Chief Coroner's Blog

Tēnā koe and Assalaam alaikum.

Welcome to my first blog. As the coronial process for the Christchurch Masjid attacks progresses, there is a lot happening and I want to ensure everyone is kept updated. My blog will provide regular updates that support information found throughout our website, but it will not replace the direct communications I’m having with families of the Shaheed and interested parties. If you want to stay informed I encourage you to continue checking our website for regular updates at https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/masjid-attacks-coronial-process/

I’m pleased to confirm the legal support that is available to the families of the Shaheed. Joshua Shaw, Hanne Janes, Anne Toohey, Nigel Hampton QC and Katherine Dalziel will be able to help you understand the coronial process, my role and jurisdiction as the Chief Coroner, and provide you with legal representation.

If you are not a family member of the Shaheed but would like to access this support, please get in touch with the Office of the Chief Coroner by calling (09) 916 9151 or emailing us at coronial.response@justice.govt.nz. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about the lawyers, please see the legal support page on this website: https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/masjid-attacks-coronial-process/legal-support/ or call (09) 916 9151.

Victims (or parents of a victim) of gunshot wounds have recently been invited to register as interested parties – a group that will receive formal updates if any significant matters arise during the coronial investigation. Interested parties will be able to request information from me and if an inquest hearing is planned later in the process, they may also have the chance to be involved.

Anyone with needs greater than or different to a member of the general public can also register as an interested party. Information about the application process and recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found on this website: https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/masjid-attacks-coronial-process/interested-parties/. I recommend anyone wanting to register as an interested party should do so now.

Earlier this month, I announced my upcoming retirement from the role of Chief Coroner. For some time now, I have been considering retirement, and now I think it’s time to move on. You will soon be advised who will be taking over the investigation. In the meantime, I will continue in the role.

I want to extend my gratitude to the communities that I had the opportunity of engaging during the coronial process. It has been a valuable experience to hear from people affected by the masjid attacks and I look forward to continuing our discussions over the coming months.

For further information, please see the coronial web pages: https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/masjid-attacks-coronial-process/, call (09) 916 9151 or email us at coronial.response@justice.govt.nz

Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei, kia ora.

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