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Cabinet Decision ERS-19-SUB-0026: Looking Forward: Strengthening New Zealand Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism (September 2019)

Issue date: 
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
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This Cabinet Paper includes a draft version of New Zealand’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The draft version has been partially withheld in this release. Links to the final version of the Counter-Terrorism Strategy are given in the related content section below.

This Cabinet paper and related Cabinet minutes have been proactively released by the Minister for National Security and Intelligence.

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Extract from Cabinet Paper ERS-19-SUB-0026: Looking Forward: Strengthening New Zealand Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism


1Six months on from New Zealand’s worst terrorist attack, this paper seeks Cabinet agreement to a counter-terrorism strategy, the aim of which is bringing our nation together to protect all New Zealanders from terrorism and violent extremism of all kinds. This strategy weights our efforts towards prevention and working together as a nation to address the root causes of violent extremism, while keeping New Zealanders safe by leveraging our high levels of trust, our tolerant and inclusive society, and strong connections in and between communities.

2This paper also attaches the counter-terrorism work programme and communications plan that support the strategy, for Cabinet consideration. These seek to minimise the likelihood of future terrorist attacks and to provide public reassurance. It also sets out a process for responding to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques, and seeks agreement to a process for considering related Budget bids.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

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