The aim of the RCOI response is for a diverse, inclusive, and safe Aotearoa New Zealand. The Government has agreed to a set of principles to guide the response to the report, ko to tatau kainga tenei.
The principles of the response are:
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles will guide the response.
- Survivors of the attack and affected whanau will be at the centre of the response
- We will strive for safer communities and a New Zealand that’s more inclusive, with equal protections for all.
- We will be accountable and forward looking.
- We will be proactive in reaching out to communities.
- We will take practical actions that make a difference to people’s lives.
The Government has appointed Hon Andrew Little as Lead Coordination Minister for the Government’s Response. Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, is the Lead Minister for work on Social Cohesion. A full list of Responsible Ministers is outlined below:
- Minister for National Security and Intelligence, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
- Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson
- Minister of Police, Hon Chris Hipkins
- Minister for Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni
- Minister Responsible for the NZSIS and GCSB, Hon Andrew Little
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Nanaia Mahuta
- Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Jan Tinetti
- Minister of Justice, Hon Kiritapu Allan
- Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan
- Minister of Customs, Hon Meka Whaitiri
Agencies involved in the response
The 44 recommendations cover a wide scope of work that falls with over 17 government agencies. 17 agencies have specific recommendations that they are working on, while other agencies have work that supports the intent of the report (a diverse, inclusive, and safe Aotearoa New Zealand). Agencies involved in the response include:
- Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua | The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Te Tari Matawaka | Ministry for Ethnic Communities
- Te Manatu Whakahiato Ora | Ministry of Social Development
- Te Tai Ohanga | The Treasury
- Hikina Whakatutuki | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
- Te Tahuhu o te Matauranga | Ministry of Education
- Manatu Hauora | Ministry of Health
- Te Tira Tiaki | Government Communications Security Bureau
- Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs
- Te Tahu o te Ture | The Ministry of Justice
- Nga Pirihimana o Aotearoa | New Zealand Police
- Te Pa Whakamarumaru | New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
- Tatauranga Aotearoa | Stats NZ
- Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission
- Te Mana Arai o Aotearoa | Customs
- Manatu Aorere | New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Department of Corrections
Kāpuia – Ministerial Advisory Group
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. Kāpuia’s members come from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa, and include affected whānau, survivors and witnesses, representative communities, civil society, local government and the private sector.