Analysis of the Maori experience : findings from the New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2006


The 2006 New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS) is the first to enable a detailed analysis of the Maori experience of crime victimisation. Because the NZCASS focuses on victims and not on offenders, analysis of the survey data exposes victimisation differences both between Maori and other New Zealanders and within the Maori population in 2005. The survey shows that: Maori were more likely to be victims of crime than other New Zealanders; Maori were more likely to be multiply victimised than other New Zealanders; and irrespective of the type of crime, or the incidence, prevalence or crime concentration rates, these differences for Maori victims were real. Nearly half (47.5%) of all Maori aged 15 years and over were found to be the victims of a crime in 2005 and this rate was 1.3 times the European rate and 1.2 times the total New Zealand rate. The findings produce a range of implications for policy and practice as Maori victims have a specific profile of victimisation with a higher crime concentration than other populations. (Executive summary, edited.)