Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Harassment Act 1997

Public Act1997 No 92
Date of assent1 December 1997
Commencementsee section 1


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.



1 Short Title and commencement

Part 1
Preliminary provisions


2 Interpretation

3 Meaning of harassment

4 Meaning of specified act

5 Meaning of act done to person


6 Object

Crown bound

7 Act to bind the Crown

Part 2
Criminal harassment

8 Criminal harassment

Part 3
Civil harassment


9 Application for restraining order

10 Contents of application

11 Application by minors

12 Application against minors

13 Applications on behalf of certain persons

14 Applicant's involvement in proceedings where representative appointed

15 Applications for restraining order to be on notice

16 Power to make restraining order

17 Defence to prove that specified acts done for lawful purpose

18 Protection from respondent's associates

Conditions of restraining orders

19 Standard conditions of restraining orders

20 Court may impose special conditions

Duration, variation, and discharge of restraining orders

21 Duration of restraining order

22 Power to vary restraining order

23 Power to discharge restraining order

24 Variation or discharge on behalf of minors, etc

Enforcement of restraining orders

25 Offence to contravene restraining order

Power to require person to supply name and address

26 Power to require person to supply name and address

27 Offence

28 Police may release information to enable application for restraining order to be made

Part 4
General provisions

General provisions

29 Standard of proof

30 Admission of evidence

31 Applications may be heard together

32 Vexatious proceedings

33 Copies of orders to be sent to Police


34 Appeals to High Court

35 Application of provisions relating to minors, etc

36 Appeals to Court of Appeal

37 Appeals to be heard as soon as practicable

38 Effect of appeal

Power to clear court and restrict publication of proceedings

39 Power to clear court and restrict publication of proceedings

40 Application for renewal or review of order made under section 39

41 Contravention of orders made under section 39

Rules and regulations

42 Rules of court

43 Regulations

Amendments to other enactments

44 Amendment to Summary Proceedings Act 1957

45 Amendment to Electoral Act 1993


46 Other remedies for harassment not limited or affected

Reprint notes

An Act to provide criminal and civil remedies in respect of harassment