Our Terms of Reference required us to make findings on:
- whether there was any information provided or otherwise available to relevant [Public] sector agencies that could or should have alerted them to the terrorist attack and, if such information was provided or otherwise available, how the agencies responded to any such information, and whether that response was appropriate; and
- the interaction amongst relevant [Public] sector agencies, including whether there was any failure in information sharing between the relevant agencies.
“The terrorist attack” means the terrorist attack carried out by the individual in accordance with his planning and preparation over the previous years. We do not see general indications of the risk of terrorism from the extreme right-wing as relevant to this question. Such indications are relevant to other issues on which we must make findings and are addressed later in the report (see Part 8: Assessing the counter-terrorism effort).
We have concluded that the only information about the individual that was known by New Zealand Public sector agencies before 15 March 2019 that could or should have alerted them to the terrorist attack was the email sent to the Parliamentary Service. The effect of this is that there were no interactions amongst the relevant Public sector agencies before 15 March 2019 that were relevant to the terrorist attack.
We find that:
- the Parliamentary Service acted appropriately within a period of time that was reasonable in the circumstances in response to the email sent just before the terrorist attack;
- there was no other information provided or otherwise available to any relevant Public sector agency that could or should have alerted them to the terrorist attack; and
- there was no failure in information sharing between the relevant Public sector agencies.