An 800-page report from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attacks of March 15 2019 will be tabled in Parliament today.
“When we announced the terms of reference for the inquiry, the intent was very clear – we wanted to ensure that if there were any failings by Government agencies; if there was anything that could have been done to prevent the attacks; that we identified them and that we learnt from them,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
“This is an 800-page report. It is comprehensive but also, for many, it will be very difficult, because by its very nature it revisits the events of that day and what happened leading up to it. I just want to acknowledge that, therefore, it will be a difficult few weeks for many.”
Cabinet is expected to release some initial responses to the inquiry’s findings and recommendations this afternoon.
“But, as you can appreciate, it won’t be a report to everything in its entirety,” said Ms Ardern.
“Some of the recommendations will take a longer period of time for us to develop a response to.”