Māori make up 26 percent of the most highly victimised people, almost twice as high as their proportion of the New Zealand adult population, according to the Ministry’s latest report Highly Victimised People.
The report comes off the back of the New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey, which was released earlier this year, where 8,000 New Zealanders over 15 years of age were interviewed in March-October 2018 about their experience of crime. It is focussed on four percent of New Zealand adults experienced 47 percent of all crime incidents that occurred in the 12 months prior to the interview.
Highly victimised people are those who have experienced four or more criminal incidents within a 12-month period.
Māori are significantly over-represented in the highly victimised four percent compared to other ethnic groups. New Zealand Europeans are evenly represented across victim groups, and those who identify as Pasifika, Asian and other ethnicities are significantly under-represented.
The report also found young people aged 15-29 make up a large part of the highly victimised group, whereas there are few people in that group over the age of 60.
Interestingly, people who have never been married, or in a civil union, are significantly more likely to experience more crime than those who are committed to a partner.
The report revealed there was no difference in the level of highly victimised people in the North or South Islands, or in the four main centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
The next annual New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey is due out early 2020.
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