On these pages, you'll find information about the coronial process for the 15 March 2019 Christchurch masjidain attack.

There is information to help you understand what to expect from the coronial process and answer questions you may have. These pages will be updated with more information in the coming weeks and months, so please be sure to check back in regularly.

If the information you're looking for isn't on this page, or if you have any other questions, please contact Coronial Services by emailing coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or phoning 0800 88 88 20. If you're representing a media organisation, please email your queries to media@justice.govt.nz.

Latest updates

29 September 2022

Upcoming Interlocutory Hearing

A hearing on an application seeking to replace Counsel appointed to assist the Inquiry in the Masjidain Attack Coronial Inquiry will take place via audio visual link on 13 October.

The purpose of the hearing is to hear any further submissions on the application which has been brought by counsel representing some of the Interested Parties. The application does not relate to any of the substantive issues for the Inquiry as decided in the April 2022 Scope Decision.

Interested Parties will be receiving separate information on how they may attend.

30 June 2022

Coroner Windley has set down dates for the First Phase of the Inquest hearing

Coroner Windley has released a statement that the First Phase Inquest hearing will take place from Monday 15 May to Friday 9 June 2023 at the Christchurch Law Courts. You can read the statement on the For Media page. 

28 April 2022

Coroner Windley has issued her decision on the scope of the Inquiry

Coroner Windley has issued her Scope Decision specifying which issues will be investigated in the Inquiry. You can read the Scope Decision on the Documents relevant to the masjidain attack coronial Inquiry page and more about the decision on the Coronial Inquiry page.

To support Interested Parties to understand the Scope Decision, the Coroner has also provided an Aid to the Scope Decision, which summarises the key points. You can read the Aid on the Documents relevant to the masjidain attack coronial Inquiry page. Translations of the Aid to the Scope Decision can be found on the Language and Translation Support page.

Inquest hearing to be held

The Coroner has indicated that an inquest hearing will be held as part of the Inquiry at least in relation to some issues. At this stage an inquest hearing will be held to hear evidence about the events on 15 March 2019 that culminated in the masjidain attack, the emergency response to those events including the initial Police investigation efforts, and issues of survivability of the deceased. No date for this inquest hearing has been decided.

14 March 2022

Coroner Windley recently released a Minute on access to information and her Decision providing reasons for declining to recuse herself

A Minute on how interested parties or their counsel can request access to the manifesto document and video footage of the attack can be found on the Documents relevant to the masjid attacks coronial inquiry page.

The Coroner's reasons for her decision as to why she declined to recuse herself from the coronial inquiry can be found on the Coronial Inquiry page. 

10 March 2022

Coroner Windley has released a Minute on General Information Disclosure and an Interim Non-Publication Order

The purpose of the Coroner’s Minute is to provide interested parties with access to new documents. The Minute explains who can access the information and how to do so. The Interim Non-Publication Order prohibits the publication of this information and details those conditions. You can read the Minute and the Interim order on the Documents relevant to the masjid attacks coronial inquiry page.

4 March 2022

Submissions on the scope of the Inquiry are available to view online

The hearing on the scope of the Inquiry has taken place. Submissions from Interested Parties are now available under ‘Submissions on the scope of the Inquiry’ on the Documents relevant to the masjid attacks coronial inquiry page.

See previous updates on the Archived Updates page.