PM on two years since mosque attacks, ACC support for victims

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Mar 2021, 1:44PM
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses the issue of gun violence two years after the Christchurch terror attacks. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses the issue of gun violence two years after the Christchurch terror attacks. Photo / Jason Oxenham

PM on two years since mosque attacks, ACC support for victims

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Mar 2021, 1:44PM

Jacinda Ardern says the Government's taken a tailored approach to supporting those traumatised by the March 15 attack.

It's two years today since 51 people were gunned down and another 40 injured, at two Christchurch mosques.

Some witnesses who weren't injured are crying out for counselling and support.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the debate about whether ACC should cover mental injury - but she told Chris Lynch a change in this case would have wider ramifications for the system.

"What we as a Cabinet decided to do was open up eligibility in other places to be able to support people that might fall into that category." 

Ardern also wants to take the Christchurch Call further - which saw Governments and tech companies pledged to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

She says she wants more transparency around algorithms that automatically choose videos for people to watch.

"What do we do to try and prevent people from going into this space of these really hateful ideologies, so that's where I think we need to go next." 

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