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Engagement and community hui

Enduring partnerships between government and communities, Māori, civil society, academia, local government, and the private sector are essential to effectively counter terrorism and violent extremism, strengthen national security and foster social inclusion.

The Government will seek to work with a range of communities and interest groups across New Zealand.

This includes establishing an implementation oversight advisory group (recommendation 44), to provide advice to responsible Ministers.

Better engagement with communities

The Government is addressing how it engages with people and communities, so they can have a stronger voice in the design, development and implementation of policies and programmes that affect them. This is a recommendation of the Royal Commission report (Recommendation 38), and a desire we’ve heard from survivors, whānau, witnesses and other communities across the country. In response to this recommendation the Policy Project within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet was commissioned to develop a new Policy Community Engagement Tool, drawing on their Community Engagement Guidance and referencing the International Association of Public Participation’s resources. The first edition of the Tool was launched in December 2021 and provides hands-on guidance for policy teams and their agencies on how to conduct inclusive, respectful, and meaningful community engagement. It's being piloted with agencies involved in the Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s Report. Over time the Tool will be updated as agencies apply it to their work and obtain feedback on their policy practice from engagement participants. Further resources to complement the Tool will be included in this section as they're developed. 

Community hui

Ministers and senior officials held a number of hui with Christchurch Muslim communities in December 2020 after the release of the report.

In January and February 2021, 33 regional hui were held in Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Ashburton, Dunedin and Invercargill with Muslim and wider ethnic and faith communities. 

These hui were held to help understand key concerns and communities' priorities, to answer questions about the report and its implementation, to provide information about initiatives underway, and to outline how communities can contribute to the work programme.

A summary of feedback from the hui is published below, including an Arabic translation.

In May 2021, Tony Lynch, Lead Official for the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry, led hui with participants from Disability, Pacific, and Rainbow organisations.

These hui followed on from the hui held in January and February 2021 with Muslim communities and wider faith and ethnic communities around New Zealand. A summary of feedback from the hui is published below.

Hui Feedback

If you have attended one of our community hui, we encourage you to fill out our RCOI Hui Feedback form. Your feedback is invaluable and will be considered for future community engagement. Please fill out the form below. You can either email the form to or send it freepost to:
Hon Andrew Little
Freepost Parliament
Private Bag 18 888
Wellington 6160

A summary of feedback (both in PDF and Word versions) collected on the January/February community hui is included below:

Public Feedback

We welcome all feedback into the Government's Response to the Royal Commission into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch masjidain. If you'd like to make a submission, please fill out the form below. You can either email the form to or send it freepost to:
Hon Andrew Little
Freepost Parliament
Private Bag 18 888
Wellington 6160

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Information sheets

We've created a number of information sheets to help you take part in discussions about the Royal Commission. These sheets include the Royal Commission's findings and recommendations, and the Government initatives underway.

Last updated: 
Monday, 26 July 2021

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