New Zealand is generally a safe country to live in.
In international surveys, New Zealand is rated one of the most peaceful, least corrupt countries.
- New Zealand is second out of 163 countries on the 2018 Global Peace Index.
- New Zealand’s homicide rate is just 1.3 in every 100,000 people – the OECD average is 3.6.
- New Zealand is ranked 6th on SafeAround.coms’s list of world’s safest countries, with a safety index score of 90.2%.
However, keeping yourself and your family safe in different situations is important. You may find some of the safety concerns in New Zealand are different from those in your home country.
The information in this section will inform you about laws that keep people safe in New Zealand, New Zealand’s emergency services, ways to stay safe in different situations and how to prepare for natural disasters.