New Zealand’s Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was held 1-2 November 2022.
“The goal of this second Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Hui is to pursue a safer New Zealand, with a focus on prevention. And that takes all of us”. With these words the Prime Minister, stressed the call for the community to play a role in preventing extremism and keeping the country safe. (Full speech)
Following the Hui, Mervin Singham, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Ethnic Communities, recorded an interview with Rebecca Kitteridge, Director-General of Security, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS).
The purpose of the interview was to unpack some myths and facts about the NZSIS and explore critical national security issues in Aotearoa following the 15 March 2019 terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
For the full 21-min interview click: Mervin Singham interviews Rebecca Kitteridge, NZSIS
To watch the different parts of the interview click on the links below:
Myths v Reality and the National security system (3:38 min)
The community has a role to play in prevention (4:24 min)
Counter Terrorism and Foreign Interference (3:11 min)
Online expressions of hatred (2:54 min)
RDC Trustees, Selva Ramasami and Professor Paul Morris attended the Hui. The Religious Diversity Centre plays a vital role in preventing terrorism and extremism. The RDC inter-active workshops and on-line resources counter ignorance and misunderstanding of one another’s religious backgrounds. Relationships of acceptance and respect for ‘the other’ are made possible. A cohesive and inclusive society has little room for terrorists and extremists.