I find it a bit rich, my country blaming Australia for the recent Muslim massacre in Christchurch.
No stable mind could find any justification for this outrage.
Claims that Tarrant was inspired by his visits to Muslims countries and the prior mass killings by a latter-day Norwegian crusader, cannot, in my view, ameliorate the actions of what I deduce, was a one-off broken mind.
But when it comes to; ‘How did this happen in lovely leafy New Zealand?’, the emphasis by our politicians has emphatically laid blame at the door of, “an Australian who had no right to be in New Zealand”,
Tarrant did have every right to be in New Zealand, based on what our police and spies knew about him. But I’ll get this point soon.
Australians however, will be well aware of the persistent appearance of New Zealanders in Australian Courts for involvement in serios crimes of violence including murder.
In fact, as I recall reading Aussie media of recent times, the deportation of bandit Kiwis back to New Zealand, has been a hot political topic where New Zealand politicians have haemorrhaged outrage.
Perhaps we may soon read where politicians in New Zealand will start blaming the Norwegian for New Zealand’s greatest mass killings since the Maori Wars.
The aspect of these killings which, in my view is rapidly being swept under the carpet, is the failure of New Zealand GCSB (spies) and police intelligence units on both sides of the Tasman.
Anecdotal evidence abounds which demonstrates Tarrant was open in expressing his views among like-minded persons in Australia and New Zealand (particularly the South Island where since as far back as when I was a commissioned officer in charge of police criminal intelligence, a known right-wing radical element has endured).
I don’t for a moment suggest that people with right wing views are all about to emulate Tarrant. I say again: In my view he was a one-off broken mind.
But police spies should have been amongst these people.
In New Zealand, police actions of recent years demonstrate that they have been active amongst Maori activist, left wing environmentalists and journalist who dared to question the role of our Defence personnel in the Middle East.
This left leaning intelligence gathering is perhaps a legacy of anti-Springbok Tour radicals in 1981. Whatever. The facts are that the GCSB failed to identify Tarrant on line when others were able to do this. As a result, fifty people lost their lives.
Who to blame?
Ross Meurant is a former NZ Member of Parliament and before that, an inspector in the police in charge of the Auckland criminal intelligence and VIP security unit. He is the Honorary Consul for Morocco.
Ross is an international businessman and entrepreneur.
In New Zealand he is trustee and managing director of absentee Russian owned forestry and commercial property.
From 2004 he lived and worked in Zimbabwe, Russia, Czech Republic, Thailand and the Balkans.
Since 2005 Ross has established business interests in aqua culture and fisheries development – from Morocco to Syria: U.A.E and North Korea.
In 2015 Ross was prime speaker on sustainable fisheries as guest of the Moroccan government at CRANZ Montana ‘Sustainable Resources: Africa’ conference, and an official guest at the 2017 forum.
A former Member of Parliament (1987–1996) and Member and the Executive Council of New Zealand in the National government, Ross was Under Secretary (junior minister) Agriculture & Forestry; Cabinet Committee Industry & Commerce & Chair Select Committee Fisheries.
Subsequent to parliament, he owned equestrian facilities; was elected to local government as a councillor; consulted to several major fishing companies, was engaged by parliamentary services as adviser to Rt. Hon Winston Peters and emerged as a key figure in the Scampi Affair, which falsely alleged political corruption.
Prior to entering parliament, Ross had been 21 years in the police. Service included: detective on Regional Crime Squad and Drug Squad; 5 years Armed Offenders Squad, second in command of the infamous Red Squad, and commissioned officer in charge of police spies i.e. Criminal Intelligence Section and V.I.P. Security.
Ross has a bachelor degree in politics and management, a master’s degree in economics, statistics, law and policy and C.O.P’s in law.
In 2016 Ross was appointed Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Morocco.