Administration of Justice

Crime in New Zealand 1996-2005

Crime in New Zealand 1996-2005 provides a descriptive overview of trends in recorded crime in New Zealand. The report examines how the total rate of offending and the proportion of recorded offences that are resolved have changed since 1970. The report also describes changes in offense rates for particular types of crime between 1996 and 2005.

Crime Statistics

The latest crime statistics are available for downloading in PDF format.

New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2014

This report provides an overview of the main findings from the 2014 NZCASS and answers the research objectives.

New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2009

The 2009 NZCASS indicates that, overall, there has been very little change in the level and nature of crime since the 2006 NZCASS. Where changes did occur, they were typically small and signalled a reduction in the extent and impact of crime on victims.

New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2006

This technical report results from a nationally representative random sample of 5,416 people aged 15 and over living in private households througout New Zealand (excluding most offshore islands). This includes a "booster" sample of 1,187 Maori. Those who took part were interviewed at home between February and June 2006 by ACNielsen interviewers. They were asked whether they had been a victim of crime following January 1, 2005. They were also asked about the circumstance and impact of any offences they had experienced and about a number of other crime-related issues.

New Zealand Recorded Crime Tables

This collection is sourced from New Zealand Police administrative data on recorded and resolved crime, as well as offenders apprehended for these crimes. The tables are provided via an online table builder.

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems, New Zealand

Provides a narrative description of the criminal justice system of New Zealand. Forty-two other country descriptions are written with a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.


Census of Prison Inmates and Home Detainees

This report summarises information concerning prison inmates.  Topics include prison inmate numbers; age, gender and ethnicity of sentenced inmates; current term of imprisonment; and offending history.

Conviction & Sentencing of Offenders in New Zealand

It provides a comprehensive range of statistics on New Zealand criminal court proceedings and sentencing. As with the other reports, trends in prosecutions, convictions, and sentencing are examined, using data extracted from the Law Enforcement System.

Conviction & Sentencing Tables - Statistics New Zealand

These tables present information as to trends in police apprehensions and demographics of the offenders. It also examines trends in prosecutions, sentencing, and corrections. The tables available here contain data from the Ministry of Justice's statistical reporting datasets. The data were sourced from the courts' operational data systems.

Offender Volumes Report 2007

This is the first edition of the Offender Volumes Report. The report presents information about the offender population managed by Corrections in prisons and the community. Contained within are data presented separately for offenders in subgroups of prison sentenced, remanded in custody, prison release-ordered, and community sentenced.

Overview of Conviction and Sentencing Statistics in New Zealand 1998 to 2007

This bulletin provides an overview of the trends in prosecution outcomes, convictions and sentencing in New Zealand from 1998 to 2007, and summarises key statistics for the 2007 calendar year.

Prison Population Forecast

This report presents the key points of the Ministry of Justice Annual Prison Population Forecast, including the predicted prison population of male and female inmates.

Reconviction Patterns of Released Prisoners: A 36-Months Follow-up Analysis

This report summarizes patterns of reconviction amongst almost 5,000 offenders who were released from prison over a twelve-month period in 2002-03. Offender characteristics such as age (at time of release), gender, ethnicity, offence type, length of prison sentence, and risk level are each examined with reference to reconviction.

Results from the Prisoner Health Survey, 2005$File/prisoner-health-survey-2005.pdf

This report contains the initial analysis of the Prisoner Health Survey 2005. The overall aim of the analysis was to describe the health status of sentenced prisoners using a broad range of indicatiors.

Corruption & Fraud

New Zealand Computer Crime and Security Survey

The New Zealand Computer Crime and Security Survey is conducted by the Security Research Group (SRG) of the University of Otago, in partnership with the Computer Security Institute (CSI), New Zealand’s Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP), and the New Zealand Police. This 2005 survey is the inaugural annual survey and is based on the CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey. The CSI/FBI Survey is the longest running continuous survey in the information security field and commonly known as a leading source of statistics related to computer crime and security.

A Survey of Fraud, Bribery and Corruption in Australia & New Zealand - 2012

"Given the high cost of fraud to public and private sector organisations in Australia and New Zealand, it is imperative to bring some clarity to a problem that tends to flourish in business cultures where transparency is poor. In profiling the victims, villains and heroes of fraud, the report provides Australian and New Zealand-based businesses with an opportunity to understand not only the impact of fraud, but how it takes root in organisations that are not prepared to battle it."

Crime Prevention

Research about the use of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

"There has been a lack of local information about the challenges and successes of CPTED approaches adopted by New Zealand councils. The report provides a national picture of CPTED use in local government, along with four in-depth case studies. It supports and extends the information provided by the Ministry of Justice in its DVD based training by providing detailed information on the practical realities of undertaking CPTED projects in the community. The report aims to make information available to support councils, and other agencies, in their future use of CPTED."

Domestic Violence

Family Violence Statistics Report - Families Commission

"This report brings together New Zealand's family violence statistics to establish a baseline against which future trends can be measured. The data comes from government and non-government agencies that deal directly with the victims and perpetrators of family violence. The report is intended as a reference document and interpretation of the administrative data was deliberately kept to a minimum. It is not intended to provide a full explanation for any trends or connections in an agency's data. The report does not, for example, take into account any increase in population. This is left for users of the report to explore in detail."

Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Unit Audit

This evaluation project monitors how District Health Boards (DHBs) are responding to Ministry of Health (MOH) initiatives aimed at increasing the responsiveness of the health system to the needs of women and children at risk for family violence. The study highlights the changing culture of healthcare settings in Aotearoa New Zealand with regards to family violence and in doing so, facilitates the refinement of MOH family violence initiatives. Moreover, by working collaboratively with staff from each evaluation site, it is anticipated that the evaluation process will build competence for hospitals to sustain programme auditing and system refinement after the completion of this research study.

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol Use in New Zealand: Analysis of the 2004 NZ Health Behaviours Survey - Alcohol Use$File/alcohol-use-in-new-zealand-2004.pdf

This report provides information on alcohol consumption and drinking patterns, as well as problems relating to one’s own or someone else’s drinking. The report also presents results about youth drinking, and supply of alcohol to youth. Differences in alcohol use between males and females, Maori and non-Maori and across age groups are reported.

Drug Use in New Zealand: Key Results of the 2007/08 NZ Drug and Alcohol Survey$File/drug-use-in-nz-2007-08.pdf

This report presents the key findings about alcohol use and alcohol-related harm among New Zealand adults, from the 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey. The survey measured alcohol and drug use among over 6,500 New Zealanders aged 16–64 years from August 2007 to April 2008. The report covers past-year alcohol use, frequency of drinking, harms related to people's own drinking and to other people's drinking, and help sought for alcohol use. A separate publication will report the findings about the use of other recreational drugs by New Zealand adults.

New Zealand Drug Statistics

This publication presents statistics relating to drugs and drug use in New Zealand. The primary focus is on those drugs that are used recreationally or due to dependence.

Human Rights

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - New Zealand
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - New Zealand

These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in New Zealand, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Universal Periodic Review - Recent New Zealand Statements

The Universal Periodic Review (UPS) requires each of the 192 UN member states to report on their human rights records every four years. States report on their human rights achievements during that period and set key priorities for the future. This webpage offers links to New Zealands statements as to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Juvenile Justice

Child and Youth Justice Statistics in New Zealand: 1992 to 2007
This report examines trends in police apprehensions of youths 14 to 16 years old. It also examines trends in prosecutions, sentencing, and corrections of young people.

Child and Youth Offending Statistics in New Zealand: 1992 to 2008

"The report examines trends in Police apprehensions of children and youth over the 1995 to 2008 period, and in prosecutions and sentencing of 14 to 16 year olds over the 1992 to 2008 period. Prior to 2006, youth justice statistics were presented alongside those of adults in the Ministry of Justice's annual report series titled 'Conviction and Sentencing of Offenders in New Zealand'."

Law & the Courts

Family Court Statistics

Youth Justice Statistics in New Zealand
This report examines trends in police apprehensions of youths 14 to 16 years old. It also examines trends in prosecutions, sentencing, and corrections of young people.

Police & Law Enforcement

Crime Statistics

Contains national crime, police, and traffic offence statistics provided by the Minister of Police.

Patterns in Police Apprehensions in New Zealand 2005/06 to 2008/09

"Patterns in Police Apprehensions in New Zealand 2005/06 to 2008/09 uses official New Zealand police apprehension statistics between the 2005/06 and 2008/09 police fiscal years to explore three aspects of police apprehensions. Within the criminal justice system, the New Zealand Police provide the crucial first response to crime, after which offenders are filtered through the courts and, ultimately, the prison system. The initial police phase of the criminal justice system impacts upon the lives of many New Zealanders. It is important to have a clear understanding of this area, both in terms of the people affected and the resources expended. The first aspect of police apprehensions describes the offences that make up the apprehensions environment, looking at offence composition and trends. The second aspect of this report looks at the differences in resolution type, such as prosecution or warning/caution, between each type of offence, and investigates the relationship between offence seriousness and resolution type. Finally, the third aspect of this report looks at the demographic variables of age and gender in relation to the type of offence. As well as using raw volumes, the report also incorporates the Ministry of Justice seriousness scale to shed new light on the intensity of offences being committed, who is committing them, and how they are being dealt with."

Police Statistics: Summaries of Recorded and Resolved Crime

This report examines trends in police apprehensions of youths 14 to 16 years old. It also examines trends in prosecutions, sentencing, and corrections of young people.

Research & Statistics

Review of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics Report 2009

"This report identifies enduring statistical information needs, where these are currently met, where there are gaps, and recommends the key priorities for the Official Statistics System to address in the field of crime and justice."

Victims of Crime

Crime Victimisation Patterns in New Zealand: New Zealand General Social Survey 2008 and New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2006 compared

"Crime Victimisation Patterns in New Zealand compares victimisation statistics produced from the New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2006 (NZCASS) and the New Zealand General Social Survey 2008 (GSS) to see if the socio-demographic characteristics of victims in the surveys are similar. The report looks at victimisation prevalence and repeat victimisation in relation to the total population, and to certain population groups, such as age, sex, ethnicity, household tenure, and the New Zealand index of deprivation 2001 groups. Users of crime victimisation data will see how the GSS module on safety and security compares with New Zealand’s primary victimisation survey, the NZCSS. The GSS is a two-yearly, multi-topic survey of individual well-being. The GSS allows the interrelationships between crime victimisation and other areas of society (such as knowledge and skills, paid work, economic standard of living, physical environment, and social connectedness) to be looked at. The NZCASS is designed to collect crime and safety information from individuals in selected households. This enables investigation across crime topics, populations, regions, and time."

New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2006: Key Findings

The New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS) is a comprehensive household survey that explores the experience of crime victimisation of more than 5,000 randomly selected New Zealand residents aged 15 and over. Two previous victimisation surveys, conducted in 1996 and 2001, went under the title of the New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims.