We lead and are involved in a wide range of initiatives to reduce crime, keep people safe and modernise the justice system.

  • Adoption Law Reform

    Aotearoa New Zealand's adoption laws are being reviewed to reflect contemporary adoption processes and promote consistency with principles in child-centred legislation.

  • Proposals against incitement of hatred and discrimination

    The Government is considering proposals against the incitement of hatred and discrimination and wants to hear the public’s views.

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court

    The AODT Court aims to deliver better outcomes and experiences for court participants with alcohol and other drug substance use disorders, victims, whānau and the wider community.

  • Addressing family violence and sexual violence

    We're part of a cross-government work programme related to family violence and sexual violence that aims to ensure victims are safer, improve services, and change long-standing behaviours and attitudes.

  • Restorative Justice Service Review

    We’re reviewing the Restorative Justice (RJ) service. The review is an information gathering exercise to understand how the service is currently meeting the needs of participants.

  • Family Court Rewrite

    The Independent Panel that examined the 2014 Family Court reforms made 69 recommendations about the law, policy and practices governing care of children matters in their final report, Te Korowai ā-Whānau.

  • Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata

    We are working on long term solutions to improve community safety and the way justice works and we want to listen to everyone involved. This is just the beginning and it will take time, but we have to make a start as the system isn’t working.

  • Behavioural Science Aotearoa - Changing behaviour in justice for good

    We work to understand people better so we can make our justice system work for them. We use evidence and research methods from social sciences to ensure policies and processes reflect the way people behave and make decisions.

  • Privacy

    We're progressing reforms to our privacy laws to protect people’s personal information, and help ensure businesses and organisations that hold such data safeguard and handle it appropriately. 

  • Trust law reform

    The Government is moving to update and improve the law governing trusts for the first time in nearly 60 years.

  • Anti-money laundering & countering financing of terrorism

    We lead the development of New Zealand's anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks.

  • Sale & supply of alcohol

    Legislation regulating the sale and supply of alcohol is administered by us and we provide advice to the Government on policy relating to alcohol-related offending and crime prevention.

  • Cross-government initiatives

    Find out about some of the plans and programmes involving multiple government agencies that we play a role in.

  • Crimes Amendment Act

    Parliament is currently considering The Crimes Amendment Bill which will update the Crimes Act by repealing three obsolete provisions which do not reflect how the criminal law is operating in today's New Zealand.

  • Criminal Cases Review Commission

    The Criminal Cases Review Commission Act redefines the way possible miscarriages of justice are identified.

  • Māori Electoral Option

    The Government is considering whether the timing and frequency of the Māori Electoral Option should be changed.

  • Mana Ōrite agreement

    A Mana Ōrite relationship agreement was signed in April 2021 between the Ināia Tonu Nei kaitiaki and justice sector chief executives.

  • CERD Report public consultation

    The New Zealand Government is due to submit a Report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee). We invite your feedback on New Zealand’s draft Twenty-Third and Twenty-Fourth Report to the CERD Committee.

  • Justice Sector Long-term Insights Briefing

    Long-term Insights Briefings are a new government initiative requiring agencies to develop and share insights on the trends, risks and opportunities that affect, or may affect, Aotearoa New Zealand. We want to hear what New Zealanders think of the proposed topic for the first Justice Sector Briefing.

  • Repeal of the three strikes law

    The Government is moving to repeal the mandatory sentencing regime commonly known as the three strikes law.

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