The way we treat those who break the law says a lot about NZ. Some reckon it says we’re not doing enough to help those who break the law back into society, while others say a harsher approach is necessary to protect New Zealanders from crime.
New Zealand has one of the largest prison populations per capita in the developed world. And half of all prisoners are Māori, but Māori are 15 per cent of the population. There is no room left in prisons, and the government is planning to build more.
Governments tend to say crime is falling, while the opposition tend to say it’s on the rise. This election a number of parties from across the board say we need more police. But staff numbers is far from the only question about policing.