People supporting the coronial process

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This page tells you who's involved in working on the coronial process.

The coronial inquiry into the masjid attacks was opened by the Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall. With the Chief Coroner’s upcoming retirement, Coroner Windley has now taken over the inquiry.

Coroner Brigitte Windley

Coroner Brigitte Windley was appointed as a coroner in 2015 and spent her first year in Dunedin before returning to Wellington.

Coroner Windley became a lawyer in 1995 and went on to gain a Master of Laws (International Law and Politics) (Hons) in 2010.

Coroner Windley has held a variety of legal and investigative roles in her career in both government and private legal practice sectors, in New Zealand and overseas. She is a highly experienced coroner and has undertaken a number of complex inquiries and made recommendations involving a range of issues and interested parties.

Dr John Hick


Dr Hick is a medical expert supporting the Coroner. Dr Hick is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota and a faculty emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare in the United States of America. Since 1998, Dr Hick has been involved in improving medical responses to terrorist attacks, mass shootings and other disasters.  Over the past 20 years, he has worked with the military, government agencies, law enforcement, and emergency medical services. For additional information on Dr Hick, you can read a short biography here. [PDF, 72 KB] 

Dr Hick has prepared a report on the medical response to the masjid attacks. This report is only available for interested parties or with approval from the Coroner.

Haamid Ben Fayed, Specialist Advisor

Haamid is a specialist advisor supporting the masjid attacks coronial process. He also worked in the same role during the prosecution and sentencing process of the mosque shooter.

Haamid works as an Imam and a lawyer. He lives in Auckland but works from Christchurch a few days each week.

Haamid is available as a first point of contact for the shuhada families or interested parties who need support navigating the coronial process and engaging with Coronial Services. He can speak to you on the phone or meet in person.

Contact Haamid: