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Sentencing decision

Brenton Harrison Tarrant was sentenced at the High Court at Christchurch, New Zealand at a hearing which ran from Monday 24 August 2020 to Thursday 27 August 2020.

The sentencing notes of the presiding Judge, Mander J, are publicly available on the Courts of New Zealand website. For more information, see: 

Sentencing notes: Judge Mander J(external link)

General information about the sentencing is available on the Courts of New Zealand website at:

Information for media: R v Tarrant(external link)

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Royal Commission of Inquiry report

A Royal Commission was established to investigate whether public sector agencies had done all they could to protect the people of New Zealand from terrorist attacks and whether more could be done.

The Royal Commission published the findings of its investigation in a report presented to the Governor-General on 26 November 2020. The report is available to read on the Royal Commission’s website at:

Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques: The Report(external link)

General information about the Royal Commission of Inquiry is available on its website at:

Christchurch Attack: Royal Commission(external link)

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Evidential overviews

WARNING: Evidential Overview reports contain details about a terror attack that some readers may find disturbing or upsetting. Some material may not be suitable for younger audiences and adult supervision is recommended.

Please consider your own and the wellbeing of those with you if you're reading these reports. If you're feeling upset or distressed, do reach out for support. You'll find wellbeing support information on the Wellbeing support page.

During their criminal investigation into the masjid attacks, the Police gathered information about the circumstances of the deaths. Some of that information was talked about and shared in court at the sentencing. The Police have prepared two overview reports, called Evidential Overviews:

  • General Evidential Overview report. This document sets out the key points from the Police investigation. It includes a timeline of events and describes how the Police and Ambulance services responded. This document is available to all interested people and can be downloaded from the Ministry of Justice website at:

      Evidential overview for Christchurch masjid attacks(external link)

  • Victim Evidential Overview report. There is a different Victim Evidential Overview report prepared for each of the Shaheed. Each Victim Evidential Overview report is only given to the families of that person – it won't be given to anyone else.

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Press releases

For related press releases, please see the Press releases section on the For Media page.