Story: Violent crime

Murders, 1930s–2010s

The number of recorded murder offences in New Zealand increased dramatically during the 20th century before declining in the first two decades of the 21st century.

Note: Counting rules for murder statistics have changed over time (i.e., cases vs offences vs victimisations). Trends in homicide statistics should be interpreted with caution. See New Zealand Police website for more details.

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How to cite this page:

Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Murder and manslaughter', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Greg Newbold, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 3 May 2024 with assistance from Greg Newbold