Statistics about crime and justice include the number of apprehensions and crimes recorded by the New Zealand Police, prosecutions and convictions in the criminal courts, the types of sentences imposed, and information on the number of people who are in prison or serving community-based sentences.
New recorded crime victims statistics
New Zealand Police and Statistics NZ started publishing new statistics about recorded crime victims on 28 November 2014. This new collection is based on the equivalent Australian standard.
In 2015, a partner dataset, the Recorded Crime Offenders Statistics (RCOS), will also be launched, which will complement the RCVS and will include crimes that do not have a clear victim, such as drug offences. When both datasets are operational and embedded, they will likely supersede the current twice-yearly crime statistics.
See Recorded crime victims statistics – table.
Calendar and fiscal year crime and justice statistics
Recorded crime, Conviction and sentencing, and Child and youth prosecution tables are published every six months. This information is provided by New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Justice.
These tables are now available on NZ.Stat. NZ.Stat has replaced Table Builder, which was the previous web tool for customising tables.
See the NZ.Stat page for more information.
Analyse the numbers.
New Zealand recorded crime tables
These six-monthly tables provide the number of offences recorded and resolved by the Police, where these offences occurred, and changes over time at the national and subnational level. The tables also provide apprehension statistics, showing demographic information on the persons apprehended and how their offending was resolved by Police.
Criminal conviction and sentencing tables
These six-monthly tables provide information on prosecutions and convictions relating to both charges and people – by court, type of offence, demographics, and type of outcome or sentence. Available from NZ.Stat.
Child and youth prosecution tables
Information on the number of children and young people prosecuted and sentenced in court. Available from NZ.Stat.
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Reports and articles
Explore information we’ve gathered from research and analysis.
Progress report for 2009 review of crime and criminal justice statistics: July 2013 (published 2013)
The fourth annual report on implementing the recommendations of the review of crime and criminal justice statistics.
Progress report for 2009 review of crime and criminal justice statistics: June 2012 (published 2012)
The third annual report on implementing the recommendations of the review of crime and criminal justice statistics.
Progress report for 2009 review of crime and criminal justice statistics: July 2011 (published 2011)
Summary of progress on implementing the recommendations of the review of crime and criminal justice statistics.
Crime victimisation patterns in New Zealand (published 2010)
Comparison of results from two surveys to see if the socio-demographic characteristics of victims are similar.
Ageing and violent crime in New Zealand (published 2010)
Paper that presents the trends in age-sex specific offence and apprehension rates for violent crime in New Zealand. Also discusses the impact of population change on offence rates and justice sector expenditure for violent crime.
View more reports and articles about crime and justice.
Information about data
Get technical information such as classifications used, survey design, and a glossary of statistical terms.
Changes in published homicide statistics 2006–08
Information on revisions to homicide statistics.
Information on the offence classification adopted by the justice sector in July 2010.
Page updated 28 November 2014