Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 2003

6 New section 307A inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting, after section 307, the following section:

    307A Threats of harm to people or property
    • (1) Everyone 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 one or more of the results described in subsection (3); or

      • (b) communicates information—

        • (i) that purports to be about an act likely to have one 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 one 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 trustees 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 one or more people:

      • (b) causing major property damage:

      • (c) causing major economic loss to one 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).