1st Edition

Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand

ISBN 9781138192416
Published May 27, 2016 by Routledge
296 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand examines the recent crime trends and the social, political, and legal changes in New Zealand from the end of the twentieth century to the present. Serving as the only New Zealand–specific criminal justice text, this book takes a direct look at what is unique about the country’s criminal justice system and recent crime trends. Crime rates peaked in the early 1990s and have fallen since. Newbold considers why this happened through factors such as economy, ethnic composition, changing cultural trends, and legislative developments in policing and criminal justice. He unpacks various types of crime separately—violent crime, property crime, drug crime, gang crime, organised crime, etc.—and examines each in terms of the various complex factors affecting it, using illustrative examples from recent high-profile cases.

The cover photo for Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand was taken by Jono Rotman.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Dishonesty

3. Gender

4. Sex

5. Violence

6. Youth and ethnicity

7. Drugs

8. Gangs and organised crime

9. Corrections and crime control

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Greg Newbold is a well-known and respected author and professor in New Zealand. He is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Canterbury. He has recently served as the Department Chair and the Programme Coordinator. He has published several books and numerous research monographs, and been a contributing author on many edited volumes. He received his PhD from the University of Auckland in sociology.


Many New Zealanders have their own theories on crime, its causes, and
solutions, generally based on a limited understanding of the complexities
of the topic. Greg Newbold's detailed research complements his innate
personal knowledge of the criminal world, and provides the reader with
material which can only improve the quality of debate on this fascinating

Greg O'Connor, President, New Zealand Police Association