Support for Christchurch mosque attack victims

Were you directly affected by the March 15 attacks on the mosques in Christchurch?

If you were injured or lost a family member, help is available to support you during this difficult time.

Helping meet your needs

For those who were injured or lost a loved one, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has a dedicated service to help you and your family with any of your needs.

A special team of case managers in Christchurch work directly with each family to provide help and support.

We understand that it can be difficult to engage with many people from different agencies. The MSD service ensures there is one case manager from one government agency working with each family to coordinate their support.

The service is free and provides a single point of contact for everything.

Your MSD case manager is available to provide any help you need, and can:

  • Go to meetings with you
  • Work with Immigration NZ and other government agencies
  • Help you arrange doctor visits
  • Offer assistance with transport and other everyday needs.
Victim Support

Someone from Victim Support may already be helping you. They play an important role and will continue to support you, particularly through any court process.

You are welcome to bring a Victim Support person, or any other support person, with you when you meet with your MSD case manager. If you are not confident speaking English, your MSD manager can arrange for an interpreter.

Financial support

From 9 June 2019, Work and Income NZ (WINZ) is making financial help available to more of the people affected by the mosques attack.

If you can't earn enough income to pay for the things you and your family need, and you're affected by the attack, view the Financial support: Christchurch mosques attack [PDF] document for further information about how WINZ may be able to help.

Immigration & visas

Need help with your immigration status, or with getting a visa for you or a family member?

Immigration New Zealand

Other support

Grief and loss