On these pages, you'll find information about the coronial process for the Christchurch masjid attacks of 15 March 2019.

There is information to help you understand what to expect from the coronial process and answers to questions you may have. You can also access related documents here, like the Royal Commission of Inquiry report.

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 the Office of the Chief Coroner by emailing coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or phoning (09) 916 9151. If you're representing a media organisation, please email your queries to media@justice.govt.nz.

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Latest updates

17 September 2021

New lawyer added to the list of funded lawyers

Aarif Rasheed has been nominated by some families of the Shaheed to provide legal support to families through the coronial process. Aarif joins Joshua Shaw, Hanne Janes, Anne Toohey, Nigel Hampton QC and Kathryn Dalziel on the list of funded lawyers.

Information about legal support

10 September 2021

The deadline for submissions has now closed

The deadline has now passed for families of the Shaheed and interested parties to tell the Chief Coroner about any outstanding issues or concerns which they consider haven’t yet been resolved.

The Chief Coroner is now deciding what the next steps will be and if an inquiry is needed.

Information about the coronial process

19 August 2021

Information now due to Chief Coroner by Thursday 9 September 2021

The Chief Coroner has extended the deadline for families of the Shaheed and interested parties to tell her about issues or concerns that they consider haven’t been resolved by the prosecution process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry report. The new deadline is Thursday 9 September 2021. The Chief Coroner will consider the information provided by families and interested parties when she decides if an inquiry into the Masjid attacks is needed.

Information about the coronial process

13 July 2021

Information due to Chief Coroner by Wednesday 18 August 2021

The Chief Coroner is asking families of the Shaheed, victims of gunshot wounds and other interested parties to tell her about issues or concerns which they consider have not been resolved by the prosecution process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry report by Wednesday 18 August 2021. This will help inform the Chief Coroner’s decision on whether an inquiry into the Masjid attacks needs to be opened.

Information about the coronial process

Two new lawyers added to the list of funded lawyers

Nigel Hampton QC and Kathryn Dalziel have been nominated by some families of the Shaheed to provide legal support to families through the coronial process. Nigel and Kathryn are joining Joshua Shaw, Hanne Janes and Anne Toohey on the list of funded lawyers.

Information about legal support

13 July 2021

Media release from the Office of the Chief Coroner

A deadline has now been set for submissions to the coronial investigation into the Christchurch masjid (mosque) attacks.

Read the media release [PDF, 138 KB].

8 July 2021

Media release from the Office of the Chief Coroner

Judge Deborah Marshall has announced she is retiring from her role as Chief Coroner. The Attorney-General has been given notice, and Judge Marshall will leave the role in early 2022 (date to be determined) after seven years leading the Coroners Court.

Read the media release [PDF, 135 KB].

21 June 2021

Frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process

We've added answers to frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process.

Frequently asked questions

Language translations of frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process

We've added language translations for answers to frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process. See our Language and translation support page.

8 April 2021

Legal support is available

The Ministry of Justice has made available some funded lawyers to provide legal support for the families of the Shaheed. Information about legal support can be found at:

Information about legal support

Language translations of frequently asked questions about the funded lawyers

We've added language translations for the answers to a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for families of the Shaheed about the funded lawyers. See our Language and translation support page.

Information is being shared with families

On 14 December 2020, the Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall wrote to the families of the 51 victims who died in the masjid attacks.

Families were offered two sets of information: One set with a general level of detail and another set with more specific information about how a particular person died. 

The information was sent to families in February 2021. They are now able to write to Judge Marshall and request further details, or to raise issues that fall within the coronial jurisdiction and which families consider are not resolved by the prosecution process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry report.

Some of these documents are available on our Related documents page.

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