting Islam before and after 15/3RNZ - Rural remembrance events face cancellation over police staff - PM Ardern in Christchurch: 'There is much work to do'Binoy Kampmark - Angles of Tolerance: Yusuf Islam in Christchurch
Duke Of Cambridge To Visit Christchurch
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed news that the Duke of Cambridge will visit New Zealand on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to honour the victims of the Christchurch mosques terror attack. The visit will be in late April. More>>
Royal Family - The Duke of Cambridge to visit New Zealand
You Are Us/Aroha Nui Benefits Concerts Announced:You Are Us Auckland Concert SOLD OUT, Christchurch to comeChristchurch Lineup Featuring LordeAuckland LineupNZ Music Industry Unites For Christchurch
Facebook Announces Ban On White Nationalism And Separatism
"Today we’re announcing a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram, which we’ll start enforcing next week. It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services." More>>
Out-Link - Facebook Says White Nationalist Video Doesn’t Break New Policy Against White Nationalism | HuffPostSanjana Hattotuwa - Principles over promises: Responding to terrorismWorld Federation of Advertisers - WFA urges brands to hold platforms to accountJoint Media Statement - Local advertisers and agencies delighted at support from WFAACT - New hate crime law would be ineffective, divisive - Free Press, 1 April 2019Free Speech Coalition - Free Speech Coalition will defend free speech rightsUniversities NZ - Te Pokai Tara - Universities call for effective regulation of social mediaStoricom - AI Day 2019 panel sees the need to reboot journalismRNZ - Hamilton councillor criticised over terror attack commentsOut-Link - Before mosque attacks, New Zealand failed to record hate crimes for years | Reuters
Islamic Women's Council Of New Zealand: Dr National Coordinator Maysoon Salama's Personal Message
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Greetings of peace to you all. The tragedy of last Friday has been an overwhelming one for myself and for the Muslim community here in Christchurch. I am currently dealing with the loss of my son, and serious injuries to my husband. I put my faith in Allah and rely on Him to give me strength and courage. More>>
Ramzy Baroud: A Visitor On NZ's Response
The Australian terrorist - whose name will not be mentioned here in honor of a call made by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, as not to celebrate the infamy of the senseless murderer - wanted to send a message that immigrants, particularly Muslims, are not safe, not even in New Zealand. But his attempt backfired. More>>


PM Announces Royal Commission Into Christchurch Attacks
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that there will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into security agencies following the Christchurch terrorist attacks... The inquiry will look at what could or should have been done to prevent the attack, Ms Ardern said. More>>
Scoop Multimedia - PM's Post-Cab 25/3/19: Royal Commission on Mosque AttacksRNZ - SIS was warned on interviewees' rights - Inspector-General - Andrew Little says more NZers under surveillance - New Zealand prudent to stay on high alert: Ardern - Armed police to remain on streets: commissionerTVNZ - Police Minister provides detail of possible gun law changesNZ Govt - Foreign Minister to visit MalaysiaNational - Royal Commission needed into Christchurch attacks - Royal Commission not an excuse to ignore security concernsACT - ACT welcomes National’s support for Royal Commission - Royal Commission should include Police response - Free Press, 26 March 2019Maori Council - Royal Commission into failure of NZ’s Intelligence a mustRNZ - SIS accused of breaching NZ Muslims' rights
Gordon Campbell: On Ridding The Net Of White Supremacist Propaganda
Although it won’t be a walk in the park, gun law reform will be an easier job than neutralising the Internet hate content that (a) recruited the Christchurch shooter, and (b) confirmed him in his beliefs. More>>
RNZ - Chief censor defends classifying manifesto objectionableOut-Link - Why the censor's total ban on possession of "the Manifesto" is wrong | Graeme EdgelerFree Speech Coalition - Intervention over ISPs has free speech implications
Planned For 29 March: National Remembrance Service
A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>
RNZ Out-Links - They Are Us: A memorial to the victims of the 15 March 2019 Christchurch terror attacks - New Zealand's Darkest Day: A timeline of the Christchurch terror attacksRNZ - Lei of peace gifted to ChristchurchNZ Govt - Peters: Statement to the Organisation of Islamic CooperationNational - Royal Commission needed into Christchurch attacksACT - ACT welcomes National’s support for Royal CommissionNZ Police - Name Release 4 – Christchurch Terror Attack - Name release 3 - Name release 2 - Name Release 1NZ Police - Statement on Christchurch accused’s firearms licence - Christchurch terror attack – victim identification completeChristchurch City Council - Fact Sheet for Media – Monday 25 March 2019Canterbury DHB - Update from Christchurch Hospital Sunday, 24 March 2019 - 23 March - 22 MarchDepartment Of Internal Affairs - Donations AdviceTrademe - Trade Me launches Aroha for ChristchurchHamilton City Council - National Remembrance to be livestreamed at ClaudelandsAuckland Council - Eden Park opens its gates for Remembrance for Christchurch - Mayor to visit Mosques in remembrance of victimsFIRST Union - St John angers staff with insensitive ad campaignMushroom Group - You Are Us/Aroha Nui | Auckland Lineup AnnouncedPalmerston North City Council - Live screening of National Remembrance Service in The SquareKapiti Coast District Council - Kāpiti Coast community encouraged to attend National ServiceWellington City Council - Wall of aroha in the heart of the citySt Peter's Anglican Church - Rutter RequiemNZ Baha'i Community - Hundreds of students set to speak up for race unitySKYCITY - Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge to become candlesUN - Racism: UN experts condemn mosque attacks - Guterres announces UN plan to safeguard religious sites - Secretary-General remarks at Islamic Cultural CenterEuro Med Monitor - Racist rhetoric in Europe on the riseBinoy Kampmark - Globalising the Christchurch Shootings


Lyndon Hood: Te Mea Nui O Te Ao
What our deal is down here, our thing, if it was up to me,
For us living on these sanctuary piles of rock in the sea,
I’d choose one where the murder of people just over their religion
(If things like that were not stopped in the land that I lived in)
Is an attack on our sisters and brothers and fathers and mothers and children –
Ourselves. I’ll take that... More>>
Chief Censor Press Releases: Christchurch Attack Publication Classified As Objectionable - Joins Video In Ban
A publication reportedly written by the terrorist behind the fatal attacks in Christchurch, has been officially classified as objectionable. More>>
Department Of Internal Affairs - Internal Affairs urges people to remain vigilantFree Speech Coalition - Banning of manifesto a step too farBinoy Kampmark - Censorship, manifestos and the Christchurch ShooterPacific Media Centre - Online hate speech ‘gives green light’ to attacks
21/3: Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles
Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.
“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>
Scoop Video - Government Announces Gun Control MeasuresNZ Police - Police announce process to hand over reclassified MSSAsScience Media Centre - Urgent changes to gun laws – Expert ReactionChristchurch City Council - Christchurch Terror Attack: Fact Sheet for Media 21/3/19National - National supports firearms reformGreens - Gun control welcomed by GreensFish and Game NZ - Fish & Game supports firearm law reformsFederated Farmers - Federated Farmers supports toughening up on firearmsPolice Association - Government applauded for decisive action on firearmsTrademe - Trade Me supports Government’s firearms law amendmentsRNZ - Live updates: Christchurch mosque terror attacks day 7 - Day 6 - Social media feels heat on hate after crisis in Christchurch RNZ Report: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs
There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>
RNZ - SIS accused of breaching NZ Muslims' rightsGordon Campbell - Gordon Campbell on what government could have done betterMinistry of Education - Lockdown review starts 2 April 2019
Gordon Campbell: On What Government Could Have Done Better
Across New Zealand and the wide world beyond, PM Jacinda Ardern has justifiably won a ton of praise for how she has responded to the Christchurch attacks... Arguably though, and alongside those significant achievements, there have been a few areas where the performance of the coalition government and its agencies have been less than stellar. More>>
Peter Dunne - Dunne Speaks: Beware the Ides of March
Two Minute Silence 22/3: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>
NZ Police - Christchurch – mosques handed back to communityMaori Council - Maori to gather for a national Haka on FridayLove Aotearoa Hate Racism - Thousands expected at Sunday rallyAmnesty International - Thousands share messages of hope for our Muslim whānauHamilton City Council - Two locations for two minutes silence for ChristchurchJewish Council - New Zealand Jewish Support for ChristchurchUnite Union - National Day of mourning still neededPacific Leadership Forum - Condolences to our Muslim Community in AotearoaSocialist Equality Group - On the glorification of Jacinda ArdernGreg Rzesniowiecki - Petition call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry
Security: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs
Jane Patterson for RNZ: There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>
Ministry of Education - Lockdown review starts 2 April 2019
Parliament's Condolences: PM's Statement On Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack
Al salam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. And peace be upon all of us.
Mr Speaker the 15th of March will now forever be a day etched in our collective memories... More>>
National - Opposition Leader’s Address to Parliament on ChristchurchNZ First - Winston Peters Speech to Commemorate the Christchurch MosqueACT - ACT Leader's reply on Christchurch mosques terrorist attacks


Joseph Cederwall: WOMAD - Love Will Lead Us Home
The events of Friday, moments before the gates opened cast an entirely different shadow over the festival and highlight the importance of such events as a way of growing closer together. More>>
Joseph Cederwall - WOMAD 2019 Review, Photos and VideosCOCA Gallery - Love Lives Here
Gordon Campbell: On Why The Government Shouldn't Run The Christchurch Massacre Inquiry
At Cabinet yesterday, the promised changes to our gun laws cleared their first hurdle. According to PM Jacinda Ardern, Cabinet agreed collectively “in principle” on a set of proposals to change New Zealand’s gun laws... Yesterday, Ardern also announced an inquiry into the background to the mosque attacks and into the role played by the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs, and Immigration. More>>
RNZ - Live updates: Christchurch mosque terror attacks day 6 - Social media feels heat on hate after crisis in ChristchurchNZ Police - Name Release 1 - Police working relentlessly to complete formal IDs - Terror attack – 250 officers and staff dedicated to enquiryGordon Campbell - Gordon Campbell on effective changes to gun laws and the SIS - Gordon Campbell on Brexit and Christchurch tragedy pornThe Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cab 18/3/19: After The Mosques Terror AttackNZ Govt - PM statement on Christchurch mosques terror attack - Foreign Minister to visit Indonesia and TurkeyMaori Council - Maori to gather for a national Haka on FridayNZ Security Intelligence Service - NZSIS welcomes inquiry into the Christchurch attackGovt Communications Security Bureau - GCSB statement on the Christchurch terrorist attacksSpark Vodafone 2degrees - Open letter from the CEOs of Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees - Telcos advise of Christchurch donation scamsACC - ACC support extends to family members overseas - ACC sets up direct contact for victimsVictim Support - Update on Victim Support Givealittle FundQ+A- ASPI Head, Dr John Coyne interviewed by Corin Dann - Q+A: Minister Andrew Little interviewed by Corin DannScience Media Centre - Muslim identity and experiences in New Zealand - Christchurch attacks: gun control - Expert ReactionGreg Barton - Christchurch attacks are a stark warning of toxic politicsJoe Burton - Four lessons from the Christchurch terror attackStephen Croucher - The psychology of fear and hate, and what each of us can doDenis Muller - Attacks provide a new ethics lesson for professional mediaJohn Battersby - Overhauling gun and terrorism laws not enough
15/3/2019: Mosques Attacked in Christchurch

• There have been two attacks at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood, Christchurch
• Police commissioner says 50 confirmed dead in Christchurch terrorist attacks. One man charged with murder appeared in court on Saturday, two more apprehended - working to understand their involvement
• PM Jacinda Ardern has described it as a "terrorist attack" by those holding extremist views. She says NZ's gun laws will change.
• The national security threat level has been increased from low to high.
• Commissioner Bush said there were explosive devices attached to one vehicle that were stopped by police and these have been made safe by Defence Force personnel.
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New Zealand Muslim Association - Tragic Incident in ChristchurchAnjum Rahman - Exhausted, frustrated – 5 years seeking help against discriminationOut-Link - Lamia Imam: 'I cannot forgive the rhetoric that got us here' | RNZ NewsOut-Link - Vigils are useless without real changeRNZ - Four things to do following the Christchurch terror attacks - Mosque attacks: Tributes, vigils and mourning - Mosque attacks: 12,000 Wellingtonians express solidarity - Mosque attacks: Burying the Christchurch deadNZ Police - Christchurch Central Police station open - 18-year-old charged under Films Videos and Publications Classification Act [corrected] - Victim identification and nationalities - Update 15 - Update 14 - Update 13 - Update 12 - Update 11 – Christchurch Terror Attack - Update 10 - Update 9 - Update 8: 28-year-old charged with murder - Update 7 - Update 6 - Update 5 - Update 4 - Update 3 - Update 2 - Update 1 - Serious firearms incident, central ChristchurchNZ Govt - Changes at Parliament this week - National condolence book opened for Christchurch victims - Statement from Jacinda Ardern on Christchurch shooting 17 March - 3.30pm 16 March - 9am 16 March - Intial update - PM on Christchurch shootingsGovernor-General - Message on- Christchurch - Message from The Queen to the Governor-General - A message from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Message from HRH The Prince of Wales to the Governor-GeneralOffice of the Speaker - Statement of thanks for condolence messagesUN - UN Secretary-General's Spokesman on NZ mosque attackNational - Opposition Leader condemns Christchurch attacksACT - Free Press: Reflections on Christchurch - ACT statement on Christchurch shootingCanterbury DHB - 48 patients with gunshot wounds being treated - 15/3: Christchurch Hospital and Outpatients locked downChristchurch City Council - Mayor’s message to the people of Christchurch - Saturday: Christchurch terror attacks: What you need to know - Council places its central city buildings in lock-downVictim Support - Victim Support launches Official FundAuckland Council - Auckland Council stands with ChristchurchHamilton City Council - Hamilton vigil following Christchurch terrorism attackHuman Rights Commissioner - Paul Hunt on the events in ChchMCH - New Zealand Flag half-masting directiveMSD - MSD extends contact centre hours due to Christchurch tragedyDIA - Sharing shooting video likely illegalBishop Peter - On behalf of Canterbury Church leadersAir NZ - Regional turboprop services out of Chch on 15/3 cancelledLGNZ - LGNZ extends condolences to those in ChristchurchPolice Association - Police Association fully supports call for gun law changesTrade Me Limited - Trade Me halts sale of semi-automatic weaponsNZ Medical Association - Doctors condemn attacks, call for action on gun controlNew Zealand Association Of Psychotherapists - Finding Compassion in a Dark DayARMS - Refugee Sector shows solidarityNZ Bankers' Association - Banking industry contributes $1 million to Christchurch familiesASB Polyfest - Final Day of ASB Polyfest cancelledEmbassy of Israel -Christchurch terror attacksNZ Friends of Israel - Condemns Christchurch Mosque AttackPLO - Palestine condemns the terrorist attack on NZ mosquesCanadian Union of Postal Workers - CUPW Condemns Terrorist Attack in New ZealandAdrian Maidment - Adrian Maidment Cartoon: The Strength of our ResponsePublic Address Out-Link - Terrorism Offences and Murder Sentencing: An Explainer • Legal Beagle
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