Homicide Victims Report 2017 and Historic NZ Murder Rate Report 1926-2017

Homicide Victims Report 2017 and Historic NZ Murder Rate Report 1926-2017

Date Published: 
September 2018

Homicide Victims Report 2017 (PDF, 174KB)

A Summary of Statistics about Victims of Murder, Manslaugher, and Infanticide

Report at a glance:

  • Between 2007 – 2016 there were 686 people killed by homicide (ie murder and manslaughter offences).
  • Maori account for approximately a third of homicide victims.
  • Males represented 62 percent of all victims.
  • The lowest annual homicide figure of 58 was in 2016, with provisional 2017 data even lower at 48.
  • Around 7 out of 10 homicides were murders.
  • Of all family-linked homicide victims, 40% were male and 60% were female.
  • Around 1 in 5 homicides was committed by a current or ex-partner – 75% of victims were female.
  • Children under the age of five made up 12 percent of homicide victims.

Note: the report excludes road fatalities

Historic NZ Murder Rate Report 1926-2017 (PDF, 64KB)

The table shows Murder offences collated from existing electronic and microfiche data from previous Police annual reports and crime statistics and the current statistics on Homicide Victims.