New Zealand First takes a strong line on Law and Order. It is a basic right of all New Zealanders to live in a safe society.  New Zealand First believes in safe, secure communities where people and their property are respected and protected.

New Zealand First recognizes that the rights of the victims are paramount, and that the offender's rights are subordinate to the rights of both the victim and the state.

New Zealand First will:

  • Reintroduce the chargeable offence of being intoxicated and disorderly in public, to include intoxication from the use of drugs whether legal or illicit.
  • Introduce legislation to ban all criminal gangs, in line with those of several Australian States.
  • Institute a Castle Doctrine law, empowering New Zealanders to defend themselves and protect their homes and families with all necessary force.
  • Introduce cumulative sentencing for offenders convicted of more than one crime.
  • Recognize that Life should mean Life and set a mandatory minimum non-parole period of 40 years for premeditated murder.
  • Review bail, sentencing and parole laws including recent changes to these laws, in order to address public concerns and expectations.
  • Get more front line police, like the 1000 extra we found between 2005-2008.
  • Bolster the services of the Maori Wardens,
  • Set up a public paedophile register and ensure that sex offenders, not responding to rehabilitation, are not returned to our streets.
  • Ask our Courts to give judgements that make common sense


We believe that present level of resourcing for the police is insufficient and numbers of front-line staff too low, to provide adequate safety and security for law-abiding people. New Zealand should at the very least have parity with Australia in terms of numbers of sworn police staff per capita. During 2005-2008 New Zealand First brought in an extra 1,000 extra frontline police.

Pay and conditions for police officers and staff should be comparable to those in Australia to reflect the value of the service which police provide to the community and to assist in the recruitment and retention of good police officers in New Zealand.

New Zealand First will:

  • End the use of sole-charge police stations. We will provide minimum double staffing of all existing sole-charge stations. Sufficient additional Police will be recruited and trained to meet such requirements.
  • Put extra police on the beat and more patrol cars on the road, day and night.  End the use of single-staffing of patrol cars on routine and scheduled patrol at night. We will provide minimum double-manning of all such marked and front-line police vehicles. Sufficient additional police will be recruited and trained to meet these requirements.
  • Ensure a clear focus on crime prevention and investigation. Sufficient numbers of support staff will be employed so frontline officers are not tied up with paperwork.
  • Officially separate Traffic Police from General Duties Police.
  • Clarify rules around passing lanes, overtaking, and speed while overtaking. Exceeding the speed limit for the purposes of executing an overtaking manoeuvre as quickly and safely as possible will be permitted as a defence in the contesting of speeding infringement notices, particularly with regards to passing lanes. We will ensure the active enforcement of the speed limit for the left-hand lane of a set of passing lanes, and the enforcement of the requirement to use the left-hand lane when not passing unless there are no other vehicles using the passing lanes or attempting to pass.
  • Provide proper and adequate resourcing for Community Policing, including Māori Wardens, Pasifika Wardens, and Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Provide fast, easy access for police officers to all the tools and equipment required to do their jobs properly, including firearms as necessary.
  • Institute active engagement by police with our schools and communities to build trust and to help prevent and solve crime.
  • Review police pay and conditions with the goal of achieving parity with those in Australia.


New Zealand First's firearms policy is based on two important and complementary fundamental principles; firstly, that the public have a right to be protected from those with the potential to misuse firearms.

Secondly, that law-abiding firearms licence holders have the right to use firearms safely and responsibly for hunting, target shooting, recreation, pest control and other lawful purposes.

New Zealand First will:

  • Restore the Lifetime Licence, with an amnesty for lifetime licence holders who did not renew when the licence was changed to a 10 year licence.
  • Scrap the MSSA classification, but retain the ‘E’ category licence for those permitted to use large capacity magazines. Establish a separate Firearms Authority independent of the Police, to oversee the implementation and enforcement of firearms-related law.
  • Restrict the ownership of powerful and realistic replica airguns to FAL holders regardless of age.
  • Increase minimum strength standards for ‘A’ category gun safes including a requirement for steel construction.
  • Restore the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting in all gauges.
  • Provide police with the necessary resources and powers to scrutinize and vet the suitability of individuals to own firearms (including the right to access medical records).
  • Review the results of Firearm Law Reforms implemented in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
  • Increase penalties (including minimum sentences) for firearm offences including improper possession and improper storage.
  • Resource increased random inspections of licensees premises to check the security of firearms.

Binge Drinking

There is an alarming binge drinking and drug culture in New Zealand. This is causing serious anti-social and harmful behaviour in many communities.

Clearly, the current law is no disincentive. It does not prevent people from doing harm to themselves or to others. Without serious penalties there is no reason why things will change.

New Zealand First has drafted legislation to tackle binge drinking and the drug affected. New Zealand First legislation will make it an offence to be drunk or drug affected in a public place or while trespassing on private property, to a degree that could cause serious harm to themselves or someone else.

This law will provide penalties of up to $2000, or up to three months in prison.

Rt Hon Winston Peters MP on this policy

"New Zealand First takes a strong line on Law and Order. It is a basic right of all New Zealanders to live in a safe society. New Zealand First believes in safe, secure communities where people and their property are respected and protected."