The nearly 800-page report is the result of an extensive inquiry into the March 2019 mosque attacks in which 51 people were killed
Stuff.NZ has laid out some more of the precautions taken – and suppression rulings made – by the commission:
The commission had to take care its processes or report could not be used for unlawful activities or damage the public interest. It made a series of suppression rulings including suppressing the names of police staff involved in granting the Australian national a firearms licence and the two people who vouched for the terrorist.
An interview with the terrorist was also permanently suppressed because of a concern it would be used by others to plan attacks and further spread the terrorist’s views. Evidence and documents provided by government agencies were kept secret for similar reasons.
The Royal Commission includes swathes of information previously classified as top secret, and material gathered from hundreds of interviews – including with the terrorist, ministers past and present, public service agency heads and affected communities.
Many interviews, including with Ms Ardern, are subject to 30-year suppressions.