(National Party media release)

The Government’s restorative justice programme Te Pae Oranga is taking preventing imprisonment to a new level with more serious offences sent to the Iwi Community Panel, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

“I don’t think many New Zealanders would consider the attempt to abduct children out of the country a low-level offence. Certainly no parent would.

“But that’s the case under this Government, with someone committing that offence now being sent through Te Pae Oranga.”

Mr Brown says that while alternative resolution is appropriate in some cases, it should only be for minor offences. But under the Labour Government, the focus has changed.

“Now, if you stab a police officer or sell military-style automatic weapons or sell meth to kids, your punishment will be a hui.

“These are serious crimes, very serious in some cases, and they deserve appropriate consequences.

“Police officers are telling us they feel powerless to do their job properly and hold offenders to account for their actions. This is leading to the public losing confidence in them.

“The Government is so focused on reducing the prison population that it’s letting criminals off the hook.

“Labour’s soft on crime attitude is putting the safety of our communities at risk and it’s preventing the police from doing their job.”


The list of offences which Police may refer to Te Pae Oranga providers follows.  One of the stranger ones, given Jacinda’s gun grab and the fury which she and her police minister ordered unleashed on law abiding licensed firearms owners, particularly if they were viewed as being “right wing”, is the last: “Sell/Supply Pistol/Restricted Weapon/MSSA (military style semi-automatic) to Unauthorised Person.”  Is this an admission it was unjustified? —Eds

POLICE CODE: TYPE OF OFFENCE:
1593 – COMMON ASSAULT(CRIMES ACT)MANUALLY
1614 – ASSAULTS TRAFFIC OFFICER
1615 – ASSAULTS PRISON OFFICER
1616 – ASSAULTS POLICE (STABBING/CUTTING WEAPON)
1621 – ASSAULTS PERSON ASSIST POLICE (FIREARM)
1622 – ASSAULTS PERSON ASSIST POLICE (OTHER WEAPON)
1623 – ASSAULTS PERSON ASSIST POLICE (MANUALLY)
1624 – ASSAULTS PERSON ASSIST POLICE (STABBING/CUTTING WEAPON)
1629 – OTHER ASSAULTS PERSON ASSISTING POLICE
1644 – COMMON ASSAULT (TAXI DRIVER) (FIREARM)
1645 – COMMON ASSAULT (TAXI DRIVER) (OTHER WEAPON)
1646 – COMMON ASSAULT (TAXI DRIVER) (MANUALLY)
1648 – COMMON ASSAULT (TAXI DRIVER) (STABBING/CUTTING WEAPON)
1649 – OTHER COMMON ASSAULT
1651 – COMMON ASSAULT (FIREARM)
1652 – COMMON ASSAULT (OTHER WEAPON)
1653 – COMMON ASSAULT (MANUALLY)
1654 – COMMON ASSAULT (STABBING/CUTTING WEAPON)
1659 – OTHER MISCELLANEOUS COMMON ASSAULT
1781 – UNLAWFUL INTIMIDATION/THREATS (FIREARM)
2792 – MADE/COPIED/SUPPLIED OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATION (CHILD EXPLOITATION)
2794 – SUPPLIED ETC OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATION UNDER 18 (CHILD EXPLOITATION)
2797 – POSSESS OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATION (CHILD EXPLOITATION)
2797 – POSSESS OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATION (CHILD EXPLOITATION)
2965 – SUPPLIED ETC OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATION UNDER 18
2968 – POSSESS OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATION
3749 – OTHER MISCELLANEOUS FAMILY OFFENCES
3834 – TAKE/ATTEMPT TO TAKE CHILD/YOUNG PERSON FROM NZ
3863 – TAKING CHILD FROM NZ
6846 – SELL/SUPPLY FIREARM/AIRGUN TO NONLICENCE HOLDER
6844 – ATTEMPTS/USES OTHER LICENCE TO PROCURE FIREARM
6845 – SUPPLY FALSE DETAILS FOR LICENCE APPLICATION
6825 – POSSESS FIREARM WITHOUT LICENCE (16 OR OVER)
6848 – SELL/SUPPLY PISTOL/RESTRICTED WEAPON/MSSA TO UNAUTHORISED PERSON