Is New Zealand’s civilised response to the Christchurch massacre just down to good stewardship, or is there something else going on
To the rest of the world, New Zealand’s reaction to the Christchurch massacre has been extraordinary. The killing of 50 people at Friday prayers in two mosques by a white, rightwing Australian has united, rather than divided, this small country and galvanised a parliament that has been prevaricating on gun reform for 30 years into action.
Much of that response has been down to the leadership of Jacinda Ardern. But even there, the public reception has been remarkable.