307A Threats of harm to people or property

(1)

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—

(a)

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

(b)

communicates information—

(i)

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

(ii)

that he or she believes to be false.

(2)

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

(a)

the activities of the civilian population of New Zealand:

(b)

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

(c)

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):

(d)

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

(3)

The results are—

(a)

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

(b)

causing major property damage:

(c)

causing major economic loss to 1 or more persons:

(d)

causing major damage to the national economy of New Zealand.

(4)

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).