NZ Jewish leader appointed to advisory group dealing aftermath of the 2019 double mosque massacres

June 13, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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President of the New Zealand Jewish Council Stephen Goodman has been appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques.

Stephen Goodman

“Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the Ministerial Advisory Group,” Lead Coordination Minister for the Government Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry Andrew Little said.

“I’m pleased with the broad range of skills and experience members will bring to the group, encompassing leadership, collaboration and advocacy.

“The membership includes affected whānau, survivors and witnesses, representative communities, civil society, local government and the private sector.

“We want to ensure we have representation from all our diverse communities and will be talking to Pacific, rainbow, disability and rural communities for potential candidates to join the group,” Andrew Little said.

The group is being established in response to recommendation 44 of the Royal Commission of Inquiry report: Establish an Implementation Oversight Advisory Group.

The Ministerial Advisory Group will play a key role in providing independent advice to the Government on the way it implements the commission’s recommendations.

“I’m looking forward to working with the group as we respond to the recommendations of the Royal Commission and make New Zealand a safer, more inclusive country for everyone,” Andrew Little added.

Stephen Goodman told J-Wire: “Following the tragedy of the terrorist attack against the mosques on 15 March 2019, the Royal Commission of Inquiry has tabled an 800-page report with 44 recommendations.
While this attack was against the Muslim community it could equally have been against Jews. The police and security services have acknowledged that the Jewish community is at greater risk than any other in New Zealand.
While not formally a representative of the Jewish Community I am well aware of the issues facing Jews in New Zealand.
I am committed to making sure that these are addressed and fairly considered.
Working with the lead Minister, Andrew Little, the implementation of the recommendations have a once in a generation opportunity to make a societal change; To make New Zealand a place where, all can live without fear of threats, abuse or ridicule.
The advisory group is diverse reflecting the diversity in New Zealand. I know some of the other people in the group, know of many others and am sure to get to know them all better during this process.”

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