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  1. GreenBus 1

    Countdown to take knives and scissors off their shelves as a reaction to Lynmall incident.

    Just imagine the weapons to be found in a hardware store. Slashers, pitch forks etc and the list would be endless, taken across all trades and services. If NZ is not immune from terrorism then maybe it's time to lock down all dangerous items, like cigarettes and spray paint?? haha. H & S might blow a fuse with all the work going forward.

    • McFlock 1.1

      It's probably more about helping their staff and customers feel safe, rather than actual OSH.

      Leave it a while. Not many people going into mitre10 right now, anyway.

      • Tricledrown 1.1.1

        More 10 visitors more likely to be big strong builders cowardly attackers wouldn't last long .Besides building stores are not usually in city centres.

        • Forget now

          Why should it matter if building stores are in city centres or not? I guess tradies and farmers are more likely to have knives on them as a matter of course, but such a work tool (especially if folding & unlockable!) isn't really much of a weapon. "Big strong builders" are certainly not the only customers at hardware stores, and who can say for certain how they would react in a moment of crisis if not trained for it (and even then without warning)?

          I don't think I would call the Lynn Mall Terrorist cowardly; deranged – sure, but it has to take some level of courage to perpetrate such attacks with a melee weapon rather than a firearm, vehicle, or explosive. He had to know that his options afterwards were likely; death, deportation, or prison.

          Saw this on RNZ earlier and still have the tab open:

          Tomlinson, a paramedic of 10 years… said there were three or four of them "yelling at him and giving him instruction to drop the knife".

          Them being involved was quite impressive, he said.

          "I've had years of emergency training to deal with emergency situations, but for those people they didn't have that.

        • GreenBus

          Mega10 in my hometown is at a mall, next to Countdown, Harvey Normans and many more. Everytime I shop Mega10 there's 200-300 people in there. The Cafe and Garden centre full of woman and children. Builders all outside in the drivethru. It would be hideous if an attack was to happen. How many tradies are black belt in self defence, not many I'd think the rest would take cover. I hope this doesn't become a new normal terrorist attack, nearly impossible to stop.

    • Ross 1.2

      You are right, Greenbus.

      It is little more than virtue signalling, especially when you see the plethora of glass bottles in supermarkets. Of course if police were aware that their subject had an obsession with knives, they might have reasonably been expected to be stationed in the relevant aisle.

      • McFlock 1.2.1

        Captain hindsight strikes again: your "reasonably expected" is a bunch of BS before the fact.

        As for the term "virtue signalling", maybe you could try getting your head around the fact that a lot of people get weirded out in similar places after something like this.

        Is that feeling rational? Nope.

        Is it normal? Yep.

        Do staff like working in places where everyone instinctively keeps an uncoscious eye on who is loitering near the kitchen utensils? Nope.

        Do customers do the same? Yep.

        And if basic human consideration isn't a motive for you, do businesses like to see their customers happy so they come in and buy stuff rather than going somewhere else? Most definitely.

        So sure, mock companies showing a bit of awareness about normal human reactions. Says more about you than them.

        • Ross

          You mentioned the Lindt cafe terrorist attack.

          Police were criticised for their lack of urgent action. They inadvertently killed one of the hostages. The terrorist, like ours, was on bail at the time of the attack. It is very sad when history repeats itself.

          An urgent inquiry is needed here to ensure whatever mistakes might have been made are not repeated in the future.

          • McFlock

            Not urgent.

            Careful, methodical, and precise.

            Like the coronial inquiry you linked to, released ~2.5 years after the attack.

            Guess what – we'll have a coroner's inquest, too. And multiple other reviews. You're calling for action that has already, in some instances, begun.

  2. Anne 2

    As someone who has scant knowledge of these matters, it does seem to me that NZ places too much emphasis on the punishment side of criminal activity and not nearly enough on the rehabilitation of the individuals concerned. Many of them are profoundly damaged mentally due to their upbringing and/or past experiences. According to this expert the terrorist was one of them:

    Very sad. I wonder how many of these people, if properly treated, would go on to lead useful lives.

    • Ad 2.1

      New Zealand peaked at 10,600 in 2018 and are down this year to 8,600.

      I do think you point to a really hard question:

      When every applicable part of the intelligence, immigration, Police, judiciary, and policy settings have been used on one person and they still get to commit a terror attack, what more must the state do to stop them?

      Since they forecast annual death and injury from COVID as worth decreasing everyone's human rights for, then they can do it with terrorism as well.

      It's like: we're getting ready for nationwide permanent Level 2 for public health. What about Security Level 2?

      • McFlock 2.1.1

        Not sure the parallel goes through, there.

        Couple of reasons, one because it's pointless in practise and the other because it's significantly more complex theoretically.

        The yanks, and other nations, have tried "alert levels" ever since 2001. Fucking useless. Yanks ditched their colour-coding system in 2011. Most people have no idea what they were supposed to do in a "high" level as opposed to "elevated", let alone "guarded" vs "low".

        From a theoretical level, we know that if person A has a communicable virus, close contacts are all in significant danger and need to be tested.

        But if person B has a tendency towards violence in Dunedin, the next similar attack can happen in Auckland, by person Q. And nobody has a pcr-level test for individual actions, do they? Otherwise economists would all be in agreement, and correct.

        Viruses have a given probability of infection, hospitalisation, and death. We can make estimates based on those probabilities.

        The Rand corporation tried that sort of modelling for violence in the 60s, and people periodically try ever since, but it doesn't work because individuals have so much variation. The assumption-based errors are a mile wide. Every prediction with a reasonable assumption spread would point to a likelihood that includes "no problems" and "human extinction".

        • Forget now

          Speaking of people with "a tendency towards violence in Dunedin", the person (allegedly) responsible for the Dunedin Central Countdown attacks was reported on in the ODT at 9:32am on the morning of the 3rd of September. Found myself wondering if the news had made it up to Auckland radio (or whatever internet the terrorist was allowed – which I understand was subject to conditions), before he set out to Lynn Mall Countdown. There may not be a connection (difficult to ask him now), but that's a fair coincidence!

          The case for the man who allegedly stabbed four people in a Dunedin supermarket has stalled as the court awaits a psychological report…

          Crown prosecutor Richard Smith told the court today that the clinician assessing the defendant needed more time to complete their report.

          Justice Robert Osborne remanded the man in custody until November.

          The issue of name suppression, Mr Smith said, would likely be determined by the contents of the report.

          • McFlock

            People (especially terrorists) love to think of terrorists as criminal masterminds, intricately planning bold masterstrokes to hold the world in fear.

            And fair enough there was a bit of that before governments started targeting coordinators and engineers (rather than the disgruntled teens with two hand grenades and a dream). And, like plugging leaks in a roof, security started getting more professional at spotting vulnerabilities before terrorists could exploit them.

            These days, most "terrorists" seem to be, well, sad dicks or sadly disturbed/foolish individuals, generally working with badly-written crap they collected off the internet, and with a lot of personal shit going on in their lives.

            People like the coffee-bar hostage taker in Aus, who wanted the cops to get him an ISIS banner because he brought the wrong one, and was up for serious non-political charges at the same time, too.

            Sad characters, many of them.

      • AB 2.1.2

        "Since they forecast annual death and injury from COVID as worth decreasing everyone's human rights for, then they can do it with terrorism as well"

        Yeah – though there may be a hierarchy of human rights at play here. The COVID crisis involves restricting freedom of movement (arguably a lesser right) to maximise right to life (arguably a greater one). Crudely stated – there's a net increase in rights that comes out of this calculation and trade off. Whereas stopping terrorism may require going into darker territory, such as taking people out of circulation because of their opinions in order to stop a statistically insignificant amount of harm (compared to a pandemic at least). And that I feel just makes getting the right balance a whole lot harder.

        • Ad

          Each policy instrument applied on both entails pretty significant losses of rights, and there's no time like the whole of the population losing a set of rights to start a reasonable debate about whether state control mechanisms are really working.

          We've managed not to get too dark after the Christchurch mosque massacre. IMHO we are the more mature for it.

          But this current guy should never have been in the country. He have been deported years ago for getting here on fraudulent documents. Why they weren't able to have the Deportation hearing is beyond me.

    • Gezza 2.2

      From what I've seen over the years, Corrections is hopelessly underfunded, our prisons are full of people who're recalcitrant gang members, some of whom are violent thugs virtually running some units & sometimes even dictating terms to warders, recruitment centres for gang membership & training centres for anti-social & criminal activities.

      With chronically insufficient money or other resources for in-house education, psychiatric and psychological services for damaged individuals and mentally ill inmates or criminally insane psychopaths – like Bell & Burton appear to be.

      Attempts to divert young offenders may not actually be working that well. Last year I read in Stuff somewhere that remand prisoners were clogging up the prisons again. Dunno how the numbers are. Courts seem clogged too.

      Our mental health services are seemingly woefully under-resourced.

      I'm trying to do a bit of reading up on Islamic de-radicalisation programmes, most seem to involve extremists in custody being taught that Islam is now a peaceful religion by non-radical, orthodox Imams. Not read that much so far. But from google hits headlines they seem to be a bit hit & miss. There's been at least one notable failure in the UK, where someone actually attending such a programme after his release went on a stabbing rampage.

      Problem is Islam's a mixture of a multi-faceted religion, ideology & Islamic (Sharia) law. The Quran is pretty muddled in places. Hadiths & Sunnah also complicate what's taught. Open to multiple fatwa interpretations. Taliban, Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Sunni, Shiite, Sufi, Wahhabi, Salafists etc – all can claim they've got the right interpretation.

      Hard to shift some people's minds if they're fixated or fanatical & not naturally empathic or they've got narcissistic or psychopathic/sociopathic personalities. One criticism of the UK's programmes was that an evaluation claimed some of these radicals will tell you what you want to hear but remain dangerous.

      I expect some White Supremacists are the same.

  3. Reality 3

    Just wondering why the attacker was absolutely determined to challenge his deportation while showing such hatred for the western society he lived in here. Would it have been better for him to be back in Sri Lanka where he had family. Did he ever have a working life, friends, mosque contacts? Was he ever a student, apart from apparently initially getting here on a student visa. Nothing has come out about how he spent his time here, apart from time in prison and the various legal/immigration complications going on for many years.

    • Gosman 3.1

      I agree completely. His rationale for claiming refugee status was that his father was a government official that ran afoul of a local Tamil Tiger commander. However the Tamil Tigers were defetaed as an effective military force by 2009 and his father did not flee Sri Lanka like his son. He would have had much more support at home and should NEVER have been granted refugee status at all.

      • Tricledrown 3.1.1

        Which govt was in power when he was granted refugee status.Judith Collins was justice minister at the time and ditched reforming the laws around extradition dangerous migrants saying there was no need for such legislation now she is saying we need urgent reform of extradition.The Clark govt so called overstretch of terror laws in the early 2000's ,yet those some of those were found using and training with ak47 style guns.better to be safe than sorry.

        • Gosman

          You may well be right. I am no fan of Collins. However that does not excuse the inaction of the current government on this issue as well.

        • alwyn

          It's all Judith Collins' fault.

          It's all Judith Collins' fault.

          It's all Judith Collins' fault.

          It's all Judith Collins' fault.

          Now do you really have anything useful to contribute?

          [you obviously don’t have anything useful to contribute today, so take the rest of the day off – Incognito]

        • Craig Hall

          It was granted on appeal, rather than by Immigration NZ in this particular case – INZ wanted to decline it and have taken all legal steps since to deport him.

    • Tricledrown 3.2

      He lied on his application he had a hidden agenda .rehabilitating a fundamentalist good luck with that.

      The govt is supposed to be everything to every body with a meagre budget due to our very low tax rates.Prisons,Hospital's,education system etc all underfunded so how are we supposed to rehabilitate and have a proper mental health system ,train enough health worker and retain them. Only 8 new psychology training places for a country of 5 million successive govt's have relied on migrants from poorer countries to fill these positions as it is cheaper than training local people,who many go to wealthier countries.

      • Gosman 3.2.1

        Our tax burden as a percentage of our GDP is around the average for the OECD. It is certainly not at a very low level.

        • Drowsy M. Kram

          OECD average 33.8%; NZ 32.3%. So (slightly) below the average, and decreasing?

          Revenue Statistics 2020 – New Zealand [pdf]
          The OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics report found that the tax-to-GDP ratio in New Zealand decreased by 0.6 percentage points from 32.9% in 2018 to 32.3% in 2019. Between 2018 and 2019 the OECD average decreased from 33.9% to 33.8%.

          The bar graph at the bottom of the first page puts things in perspective, imho.

          NZ is the only OECD country that formally has no social security contributions.

        • aj

          is around the average for the OECD. It is certainly not at a very low level.

          That's a meaningless statistic. The tax take needs to be wherever it needs to be to provide optimum services to the public. That is the debate, not where we are compared to other countries.

          • Gosman

            It is not actually. There is a widely held view is that at some level the economic performance of the country starts to diminish once the overall tax burden reaches a certain percentage of the overall economy. Now you might not subscribe to this but a significant body of people do. That is why there is push back against a much higher tax burden than we have now.

        • Tricledrown

          Gosman we have had this argument before I proved you wrong you name the country I 'all prove you wrong .Start with Australia if you like Headline taxes are all the OECD is looking at.

          State taxes average 5•5% over and above federal base tax. Then Medicare 3% then self funding pensions 9%.State stamp duties and land taxes vary.

          That's over 12% higher than NZ

          France headline taxes average 33% but healthcare tax 8% pension tax over 9% and like much of europe you pay indemnity insurance as daughter and husband
          Live their and on slightly more than the average wage pay 66% tax.

          In the US taxes between state and federal the health insurance around 66 cents in the dollar.

    • Ross 3.3

      Just wondering why the attacker was absolutely determined to challenge his deportation while showing such hatred for the western society he lived in here.

      They are not mutually exclusive. He wanted to remain here possibly because he saw the opportunity to do most harm here.

    • Gabby 3.4

      I guess he hated the west so much that he preferred to stay on and attack it from inside.

  4. Reality 4

    It must have been into millions of dollars that was spent on this terrorist over many years through police, judiciary, justice system, lawyers, legal aid, possibly social welfare. I hope the proposed legislation will be water tight enough to prevent this type of utter waste of taxpayer money. There are too many other needs to be funded.

    • Robert Guyton 4.1

      Was his intention to create terror in the community, or was it to kill people he hated? Has this been made clear (can it be made clear?)

      • Gosman 4.1.1

        Surely the later would lead to the former?

        • Robert Guyton

          I suppose so, but what I'm wondering, semantically and logically, is whether the label "terrorist" can only be applied to someone who intentionally seeks or succeeds in creating terror in a population, by employing actions that create terror, as a method. If this person struck out with only the intention of killing, not hoping as well to inspire terror in the community, does the table fit?

          For clarity, I'm not trying to minimise anything, just wondering about labels.

          • Gosman

            Many organisations that were officially labelled terrorist by the governments they opposed were not in fact seeking to create terror in the wider population so if we used your definition that would seriously reduce who is officially defined as a Terrorist. I'm not stating that isn't necessarily a desirable outcome just that it needs to be taken in to account if the change in definition is adopted.

            • Robert Guyton

              Yes, I agree with your comment. Personally, I think the too-casual use of the lable "terrorist" exacerbates the fear felt by people in the wider society. Roblogic (below) describes the person as "the knife attacker" which would terrify readers and listeners far less, imo, than describing them as "the terrorist" and given that it should be beholden upon authorities to reduce the fear felt by the community, more care could be taken with applying these labels.

              • Gezza

                Interesting point.

                A common definition of terrorism is the "systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective."[2] However, unlike some other jurisdictions,[3] New Zealand has actually defined terrorism in an Act of Parliament

                The major piece of terrorist-related legislation in New Zealand is the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002.[4] The Act was introduced by the Government to strengthen its counter-terrorism powers, in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.[5] The Terrorism Suppression Act defines terrorism, in New Zealand or elsewhere, as an act that "is carried out for the purpose of advancing an ideological, political, or religious cause"[4]and with the following intention:

                1. to induce terror in a civilian population; or
                2. to unduly compel or to force a government or an international organisation to do or abstain from doing any act.

                And if it results in one or more of the following outcomes:[4]

                1. the death of, or other serious bodily injury to, one or more persons (other than a person carrying out the act):
                2. a serious risk to the health or safety of a population:
                3. destruction of, or serious damage to, property of great value or importance, or major economic loss, or major environmental damage, if likely to result in one or more outcomes specified in points 1, 2 and 4:
                4. serious interference with, or serious disruption to, an infrastructure facility, if likely to endanger human life:
                5. introduction or release of a disease-bearing organism, if likely to devastate the national economy of a country.

                Alternatively, instead of the listed outcomes, "it occurs in a situation of armed conflict and is, at the time and in the place that it occurs, in accordance with rules of international law applicable to the conflict".[4]


                I think the LynnMall stabber revelled in the panic & terror he plainly did cause. As did the mosque shooter.

                How would you define a terrorist?

          • Nic the NZer

            Terrorism is usually defined as the use of violence to influence politics or political leadership.

            I conciously noted this when when seeking entry to the UK and that the definition on the form was clearly something the UK govt was guilty of in Iraq. Of course the same can be said of certain NZ institutions like the SIS.

    • Craig Hall 4.2

      The main thing holding it up was appeals as far as I can tell. Maybe instead of throwing the whole thing out, fund the appellate tribunal better (delays have been an issue for years) and expedite the appeals in these instances?

  5. The knife attacker's family wrote a heartfelt letter to his Kiwi victims…

    LynnMall terrorist's family: 'We are heartbroken' | RNZ News

  6. Stephen D 6

    And not a moment too soon.

    I can forgive a good golfer most things, but not racism, misogyny, and stupidity.

  7. just started reading this book, written by TVNZ journo Jehan Casinader in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks. good stuff for mental health in these crazy lockdown days.

    This Is Not How It Ends: How Rewriting Your Story Can Save Your Life by Jehan Casinader (

    • weka 7.1

      Just started reading this. He's a compelling writer, but the first chapter is surprisingly intense for something written for seriously depressed or stressed people.

  8. Gezza 9

    Curious thing. I only discovered today this site has a policy apparently conforming (or similar) to Ardern's policy of not naming the Christchurch or LynnMall terrorist attackers – which I will respect, of course, if I want to post about these attackers here.

    My personal view on this is different tho. As soon as their names were publicly known & suppressions lifted, I've been perfectly content to use them. It makes life easier. And it doesn't make any practical difference to how they're portrayed.

    But … I'm 95% sure that with the Christchurch terrorist, once suppression was lifted, all our msm tv channels & Stuff & Herald continued for months to not publish or use his name.

    Ardern's applying the same policy to the LynnMall terrorist. Which is fair.

    But all the msm tv channels & online news outlets aren't. They all seem to be naming him. (Making it difficult to post some links.)

    Why the difference? Anybody got views?

    • roblogic 9.1

      no need to give twisted psychos (or their pathetic manifestos) a moment of fame

    • lprent 9.2

      Yawn… You are probably looking for a conspiracy when none exists. This is a volunteer site where volunteer moderators have limited time to moderate. In the case of the ChCh terrorist, the suppression lasted throughout his trial and may even be still in place. I don’t know because what the suppression orders are in place isn’t listed in a searchable form anywhere that I know of.

      Apply Occams razor and look for the simplest explanation rather than a complex or ideological conspiracy. Just assume lack of time.

      It is entirely possible that a moderation was plugged in when suppression is in effect and not changed afterwards. This makes it easier for time constrained moderators to ensure that suppression breaking comments are not added to our site – and allows us to not have to approve every comment – thereby slowing the debate. It also means that I don’t get to spend time in court because of some dickhead commentator.

      I did a brief look and didn’t see a moderation for Lynmall guy. But since I never bothered to find out his name, that isn’t conclusive.

      So live with that possible constraint. There is of course another alternate explanation. There is an automatic constraint based on the number of links in a comment. That is there to cause problems for spammers and astroturfers..

      You seem to be using quite a lot of links… ~11 in the last comment that I had to release – most of then appear to be copies from where ever you copied the text from. Could you constrain those down. And use the quote control when you use quotes so that others know what are your words, and what are those of others. Italics are less useful than a specific quote tool.

      • Gezza 9.2.1

        Sorry, I wasn't clear. I understand your site policy. It's fine. I've posted elsewhere where the names were able be used once suppressions lapsed.

        What I'm curious about is why the mainstream media seem to be applying a different rule. Naming this guy as soon as suppression was lifted. Name suppression was eventually lifted for the Christchurch shooter but media carried on not naming him for some time beyond that.

        PS: Yes, sorry – I’ve noticed my article excerpts have been a bit long, with double-ups. Will try to cut them back in future.

        • Andre

          There was an element of suspicion the Christchurch fuckwit was a glory-hound, in his own perverted demented way. Hence his live-streaming. Not using his name is a minor means of denying him the twisted recognition he craved.

          With our New Lynn fuckwit, there doesn't seem to be the same suggestion he was in it for personal gain. Unless maybe he thought there were 72 virgins waiting for him in the afterlife. In any case, he's dead now, whether his name gets used or not has no potential effect on him. Nor is using his name, or not, likely to be influential in whether others get inspired to copy-cat his repugnant actions.

          • Gezza

            That's an interesting point & makes sense. I see Newshub made a point out of naming the Chch shooter when others still weren't.

            Straight off the bat the news chiefs all agreed on one thing: we were going to keep naming the alleged gunman. The Prime Minister had said she wasn't going to name him and implored others to do the same; she didn't want him to gain the notoriety he sought. But the editors were of one mind: in covering his trial, we would name [redacted].

            Won't post the link cos it names him.

            Link for quote.

            [If you copy someone else’s words to this site, you have to either link, or provide a clear reference. If the URL contains a word that might be a problem for the site, let the mods deal with it. In this case, I added the link via a phrase instead of straight, as you can see. You can do this yourself if you use the comment editor, ask if you are not sure – weka]

      • weka 9.2.2

        LynnMall guy's name is in the Moderation list (down the bottom). Comment in back end.

        • Andre

          Let's see what happens when a non-mod tries to embed a link with a moderation list word in the URL. I'm pretty sure I tried it before, and the site said no. But maybe the latest comment editor will let it through.

          edit: comment editor still says no. But it lets me edit, which I don’t think happened last time.

          • weka

            Thanks, very helpful, I didn’t know that.

          • weka

            A work around would be to put links in a reply. Will have to wait for a mod to release but won’t hold up the comment.

            • Incognito

              Depends on the Mod, it seems. I also delete/moderate links that contain certain words; it doesn’t matter to me where exactly the words appear.

      • weka 9.2.3

        left a note for you in the back end about something else.

    • Incognito 9.3

      As soon as their names were publicly known & suppressions lifted, I've been perfectly content to use them. It makes life easier. And it doesn't make any practical difference to how they're portrayed.

      This site is not a (commercial) news site or part of MSM.

      It is also not about making your life easier by turning their names into household names.

      They don’t deserve name recognition or fame.

      It could stoke a competitive element with other deranged who would want to go down into the history books as the ‘greatest’. Nobody needs that.

      I’m sure you’ll find a way to say what you’d want to say without the need to name them.

  9. Dogma 10

    We don't like different opinions here do we? That's okay, it's been moderated to the point of irrelevancy. Perhaps the knitting circle of conformist views gather round the small kitchen table to share the echo chamber when alert levels permit.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    [Looks like we have a sockpuppet here!

    I just love it when banned commenters try to bypass their ban and then draw attention by preaching to us about moderation here and being an echo chamber. Such stupidity is rare and it never stops to amaze me.

    This sockpuppet is now banned permanently – Incognito]

  10. bour 11

    do we like difference of opinion on this site or do we moderate it to an echo chamber of irrelevance?

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • weka 11.1

      Read the site Policy and find out. I’ve changed your name to something not designed to wind people up. No point in starting out as a troll, is there.

    • Stuart Munro 11.2

      Much depends on whether the opinion is informed.

      Prejudices – vagrant opinions loitering without means of support – may attract rebuttal.

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