The Royal Commission of Inquiry invites interested members of the public, groups and organisations to make submissions to assist the inquiry.  

What can submissions include? 

The Royal Commission was established following the attack on Christchurch mosques on 15 March 2019 and must investigate: 

  • What State sector agencies knew about the individual behind the attack, before that attack; 
  • What, if anything, they did at the time in light of that information; 
  • What else they could have done; and 
  • What else they should do to prevent such attacks in the future.   

Submissions relating to the Terms of Reference are welcomed. 

The Royal Commission is looking at what, if anything could have been done to prevent an attack like this and what could be done in the future to help keep people safe.

  • What worries you most about the safety of your community? 
  • What should government agencies be doing to keep us all safe? 
  • What could be done differently? 

In order to acknowledge those most affected by the attack, the Royal Commission also particularly wants to hear from Muslim and other communities and individuals about their experiences that relate to the Terms of Reference. This is in addition to the direct engagement with Muslim communities the Royal Commission is undertaking, including with the Muslim Community Reference Group.

Sending submission 

You can choose how to send your submission from the following options:

Use the website form here. 

Email submissions and attachments to: 

Post submissions to: 

Royal Commission (Christchurch) 

PO Box 680 


If you provide contact details we will acknowledge receipt of your submission. We understand some may prefer not to provide contact details, but please note we may not be able to respond in that case. 

The submissions inbox will be monitored between 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday. 

Public submissions close 5pm Friday 27 September 2019.

How your information will be used 

Your submissions, along with evidence gathered during the inquiry, will help inform the Royal Commission’s report, including findings and recommendations, which is due to be presented to the Governor-General by 10 December 2019. 

The Inquiries Act 2013 says the final report must be presented by the appropriate Minister to the House of Representatives as soon as practicable after the inquiry has reported under subsection.  

Your privacy 

The Royal Commission will not publicly release submissions or personal details of submitters.  

The Royal Commission may release a summary of the themes identified within submissions, but people’s personal details will not be released.  

Any person or organisation could choose to publicly release their own submission if they wish to. The Royal Commission has no responsibility for any submissions made public in this way. It would be up to individuals or organisations to decide whether and how to do so.

Any correspondence the Royal Commission receives which contains threats to the safety and security of individuals or groups will be passed on to the New Zealand Police for further action. 

Security of information 

The Royal Commission takes its responsibility to protect information seriously.   

All information will be stored on a secure database in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. 

Need help making a submission? 

There may be other ways you can provide your submission to the Royal Commission.  If you need help please call us on 0800 222 987. 

Thank you 

The Royal Commission thanks you for making a submission, and for assisting with this important and urgent inquiry for the benefit of all New Zealanders. 

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