The Crimes Amendment Act (No 3) 2011, which strengthens provisions in the Crimes Act 1961 particularly in relation to violent and sexual offending, came into effect on 19 March 2012.
- creates a new offence of failure to protect a child or vulnerable adult from the risk of death, grievous bodily harm, or sexual assault and sets a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment
- doubles the maximum penalty for cruelty to a child from five years to 10 years' imprisonment and extends it to include vulnerable adults
- amends the offence of sexual grooming to provide for offending that has been discovered through covert police investigation where a police officer has been posing as a young person
- increases the maximum penalty for possession of an offensive weapon from two to three years in response to concerns about knife crime
- amends the definition of claim of right so that the defence is only available in circumstances where the defendants believed they had a proprietary or possessory right in the property.
Updated 4 July 2012
Read Crimes Amendment Act (No.3) 2011 New Zealand Legislation online
Read Crimes Act strengthened to better protect children, Minister of Justice media release, 19/3/2012
Watch Breaking the code of silence (video), Court Report, TVNZ7, 26 March 2012
Read New legislation: Crime Amendment Act 2011, Child Matters
Read Reporting abuse of children and vulnerable adults, Citizens Advice Bureau
Read Criticism of new abuse law rejected, NZ Herald, 19/3/2012
Read Greater protection for vulnerable adults, Age Concern media release, 19/3/2012
Abeygoonesekera, H. Standing up for those who are vulnerable, NZ Lawyer, 9 March 2012, 179
Submitted on Tue, 2012-03-20 14:31