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Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack 15/3/19

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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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>>

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>>

a police map showing events and times of the Christchurch mosque shootings and response

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>>

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

White Supremacists Left Out Of UN Designated Terrorists List

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Terms Of Reference Announced: Gordon Campbell On The Pitfalls Facing The Royal Commission

Inevitably, 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>>

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>>

'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>>

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

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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.
More>>


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