(New Zealand shootings) Security agencies meet

World | 15 Mar 2019 11:46 am

A crisis meeting of national security agencies is ongoing at Police National Headquarters in Wellington after the Christchurch mosque shooting today.

The Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination – commonly referred to as ODESC - is a committee of Chief Executives which manages national security in New Zealand in both its governance and its response mode, stuff.co.nz reports.

Senior members began arriving at Police National headquarters just before 4:00pm ahead of the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking to the nation.

Members of ODESC usually include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Security Intelligence Service, Government Communications Security Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others with national security responsibilities.

Their role is to coordinate the government response to a major crisis.

SIS boss Rebecca Kitteridge and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chris Seed were seen arriving at Police headquarters for the meeting at 4pm.

Others were Jon Johannsson, chief of staff for Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, and senior members of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

ODESC is only convened at times of crisis.

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