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Crime in New Zealand is of strong interest to the public due to concerns for personal safety and security of property. The media regularly reports only certain types of crimes and this may give a skewed perception to the public.



In July 2009 Sian Elias, the Chief Justice defied convention and caused controversy with her speech for the annual Shirley Smith address to the Wellington District Law Society, arguing against what she described as the "punitive and knee-jerk" attitude towards the criminal justice system.[1] In response, Minister of Justice Simon Power said "The Government is elected to set sentencing policy. Judges are appointed to apply it." Sensible Sentencing Trust's Garth McVicar stated Elias should resign because of her stance[2] but academics and lawyers lent support to the points raised in her speech.

Crime statistics


International comparisons

Law enforcement

Police force

The New Zealand Police is the national police force of New Zealand, responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic law, enhancing public safety, maintaining order and keeping the peace throughout New Zealand.

Notable criminals

Some of the notable criminals in New Zealand include:

Notable crimes


Terrorism in New Zealand is relatively uncommon, although a small number of cases exist.

Crime related organisations

See also


Further reading

  • Newbold, Greg (2000). Crime in New Zealand. New Plymouth NZ: Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693486.  

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