307A Threats of harm to people or property


Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years if, without lawful justification or reasonable excuse, and intending to achieve the effect stated in subsection (2), he or she—


threatens to do an act likely to have 1 or more of the results described in subsection (3); or


communicates information—


that purports to be about an act likely to have 1 or more of the results described in subsection (3); and


that he or she believes to be false.


The effect is causing a significant disruption of 1 or more of the following things:


the activities of the civilian population of New Zealand:


something that is or forms part of an infrastructure facility in New Zealand:


civil administration in New Zealand (whether administration undertaken by the Government of New Zealand or by institutions such as local authorities, District Health Boards, or boards of schools):


commercial activity in New Zealand (whether commercial activity in general or commercial activity of a particular kind).


The results are—


creating a risk to the health of 1 or more people:


causing major property damage:


causing major economic loss to 1 or more persons:


causing major damage to the national economy of New Zealand.


To avoid doubt, the fact that a person engages in any protest, advocacy, or dissent, or engages in any strike, lockout, or other industrial action, is not, by itself, a sufficient basis for inferring that a person has committed an offence against subsection (1).

Section 307A: inserted, on 17 November 2003, by section 6 of the Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 2003 (2003 No 105).

Section 307A(2)(c): amended, on 1 August 2020, by section 668 of the Education and Training Act 2020 (2020 No 38).