Please direct any media enquiries to the Ministry of Justice Media Team at email@example.com.
- General information for media in the Coroners Court
- Coroners speaking to the media
- Guidance for reporting on the masjid attacks
- Press releases
The media can watch and report on most court and tribunal hearings in Aotearoa New Zealand, including in the Coroners Court. This is part of New Zealand having an open and transparent justice system.
The Coroners Court has its own media application form:
Coronial Services is committed to a professional and positive relationship with the news and print media because we appreciate the role they play in increasing the understanding of the work of the coroners, and in educating the public on the lessons learned from individual deaths that arise from coroners’ findings and recommendations.
News and print media are welcome to attend hearings that are part of the inquiry and can expect to receive notification of upcoming inquests and should have findings released to them when available.
However, there will sometimes be restrictions on coverage in court depending on the case and applications, which the coroner will announce at the start of the inquiry.
Like other judicial officers, coroners don't usually speak to media about the individual cases they manage or the findings they issue.
The Mental Health Foundation has published helpful guidance to support media when reporting in relation to the masjid attacks:
- 5 May 2022 — Statement from Coroner Brigitte Windley on scope decision in the Christchurch masjidan attack coronial inquiry [PDF, 162 KB]
- 3 December 2021 — Advisory on rescheduled scope hearing for masjid attacks inquiry [PDF, 152 KB]
- 23 November 2021 — Scope hearing rescheduled in Christchurch masjid attacks coronial inquiry [PDF, 130 KB]
- 28 October 2021 — Proposed scope of masjid attacks inquiry set out in Minute [PDF, 142 KB]
- 21 October 2021 — Chief Coroner opens inquiry into Christchurch masjid attacks [PDF, 142 KB]
- 13 July 2021 — Chief Coroner announces deadline for submissions in coronial process [PDF, 138 KB]