Crimes Act 1961

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Reprint as at 29 June 2009

Crimes Act 1961

Public Act1961 No 43
Date of assent1 November 1961
Commencementsee section 1(2)


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

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

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.





Penalties for certain offences involving home invasion

17A Interpretation [Repealed]

Putting under bond






Ignorance of law

Sentence or process


Use of force

Breach of the peace

Defence against assault

Defence of property

Peaceable entry

Powers of discipline

Surgical operations

General provisions

Treason and other crimes against the Queen and the State

Offence of oath to commit offence

Unlawful assemblies, riots, and breaches of the peace


Slave dealing

Participation in criminal gang

Smuggling and trafficking in people

Bribery and corruption

Contravention of statute

Misleading justice

Escapes and rescues

Crime against religion

Crimes against morality and decency

Sexual crimes

142 Anal intercourse [Repealed]

Sexual offences outside New Zealand

Crimes against public welfare

147 Brothel-keeping [Repealed]

Duties tending to the preservation of life


Murder, manslaughter, etc


Assaults and injuries to the person

Female genital mutilation

Bigamy, feigned marriage

Abduction, kidnapping

216 Criminal slander [Repealed]

Intimate visual recordings


Unlawful taking


Robbery and blackmail

Crimes involving deceit

Money laundering


Crimes involving computers

Forgery and counterfeiting


Arson, damage, and waste

282 Interpretation [Repealed]

285 Altering coin [Repealed]

286 Impairing coin [Repealed]

287 Defacing coin [Repealed]

288 Melting coin [Repealed]

294 Arson [Repealed]

295 Attempted arson [Repealed]

298 Wilful damage [Repealed]

301 Wrecking [Repealed]


Applications for interception warrants in relation to organised criminal enterprises

Applications for interception warrants in relation to serious violent offences

General provisions

General power to stop vehicles to exercise statutory search powers



Plea of guilty after committal for trial

Change of venue



Identification evidence

Filing indictment

Trial and sentence

350 Bench warrant [Repealed]

369 Admissions [Repealed]

Retrials of previously acquitted persons

Appeal on matters arising before trial

Appeal on question of bail

Appeal on question of law

Appeal against conviction or sentence

391 Costs of appeal [Repealed]

General provisions as to appeals

402 Costs [Repealed]

Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 1979

Crimes Amendment Act (No 3) 1985

Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 1989

Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 1995

Crimes (Bribery of Foreign Public Officials) Amendment Act 2001

Crimes (Criminal Appeals) Amendment Act 2001

Prostitution Reform Act 2003

Crimes Amendment Act 2005

Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007

Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 2008

Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the Crimes Act 1908 and certain other enactments of the Parliament of New Zealand relating to crimes and other offences

  • Title: amended, on 1 January 1987, pursuant to section 29(2) of the Constitution Act 1986 (1986 No 114).