Safe & secure

While feeling safe is a luxury in many places, it’s one that New Zealanders are accustomed to.

We’re not saying serious crime doesn’t exist here - it does - but the rates are lower in New Zealand than in many other countries.

Compared to what goes on in many other parts of the world we’re an easy-going and happy country largely free of personal violence and strife between communities.

Kids on scooters in New Zealand

It’s why so many Kiwis who have lived overseas return home when it's time to have a family.

Peace of mind

We’re rated in international surveys as one of the world’s most peaceful, least corrupt countries.

The 2015 Global Peace Index, which compares 162 countries for the risk of personal violence, rates New Zealand as the world's fourth safest country just after Iceland, Denmark and Austria. 

Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perception Index ranks us the second least corrupt country in the world, just behind Denmark.

We don’t even have any seriously dangerous wildlife for you to worry about.

About the only thing that might be in danger from an animal is your vehicle. Kea, parrot-like birds found at higher altitudes in the South Island, sometimes display a taste for the rubber on windscreens, doors and mirrors.

Global Peace Index | Vision of Humanity

Corruption Perception Index | Transparency International

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John and Tina talk about the friendly community in NZ

John and Tina talk about the friendly community they found in New Zealand

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Peaceful community

New Zealanders are by and large open-minded and believe people should be free to live the lifestyle they choose.

There are laws to prevent people abusing anyone’s freedom of expression and speech, and we have a reliable and trustworthy police force you can turn to which solves a comparatively high number of all crimes.

Police don’t harass you here. They have strict rules they must follow and can’t act arbitrarily. As a rule they don't carry personal firearms.

Freedom of movement

Because it’s pretty safe and secure, you and your family can feel free to get out and enjoy everything New Zealand has to offer.

You can expect to walk or cycle the streets, play in playgrounds, catch public transport and generally do the things you want to do without fear.

You can enjoy New Zealand's open spaces at will, discover the beaches, have fun in the playgrounds and parks, picnic, explore the bush, climb mountains and cycle to your heart’s content.

Family exploring Wellington, New Zealand

Your family can enjoy everything New Zealand has to offer.

Otari-Wilton Bush, Wellington

A fair deal

In many countries the blight of corruption makes everyday life uncertain and difficult. Not in New Zealand.

Hidden or unadvertised fees are usually illegal and enforcement is supported by Kiwis’ in-built expectations of ‘fair play’, integrity, honesty and trust. There are cases of corruption, but they make headlines because of their relative rarity.

You can expect to pay the advertised price or fee for services and goods and no more. You can also expect officials and people in authority do what they’re supposed to do without requiring extra cash, ‘service fees’ or favours.

For more on consumer’s rights in New Zealand visit Consumer, our independent consumer watch-dog.

Consumer rights | Consumer New Zealand

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Page last updated: 26/09/2016

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