The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques on 15 March 2019 (the Royal Commission) was established by an Order in Council on 8 April 2019 by the Governor-General, Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy.

The Royal Commission is to investigate events leading up to the attack and the performance of State sector agencies in relation to those events. The purpose is to reassure the New Zealand public, including all Muslim communities, that all reasonable measures are being taken by State sector agencies to ensure their safety and protection.

The Royal Commission is to report by 10 December 2019.

The approach of the Royal Commission will be based on fairness and impartiality and respect for all those affected by the attack, particularly the victims and their families, Muslim communities, the wider Christchurch community and the people of New Zealand. 

You can read the Terms of Reference, as set out in the Order in Council.


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