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Government initiatives

The Government’s initial response to the report includes updates on relevant work that was already underway and new initiatives around three key areas; supporting our diverse communities, tackling harmful behaviour and discrimination, and keeping New Zealand safe. Information on each initiative is provided below:

Supporting our diverse communities

  • Establish a Ministry for Ethnic Communities
    Lead agency: Department of Internal Affairs

    This new Ministry will take the place of the Office of Ethnic Communities and will increase the standing and mana of the agency, improve leadership of ethnic communities within the public sector, and provide a greater ability to deliver on the ongoing work to better support and respond to the needs of our ethnically diverse communities.This new Ministry will be in place from 1 July 2021.
  • Establish Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme
    Lead agency: Department of Internal Affairs

    This programme will create opportunities for graduates and build the diversity of knowledge and experience within the public sector. It will provide a meaningful first employment opportunity and a targeted pathway into the Public Service for skilled graduates from ethnic communities, with the added benefit of injecting broader cultural competency across the Public Sector.
  • Deliver ongoing support and establish a Collective Impact Board
    Lead agency: Ministry of Social Development

    The Kaiwhakaoranga Specialist Case Management Service was set up in April 2019 to provide wrap-around support to directly affected whānau. This service has been enhanced in line with recommendation 25 of the Royal Commission of Inquiry. The Collective Impact Board was appointed on the 8th of May, 2021. The Board will enable affected communities to shape ongoing support services for their long-term recovery needs.
  • Establish a National Centre of Excellence
    Lead agency: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

    The centre will bring together academia, civil society and government to research the preventing and countering violent extremism and focus on understanding diversity and promoting social cohesion. This will help inform public discussion and guide the work of policy agencies across government.
  • Implement a trial to support young children to improve their self-regulation, resilience, and social skills
    Lead agency: Ministry of Education

    In December, Cabinet allocated $5.343 million from the Social Inclusion Package to scale up and test a play-based social emotional development programme and curriculum progress tools for 0 - 6 years olds. The trial commencing in June 2021 will include 2,500 children in around 70 early learning services to support children’s development of key skills, such as self-regulation. This trial will test the optimal programme design for promoting self-regulation and language development in Early Childhood Education services.
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry Ethnic and Faith Community Engagement Response Fund
    Lead Agency: Department of Internal Affairs

    Establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry Ethnic and Faith Community Engagement Response Fund to help minority ethnic and faith communities engage with Government to inform the Government’s response to the Royal Commission. This new fund will receive $1 million over three years and will prioritise funding for groups most directly affected by the attack. The fund can be used to support individual initiatives, as well as building long-term capability within communities.

Tackling harmful behaviour and discrimination

  • Establish New Zealand Police programme Te Raranga, The Weave
    Lead agency: New Zealand Police

    Te Raranga will make improvements in Police’s frontline practice to identify, record, and manage hate crime, and deliver a service that is more responsive to victims.
  • Increase the capacity of the Human Rights Commission
    Lead agency: Ministry of Justice

    Funding will be provided to develop a team of highly skilled individuals who can provide mediation, facilitate conversations or be more proactive in exercising the Commission’s inquiry function. This specialised team will be able to provide mediation and facilitate conversations for people who have been hurt by harmful behaviour, and where the threshold for a legal response may not be met.
  • Implement He Aranga Ake (to emerge, to arise, to become visible)
    Lead agency: New Zealand Police
    He Aranga Ake is a multi-agency preventative approach to identifying persons of concern, to reduce the likelihood of them causing harm associated with violent extremism. He Aranga Ake will approach this through appropriate, coordinated, supported and effective interventions that are proportionate to the person of concerns’ risk, needs, responsivity and circumstances. The programme will be led by New Zealand Police. It was previously referred to as the Multi-Agency Coordination and Intervention Programme (MACIP).
  • Change hate speech legislation
    Lead agency: Ministry of Justice

    Hate speech is best understood through the incitement provisions in the Human Rights Act which prohibit speech that is likely to incite others to feel hostility or contempt towards a group based on their colour, race, or ethnic or national origins. Work will continue to make changes to protect against hate speech in the Human Rights Act and taking into account recommendation 40 of the report. 
  • Extend the Safer Communities Fund
    Lead agency: Department of Internal Affairs

    Additional funding for the Safer Communities Fund that was established in 2019 to provide communities with funding to upgrade and implement security measures that will reduce the threat and fear from a potential attack. This is specifically for communities who are ‘at risk’ of terrorism or hate incidents.

Keeping New Zealand safe

  • Strengthen New Zealand’s Counter Terrorism Laws
    Lead agency: Ministry of Justice

    Changes include a new offence to criminalise planning or preparation for a terrorist act, creating a new offence to more clearly criminalise terrorist weapons and combat training.
  • Accede to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime
    Lead agency: Ministry of Justice

    This international treaty seeks to address internet and computer crime, by aligning nations’ laws, facilitating information-sharing on current threats and sharing best practice.
Last updated: 
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

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