Media releases

See the latest official media releases published by the Ministry from 2018. If you can't find what you're looking for here, try our news section or media release archive.

  1. District Court hearing for Whakaari-White Island disaster Worksafe prosecution

    The next District Court hearing of the WorkSafe prosecution related to the Whakaari-White Island disaster will be held at the Whakatāne District Court, 7 Pyne Street, on Thursday 3 June and Friday 4 June, 2021.This is an administrative hearing where several matters could be discussed, including on the venue for...

  2. Latest justice statistics released

    The Ministry has today published its latest data on criminal charges and convictions for the year ending December 2020.

  3. Justice sector projections released

    The Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with justice sector agencies, has released its projections for New Zealand’s prison population over the next 10 years.Without further system changes the total prison population is expected to rise from 8,800 in November 2020 to 10,600 by June 2030.Currently, the sentenced population is at...

  4. LGB+ community experiences higher levels of victimisation than average New Zealand adult

    Bisexual New Zealanders experience the highest level of crime and sexual violence according to the latest publication from the Ministry of Justice’s New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey (NZCVS).The latest report found 68 percent of bisexual adults will experience interpersonal sexual violence over the course of their lives, compared to...

  5. Levin Courthouse

    Levin Courthouse reopens

    Business as usual will resume at the Levin District Court today after it was closed for almost a year for seismic strengthening work to be completed.

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    Former Greymouth courthouse for sale

    New owners are needed for one of Greymouth’s prominent heritage buildings says Fraser Gibbs, General Manager Commercial and Property at the Ministry of Justice.The former Greymouth courthouse was built during a major period of government construction and stands testament to the importance of Greymouth and the West Coast in early...

  7. Report on New Zealand’s Human Rights Record

    The United Nations Human Rights Council’s draft Universal Periodic Review report on New Zealand has been published says Rajesh Chhana, Ministry of Justice Deputy Secretary Policy.The Universal Periodic Review is a review of New Zealand’s progress on human rights over the last five years.Justice Minister Andrew Little led the delegation...