Polynesian Panther Dr. Melani Anae Appointed to Inquiry Into Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques

The Government has appointed four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques.

Dr. Melani Anae, a senior research fellow from Auckland University and Polynesian Panther, has been appointed alongside Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, and Katherine Dedo to a group made up of 32 members from across the country including affected families, survivors, witnesses, communities, civil society, local government, and the private sector.

Lead Coordination Minister for the Government’s response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch mosques, Andrew Little says, “at the heart of this group is a commitment to honouring diversity of experience, and an acknowledgement of the strength that this collective diversity brings.”

“The appointment of these four additional members will augment this strength, by offering a broader pool of perspectives and experience,” adds Minister Little.

The Group was established in response to recommendation 44 of the Royal Commission of Inquiry report: to establish an Implementation Oversight Advisory Group. A draft Terms of Reference has been written and will be finalised by the end of the year.