People supporting the coronial process

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.

This page profiles key people working on the coronial 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 has conducted a number of complex inquiries involving recommendations covering a range of issues and Interested Parties.

Alysha McClintock

Alysha McClintock is counsel appointed to assist Coroner Windley with the Christchurch masjidain attack coronial inquiry. A lawyer since 1999, Alysha has worked on a wide range of cases throughout her career, in Wellington, Auckland and the United Kingdom.  Her work has included prosecuting high-profile violence and sexual violence cases. She also advises on a wide range of legal issues in her regulatory enforcement practice.

Alysha is assisted by her associate, Danielle Houghton.

David Boldt

David Boldt is counsel appointed to assist Coroner Windley with the Christchurch masjidain attack coronial inquiry. David is a Wellington barrister who is regularly engaged as counsel to assist Coroners and has particular expertise in cases that involve criminal offending with an extensive background in criminal and public law.  David also appears for both the prosecution and the defence in criminal cases and is a particularly experienced appeal lawyer, having led more than 400 criminal and civil cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court over nearly 30 years.

Haamid Ben Fayed, Specialist Advisor

Haamid is a specialist advisor supporting the masjidain attack coronial inquiry. He worked in the same role during the prosecution and sentencing process.

Haamid works as an Imam and a lawyer. He lives in Auckland but regularly works in Christchurch.

Haamid is available as a first point of contact for the families of the deceased 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.

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Coronial staff supporting the Coroner

The Coroner also has support from Ministry of Justice Coronial Services staff including Legal and Research Counsel and Case Managers. 

You can contact the Case Managers by phoning 0800 88 88 20.

Victim Support is available to provide support to families of the deceased and victims

Victim Support is available to assist families through the coronial inquiry process. You can find out more about Victim Support at https://victimsupport.org.nz/(external link)