NZ Murder Rate Among Worst In The OECD

The independent New Zealand Institute has ranked New Zealand 5th in a list of 30 OECD countries for its high murder rate according to the Herald:

The murder and manslaughter of about 100 people a year makes New Zealand one of the most violent countries in the developed world, according to a new independent report.

New Zealand has been given a “D” rating on a report card prepared by the New Zealand Institute, because of its high rates of violent deaths and child abuse.

This weekend, the United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed concern at New Zealand’s high rates of child abuse, and recommended the Government encourage reporting of suspected abuse, and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

According to the New Zealand Institute, only Mexico, Finland, Hungary and the gun-toting US have higher “assault mortality” rates in the 30-member OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development…”

What gives with the  “gun toting US ” comment? there’s an estimated 1.1 million firearms legally owned in New Zealand, enough for one in four of the population and not all murders are firearm related. You can read the rest of the report here.

The NZ Institute’s report “NZ Ahead – A report card of New Zealand’s social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Measuring New Zealand’s performance so we can improve it.” may be found here

We’ve been keeping our own tally of violent deaths over the last year or so, based on what gets released into the public domain via news reports. The NZ Institute reckons there are about 100 murders and manslaughters a year, we counted 78 last year which leads us to believe that the details of  a good number of them don’t make it into the news.

‘Killer’ Nation’s underbelly of Crime and Violence

As if in response to the report the Herald has told the story of Harry Young, who moved from East Lancashire to New Zealand seven years ago, looking for a better life for his family. Much the same as Mr and Mrs Templeman did and whose daughter Liberty was murdered by a 14 year old youth in Kerikeri in November 2008.

Harry’s daughter Jane, 16, was one of two young women murdered in the Edgeware Road killings, Christchurch 3 years ago. Lipine Sila was sentenced to life with a minimum non parole period of 17 years for their deaths.  Mr Young gave told the paper they’d moved to New Zealand to:

“escape worrying levels of crime, drug abuse and violence in a society he felt was full of social unrest.

He chose “100 per cent Pure” Godzone to live, because of its billing as a safe paradise to raise a family and “to get away from it all“.

Now he feels he made a terrible mistake.

New Zealand has an underbelly of general crime and violence and social practices that’s not really known about,” he says.

The 50-year-old’s view of his new homeland has been changed by his daughter’s horrific murder…

Harry Young says his friends and family overseas view New Zealand as a dangerous place after Jane’s death and are now also aware of tourists being “raped and robbed” too.

He says the Corrections Department is failing and should be renamed. Offenders just spend time with other criminals and emerge worse than when they went in… “

Read more here

See also: Christchurch, not the murder capital of New Zealand

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  1. March 28, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Yep, this is crazy, so I am 4 times more likely to be murdered in NZ than I am in the UK? or maybe those stats are skewed because of the terribly high number of babies and childs murdered. In any event, its pretty grim.

    The Gun Toting US comment is unfortunately, the image than the rest of the world has of the USA and with the gun crime in the USA worse than any other nation I think I can understand why… soz.
    :-(

  2. emigratetonewzealand
    March 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    It’s grim for sure.

    We know of 10 violent deaths so far this year and none of them have been babies or children.

    They include Gaynor White, 62, who was murdered in Christchurch during a home invasion, allegedly by a man with a history of drug abuse and psychiatric problems.

    Hiren Mohini, a taxi driver who was stabbed to death late one night in Auckland.

    Diane White, 53, hammered to death in her home in Hamilton allegedly by a woman who had psychiatric problems.

    And Vanessa Pickering, murdered and dumped at Godley Head, near Christchurch, possibly by a serial killer

    The gun toting comment was a flippant, throwaway remark in an otherwise serious report.

  3. Georgia
    April 10, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Yahoo answers – it’s not a bad crime rate, just their great reporting!

    http://nz.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AkTOJRGqKtsF7EDbWz4EjR6lnRh.;_ylv=3?qid=20080813043916AAkPcH0

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080811151210AAEXudH

    http://nz.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AooH.gtVWMouwyXSYiZoUV6mnRh.;_ylv=3?qid=20100407034408AAyyRDD

    I would not bother with yahoo answers unless you want angry Kiwis writing you with responses like the ones listed above. Everyone knows there are no problems in New Zealand. The fact that Kiwis themselves state this is evidence of its truth.

  4. danalite
    February 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    http://www.grownups.co.nz/read/lifestyle/family/high-cost-of-playing-away

    When they returned to New Zealand after 13 years overseas, they were struck by “the appalling level of dysfunctionality in New Zealand families”.

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