8 Dec 2020

PM, NZSIS, Police apologise for failings leading to terror attacks

From Checkpoint, 5:05 pm on 8 December 2020

The first apology came from the Prime Minister, then the head of the intelligence agencies.. and the police for their failings in the lead up to the Christchurch terror attacks.

A Royal Commission has found the police didn't vet the gunman properly for a firearms licence and our intelligence community was focused in the wrong direction when assessing threats.

But despite that, the report has found even if they were at the top of their game, they don't believe the gunman would have been stopped.. and it would have been only by chance, that the attack could have been foiled.

RNZ political editor Jane Patterson filed this report.