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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 and Linwood Masjid in Christchurch.

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10/12/19: Names Of Arresting Officers Released
Police are now in the position to name the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15. More>>

2/11/19: Christchurch Call - Crisis Response Protocol Workshop In Wellignton
Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. The workshop aims to refine and strengthen the response in the event of a terrorist attack with online implications. More>>

Privacy Breach: Police On Firearm Buyback Data Leak
We can confirm that a dealer with legitimate access to the online notification platform for the firearm buy-back programme has been able to view details of firearms owners... We have been able to identify the error back to an update made by our vendor last week which provided dealers a higher level of access to the notifications database. The update was not authorised by Police. More>>

Gun Law Changes: Time Extension For Those In Exemption Processes
Regulations that take effect tomorrow will ensure firearms owners who have already started a specific exemptions based process for their prohibited items will continue to be legally protected after 20 December 2019. More>>

20/11/19: "Effectively A Permanent Amnesty" - Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation
The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>


Standard Enforcement Report: Facebook Removed Millions Of Chch Mosque Shooting Posts
Facebook has taken down millions of images and articles worldwide depicting the Christchurch terror attacks, which killed 51 people. More>>

Online Harm Plan: Ten Ways To Tackle Hate
A Helen Clark Foundation project to reduce online harm will be presented today in competition at the Paris Peace Forum. 'The Christchurch Principles' full report is available for download here. More>>

Gun Control: New Safety Measures For Modified Pistols
Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. More>>

13/11/19: Royal Commission Report Date Extended To April 2020
The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. More>>

'Armed Response Teams': Armed Police "Will Cause American-Style Shootings"
The Police Commissioner's announcement that squadcars of officers with automatic rifles will patrol New Zealand's streets is dangerous and unnecessary, according to the criminal justice community organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The ... More>>

Race Relations: 8chan Founder Fights Owner's Philippine Citizenship Bid
The creator of the 8chan website - used by the 15 March gunman to promote the video of the atrocity - is locked in a bitter battle with its current owner. More>>

Control Orders: Amnesty Says Don't Rush Terrorism Bill
"The problem is, we often see the word “terrorism” being applied broadly by oppressive regimes to detain innocent people who're simply rallying for a better life." More>>

Expert Reaction: $17 million To Fight Online Extremist Content
The Department of Internal Affairs will double its work investigating and preventing violent extremism online. Funding will also help bolster the Chief Censor's work to make fast decisions about harmful content. More>>

Minister's Speech: Arms Legislation Bill, First Reading
Mr Speaker, the terror attacks at the mosques are not the first mass shooting this country has endured. Successive governments have known since the Thorp review of 1997 that our gun laws were too weak... More>>

PM In US: Christchurch Call Leaders’ Dialogue

In only four short months we have – collectively – made real strides toward both preventing and responding to the very real harm caused by terrorist and violent extremist content online.

I know colleagues will speak to the details of this announcement, so I will only note that the plan for a reshaped Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (the GIFCT) is a substantial, meaningful commitment by industry.

This has been developed in conversation with partner governments and civil society, in the spirit of collaboration of the Christchurch Call. More>>

Royal Commission: Public Submissions Close Friday 27 September
As the public submissions process draws to a close, and with more than 900 submissions received to date, the Royal Commission is still urging people to come forward if they have information which may help with its inquiries. More>>

18/9/19: "Combating Hate And Extremism" - Facebook Announces New Changes
Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Now To Begin 2 June: Accused Gunman's Trial Delayed
Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national, was due to stand trial in the High Court at Christchuch on 4 May 2020. It was a date that troubled victims of the attacks as it fell in the middle of Islam's holy month Ramadan, when many Muslims fast. The Crown asked the court to delay the trial; a request unopposed by the defendant's lawyers Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson. More>>

Computing And Internet: Solutions To Online Hate Weekend Brings Experts Together
The workshop was initially organised by a small group of communications and political science academics to share research about solutions to online hate, and keep the conversations about racism going as the six month anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attack approached... More>>

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks
The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online
The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>

Cloudflare: Terminating Service For 8Chan
8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet properties that use Cloudflare's service. We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time. The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths. More>>

US and NATO visits: US Defense Secretary In NZ
The United States secretary of defense has arrived in Auckland to meet his New Zealand counterpart. More>>

31 July: Man Who Delivered Anti-Muslim Tirade Sentenced
A man who delivered an anti-Muslim tirade to worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque has been sentenced in the Christchurch District Court to 10 months supervision. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Public Inquiries And Public Access
In New Zealand, there are at least two major inquiries into security/defence issues running in parallel at the moment, and the one that’s demonstrating more transparency and candour is not the one that you’d expect. More>>

Amid Supression Of State Evidence: Call For More Inclusion Of Muslims In Mosque Attack Inquiry
The Chief Human Rights Commissioner is urging the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques to amp up its efforts to include the Muslim community in its work. More>>

US 'Religious Freedoms' Initiative: Mosque Attack Survivor Speaks About Meeting Donald Trump
A Christchurch mosque attack survivor has spoken for the first time since arriving back from a trip where he joined representatives from 17 countries to meet with Donald Trump to discuss religious freedoms. More>>

Plans For Gun Register, Licensing Changes: Gordon Campbell On The Latest Struggle For Gun Reform
The gun lobby can be relied on to drag its feet at best (and actively resist at worst) in the face of any attempt to make gun ownership safer for the families and communities within which the gun owners happen to live. More>>

Jewish Leaders Donate $1m To Mosque Victims
Jewish community leaders joined Muslim officials in Christchurch today [17 July], to hand over a million dollars raised in an American city for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks. More>>

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch
The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

camouflageGordon 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>


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>>

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>>

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>>

You Are Us/Aroha Nui Benefits Concerts Announced:

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>>

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>>

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.

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The COVID-19 crisis is compelling us to kick-start investment in a regenerative and zero-carbon future. We were bold enough to act quickly to stop the virus - can we now chart a course for a just recovery? More>>

The Conversation: Are New Zealand's New COVID-19 Laws And Powers Really A Step Towards A Police State?

Reaction to the New Zealand government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown has ranged from high praise to criticism that its actions were illegal and its management chaotic. More>>

Keith Rankin: Universal Versus Targeted Assistance, A Muddled Dichotomy

The Commentariat There is a regular commentariat who appear on places such as 'The Panel' on Radio New Zealand (4pm on weekdays), and on panels on television shows such as Newshub Nation (TV3, weekends) and Q+A (TV1, Mondays). Generally, these panellists ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>

Caitlin Johnstone: Do You Consent To The New Cold War?

The world's worst Putin puppet is escalating tensions with Russia even further, with the Trump administration looking at withdrawal from more nuclear treaties in the near future. In addition to planning on withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>


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