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Working with Communities - get involved

Strengthening partnerships between government and communities is at the heart of the Government’s response. Two principles driving the response speak to the importance of these important partnerships:

  • Survivors of the attack and affected whānau will be at the centre of the response
  • We will be proactive in reaching out to communities.

Enduring partnerships with Māori, civil society, academia, local government, and the private sector are essential to achieving the goal of a diverse, inclusive and safe Aotearoa New Zealand. We have been working with a range of communities and interest groups across Aotearoa New Zealand to inform the Government’s response to the RCOI.

Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group was set up in 2021 in response to recommendation 44 of the RCOI report: establish an implementation oversight advisory group to provide advice to responsible Ministers. Kāpuia provides independent advice to the Government on its response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques, and to make New Zealand a safer, more inclusive country for everyone.

We share regular updates about engagement opportunities through Toipoto, the RCOI Response Pānui. The whakataukī below gives Toipoto its name, meaning ‘to be close together’-in recognition of the role we all have to play in making Aotearoa New Zealand safer and more inclusive. It also reminds us that we are stronger when we stand together.

Waiho i te toioto, kua i te toiroa
Let us keep close together, not wide apart

If you would like to be contacted about opportunities to take part in Royal Commission related activities, you can click the link below.

Community hui

A series of hui were held after the report was released. 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 response going forward.

A timeline of these hui is shown below:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • December 2020; Hui with Christchurch Muslim communities immediately following the release of the report.

May 2021

January and February 2021

Summaries of feedback from the hui are published below, including an Arabic translation.

Last updated: 
Monday, 12 September 2022

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