Reprint as at 26 August 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Harassment Act 1997

Public Act
1997 No 92
Date of assent
1 December 1997
see section 1

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
3Meaning of harassment
4Meaning of specified act
5Meaning of act done to person
7Act to bind the Crown
8Criminal harassment
9Application for restraining order
10Contents of application
11Application by minors
12Application against minors
13Applications on behalf of certain persons
14Applicant’s involvement in proceedings where representative appointed
15Applications for restraining order to be on notice
16Power to make restraining order
17Defence to prove that specified acts done for lawful purpose
18Protection from respondent’s associates
19Standard conditions of restraining orders
20Court may impose special conditions
21Duration of restraining order
22Power to vary restraining order
23Power to discharge restraining order
24Variation or discharge on behalf of minors, etc
25Offence to contravene restraining order
26Power to require person to supply name and address
28Police may release information to enable application for restraining order to be made
29Standard of proof
30Admission of evidence
31Applications may be heard together
32Vexatious proceedings
33Copies of orders to be sent to Police
34Appeals to High Court
35Application of provisions relating to minors, etc
36Appeals to Court of Appeal
37Appeals to be heard as soon as practicable
38Effect of appeal
39Power to clear court and restrict publication of proceedings
40Application for renewal or review of order made under section 39
41Contravention of orders made under section 39
42Rules of court
44Amendment to Summary Proceedings Act 1957
45Amendment to Electoral Act 1993
46Other remedies for harassment not limited or affected
Reprint notes

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