Editor's note

Kia ora koutou! As The Conversation’s only New Zealand-based editor, for the past two years I’ve brought you coverage of important issues facing the country, ground-breaking research and a collection of other evidence-based pieces. Last week, my job was turned upside down when 50 people were killed in a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch. In an article published the day after the attack, Massey University’s John Battersby said during his career as a New Zealand terrorism expert, his phone almost never rang because few people were interested in anything he had to say. In recent days it hasn’t stopped.

Battersby’s piece examined why changes to gun and terrorism laws alone won’t be enough to stop terrorist attacks. Stephen Croucher, a New Zealand immigrant and professor in journalism and communications, wrote about how we can keep fear and hatred in check. Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley explained why New Zealand was naive in thinking that right-wing extremism was not an issue here. And security expert Joe Burton listed four lessons from the attack. All New Zealand authors are experts in their fields and their articles have helped make sense of the unfathomable, without alarmist claims or scare tactics.

Today, we’ve launched a new page filled exclusively with our New Zealand articles, so you can find this country’s news and research in one place. Please spread the word among New Zealand friends and colleagues and encourage them to sign up for our special newsletter.

Veronika Meduna

New Zealand Editor

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Protesters assembled at a Reclaim Australia rally in Sydney in 2017. Paul Miller/AAP

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Population Minister Alan Tudge outlining the benefits of a targeted immigration program at a parliament house press conference on Wednesday. ANDREW TAYLOR/AAP

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