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Royal Commission Of Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attack On Christchurch Mosques On 15 March 2019

The Royal Commission has completed its inquiry process and is focused on producing the report. All interviews, meetings, evidence and analysis work are now complete.

Commissioners and the secretariat conducted close to 400 meetings and interviews in the course of the inquiry since it was established on 8 April 2019.

“We want to thank everyone who interacted with the Royal Commission throughout the inquiry, providing vital information, insights and expertise,” says Commissioner Sir William Young.

“Our report has been informed by months of gathering evidence, talking to community members and analysing submissions,” says Commissioner Jacqui Caine.

“Many of those interviewed, were summonsed to appear and provided evidence under oath. We used interviews to explore relevant matters, to test evidence or to put direct questions to elicit information and answers,” says Sir William Young.

The Royal Commission met with or interviewed affected whānau, survivors and witnesses of the terrorist attack, community organisations and individuals, current and former members of parliament, chief executives of Public sector agencies, Public sector employees, local government representatives, academics, subject matter specialists, integrity agencies and international experts.

In recent months we held hearings, meetings and interviews with people and organisations including:

· Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for National Security and Intelligence

· Dr Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen (chair), Jacob Ravndal, Jakob Ilum and Helge Renå, members of the Evaluation Committee investigating the Norwegian Police Security Service’s handling of a 2019 right-wing terrorist attack at Al-Noor Islamic Centre in Bærum, Norway

· Hon Christopher Finlayson, former Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

· Professor Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS, Director, Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures

· Nicky Hager, author and investigative journalist

· Brendan Horsley, Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

· Rt Hon John Key, former Prime Minister and Minister for National Security and Intelligence

· Andrew Kibblewhite, Chief Executive, Ministry of Justice and former Chief Executive, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

· Rebecca Kitteridge, Director-General, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

· Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and Minister of Justice

· Greg Nicholls, New Zealand Police

· Human Rights Commission

· Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand

· Religious Communities Leadership Forum

· Spark New Zealand

As is the case with others who have been interviewed by the Royal Commission, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Christopher Finlayson, Rt Hon John Key and Hon Andrew Little have been made the subject of confidentiality orders under the Inquiries Act 2013 and are not at liberty to discuss the content of the interview they have had with the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission’s report will be presented to the Governor-General on 26 November 2020. The Inquiries Act 2013 directs that the report must subsequently be presented by the appropriate minister (in this instance the Minister of Internal Affairs) to the House of Representatives as soon as practicable.

The Royal Commission’s report has been written so that it can be published in full without the need for redaction to protect national security or privacy or confidentiality matters.

For clarity, the report will not be released by the Royal Commission on 26 November, it is for the Government to decide how and when to publicly release the Royal Commission’s report.

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