In a fantastic report David Williams has summarised the Royal Commissions writing about the gunman. It finishes with this statement:
…he committed cowardly mass murder, slaughtering unarmed and defenceless people, including a three-year-old, who were praying. He maimed, wounded and crippled many others. Essentially, it was an attack on New Zealand’s way of life, based on warped beliefs rooted in religious and ethnic hatred and hostility.
Everything possible must be done to shine a light on individuals who share such beliefs, to ensure such a horrific crime doesn’t happen again.
One part of the Royal Commission’s report which was really concerning was this question and answer:
Are the whānau of the shuhada, survivors and witnesses being looked after adequately?
No. Some initial support “has been either not offered or scaled back”, or “significantly diminished”, the report says. “Services are provided in a light-touch way with less face-to-face engagement.” That included a lack of interpreters, despite more than 50 countries being represented at the two Christchurch mosques. Experiences with government agencies in the months since the attacks “have been for many a concerted process of re-traumatisation”, since it has perpetuated the survivors’ “inability to recover”.
Basically, the report was saying Government agency support often failed the victims.