Residents pay their respects for the victims of the mosque attack in Christchurch. Photo: Xinhua
William Han
Opinion

Opinion

William Han

Christchurch shooting: racism in New Zealand isn’t new and in the era of Donald Trump, what public figures say about race matters

  • Mass killing in the service of extremist politics is new to New Zealand, but virulently racist ideas are not some sudden import from a nefarious global movement
  • The seeds of such ideas were planted long ago in both New Zealand and Australia – by us.

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Residents pay their respects for the victims of the mosque attack in Christchurch. Photo: Xinhua
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) with members of the Muslim community in Christchurch. Photo: EPA-EFE
Paul Spoonley
Opinion

Opinion

Paul Spoonley

New Zealand mass shooting: is any country safe from terrorism?

  • Has social media, populist politics and xenophobia created a community of extremists like Christchurch massacre gunman? Paul Spoonley believes so

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) with members of the Muslim community in Christchurch. Photo: EPA-EFE
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