Nine To Noon for Monday 18 March 2019
09:05 The nation mourns
The first funerals are taking place today as bodies of the 50 people killed on Friday are starting to be returned to their families. In accordance with Muslim tradition burial should take place within 24 hours of death. Kathryn talks with Raf Manji, Christchurch City Councillor.
09:15 Islamic Women's Council : we told them about the vitriol
Anjum Rahman is spokesperson at Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand. She says her group has repeatedly warned intelligence agencies about the rise in anti-Islam sentiment and the rise of the alt right.
09:35 Gun laws to change
Cabinet ministers will be given an initial briefing today on what changes should be made to the country's gun laws. Philip Alpers is founding director of www.GunPolicy.org, a global project of the Sydney School of Public Health, which compares armed violence, firearm injury prevention and gun law across 350 jurisdictions world-wide. Kathryn also talks with Nicole McKee of the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners.
10:05 Global intelligence sharing on domestic terrorism threats
The 5 Eyes network sees New Zealand and Allies sharing intelligence about Trans-National terrorist groups, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, but no arrangement exists for domestic terrorists. Kathryn discusses with Nicholas Rasmussen. He is the former Director of the National Counterterrorism Centre in America. Currently is is the Senior Director for National Security and Counterterrorism programmes at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington DC.
10.15 Canterbury Charity Hospital offers free counselling
The Canterbury Charity Hospital will open its doors from this week to provide free counselling sessions for locals in need of support following Friday's terrorist attack. Charity Hospital co-founder Professor Phil Bagshaw.
10.20 Military Pride: RNZDF Squadron Leader Stu Pearce
Friday's dreadful events in Christchurch, has led to the postponement of a number of events around the country over the weekend, as an act of respect, and to enable police to focus on priorities. The Wellington international pride parade was one of the events put off. Squadron Leader Stu Pearce is one of the founders of the Defence Force's OverWatch group and the Royal New Zealand Air Force's first openly gay maintenance flight commander on an operational squadron. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about LGBT+ inclusion in a traditionally conservative world.
10.32 Inquiries into any links between Europe and Christchurch suspect
As details continue to emerge about the suspect in the Christchurch terrorism attack, our Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney says European nations are investigating any possible links the accused had with far-right extremists or groups in Europe. Also, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May looks set to attempt third vote on her Brexit deal.
10.48 The NZ Refugee Council
The President of the Refugee Council, Dr Arif Saeid has arrived in Christchurch to support families of those slain.
10.55 Christchurch student vigil planned
Cashmere High has been hard hit - with six people associated with the school either killed or injured in Friday's attack. Head boy Okirano Tilaia is organising a vigil for students at the Deans Avenue mosque this afternoon at four o'clock.
11.05 Condolence book open for signing at Parliament
Our political reporter Craig McCulloch reports from the Beehive where the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy have just opened and signed a national condolence book at Parliament's Grand Hall.
11:10 Political commentators Mills & Sherson, cross party co-operation in massacre aftermath
Stephen Mills and Trish Sherson talk to Kathryn Ryan about what may come out of Cabinet today in the wake of the devastation of the two Christchurch mosque shootings. The country's gun laws and intelligence agencies are under Intense scrutiny.
Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary.
11.30 The global rise of white supremacist groups
The horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch on Friday has sparked many questions about the rise of white supremacy around the world. Levi West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. He has been monitoring the rise globally of white nationalist extremists and how their messages of hate have proliferated over the last few years.
11:45 How Immigration and Diversity have Made our Cities Better
Bill McKay was in Auckland's multi-cultural suburb of Sandringham when heard about the Christchurch killings. He reflects on how 20 years ago he''d have bought a pie from a dairy there, but now a stretch of Sandringham Road is a well patronised vibrant precinct of mostly Indian/Pakistani shops, restaurants, and spice warehouses.
Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland