R v Tarrant

Brenton Harrison Tarrant was sentenced at the High Court at Christchurch, New Zealand at a hearing which ran from Monday 24 August 2020 to Thursday 27 August 2020.

Sentencing notes

The sentencing notes of the presiding Judge, Mander J, are publicly available from the Ministry of Justice's Judicial Decisions Online database.

General information

The Court has published a guide to the sentencing in this matter (PDF, 198 KB).  It contains general information about the sentencing process in New Zealand along with a procedural guide for this specific hearing.

Information about reporting the New Zealand Senior Courts is also available (PDF, 242 KB).  This resource should be read in conjunction with the In-Court Media Guidelines 2016 (PDF, 413 KB).

Victims Information published information for the victims, families and those affected by the events of 15 March 2019 online.

In April 2021, judicial review proceedings were filed in relation to this matter.  The Ministry of Justice has published an information sheet on judicial review (PDF, 172 KB).  

Further assistance


Alix Chapman

Senior Judicial Communications Advisor 

Email: Alix.Chapman@courts.govt.nz

Phone: +64 27 286 0198

Liz Kennedy

Senior Judicial Communications Advisor and Manager

Email: Liz.Kennedy@courts.govt.nz

Phone: +64 4 466 3439 or +64 27 369 6701