He Whenua Taurikura is an independent National Centre of Research Excellence hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.

He Whenua Taurikura translates to ‘a land at peace’. The Centre’s purpose is to contribute to an Aotearoa where everyone is safe in their diverse identities, by producing and coordinating research into countering and preventing terrorism and violent extremism, while promoting social cohesion. We are committed to research that contributes to social inclusion, which reflects the nation’s diversity and enhances community wellbeing.


The Centre was established in response to recommendation 14 of the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain. In June 2022, the Centre was launched at Parliament by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Hon Andrew Little, the Minister responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

With Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tikanga Māori at the heart of its operations, the Centre aims to strengthen partnerships between researchers, civil society and government to support participatory approaches to whakahōtaetae – preventing terrorism and violent extremism in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Centre will support research that helps to counter violent extremism with evidence-based, high-quality scholarly inquiry.


Call for Papers

Papers are invited for a special issue of the journal Crime, Media, Violence on the topic: Unraveling Violence, Gendered Extremism: Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives and Challenges.

The special issue aims to explore the ways in which gender is used to explain and narrate extremist violence such as terrorism and mass violence events like rampage killings. The issue will collect interdisciplinary perspectives on the intersections of violent extremism, cultural dynamics of history, space and politics, and power and legitimacy.

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Honouring March 15

A message from He Whenua Taurikura Board

He Whenua Taurikura remembers and honours the shuhada, survivors, witnesses and the families of the terrorist attack in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. On this fifth anniversary, our efforts to create he whenua taurikura, a land at peace, are more important than ever. Our purpose is to bring together research organisations and institutes, civil society organisations and government to research preventing and countering violent extremism, with a focus on understanding diversity and promoting social cohesion.

Quality research based on Aotearoa New Zealand experience is a key tool in preventing future events like March 15. We tautoko the sacrifice of the shuhada, survivors and their families to honour their memory through the work that we do and the benefit that this will bring to our society, now and in future generations.

Wellington Abrahamic Council statement

He Whenua Taurikura endorses the statement of the Wellington Abrahamic Council rejecting all forms of hate and bigotry. The Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims issued the statement in response to the crisis in Gaza.