Ardern undecided on Auckland terror probes

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New Zealand's opposition is urging Jacinda Ardern's government to run a public inquiry into the Auckland supermarket terror attack.

Last Friday, Islamic State-inspired Sri Lankan man Aathill Samsudeen injured seven people in a shock knife rampage at a suburban shopping centre.

Since then, Ms Ardern's government has trickled out details around the 32-year-old, who was shot and killed by police on the scene.

Even though he was being trailed by a 30-strong surveillance team, police did not expect him to attack last week, responding within minutes to the carnage.

Samsudeen became more radical over his decade-long stay in New Zealand, including around three years in prison when he assaulted officers.

The government attempted to deport Samsudeen but was thwarted by New Zealand's laws and international commitments and the man's own passage through the criminal justice system.

The National party's leader, Judith Collins, wants the entire episode examined in a public probe, reporting to parliament.

"This attack has highlighted some vulnerabilities in our immigration and counter-terrorism law. It is important a public inquiry is conducted so that the interoperability of government agencies can also be examined," she said.

Ms Collins criticised the government for its slow response to a Royal Commission into the Christchurch Mosques terror attack, when 51 worshippers were killed, saying "little has been done" to advance recommendations.

"It is evident that we have a lot more work to do as a parliament to make New Zealand safer," she said.

In response, Ms Ardern said a number of inquiries were likely - including by the coroner and various oversight bodies - but she remained open to the broad investigation.

"We have not ruled anything out at this stage," she said.

"There are multiple agencies or external entities that have the ability to inquire into this event. We haven't yet seen ... the breadth of those inquiries in the way that they may operate.

"We may find that either they covered the full breadth of what we do need to look into, or we may find there's a specific gap that needs to be covered."

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