Marc Wilson (editor)
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New Zealand Journal of Psychology

New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Abstract

Today, the day of publication of this issue of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology marks the one-month anniversary of the terror attack on Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch. While this issue is a response to this atrocity, and the broader context in which it occurred, it is important to be explicit - this is not a ‘special issue’, because ‘special issues’ are often celebratory, something ‘special’. Instead, this can be considered a rapid response to the tragedy in Christchurch. Psychology, as both a research enterprise and applied practice, has a long history of attempting to understand and remediate the foundations and impacts of prejudice and discrimination. This issue is not a celebration of that heritage because, in an ideal world, we would be able to celebrate using our knowledge and tools to end these phenomena. The events in Christchurch show that the most extreme forms of hatred are no longer things we observe only on the international news. Instead, the intent here is to contribute to the discussion that has exploded into our lives, in which we (and others) ask questions like “Why did this happen?”, “How could it happen to us?”, and “Will Aotearoa ever be the same?”, among others. These questions will be with us for years to come.