The Sensible Sentencing Trust believes in an open and transparent Justice System.
Unlike other countries, New Zealand does not have a government managed system for the public to access criminal records however SST strongly believes that this is a priority to protect the public and help keep offenders accountable for their criminal actions.
We have been gathering court and media information since 2001 to collate and publish a database; one for both Serious Violent Offenders and for Paedophiles and Sexual Offenders. It has been set up firstly as a service to the New Zealand public and secondly in order to encourage the government to make criminal records for this type of offender publicly available online as is done overseas in Australia, the USA, and to a lesser extent Britain.
Please note however:
- The database is not complete. It is a work in progress and probably always will be;
- The database is created and managed entirely by voluntary labour;
- For every offender listed here, we estimate that there are another five serious violent offenders or sexual offenders currently in circulation in New Zealand that we have not yet managed to list as yet.
To submit information on any new offender HERE
Some offenders will be listed on both databases, as they have committed both types of offences (violent and sexual). This is more common than you would think.
- We do not underestimate the impact of fraud, theft and other non-violent offences, but we must set some limits on what is already an overwhelming task!
- We have also added a Database Sentencing Tracker for those wishing to look at offenders by sentence length.
- We are very much dependent on information in the media – and rely on the public – that is, people like you – to fill in the gaps that we cannot. Submit additional information or corrections HERE
- We endeavor to make this database as accurate as possible, but we are at the mercy of whatever information we can find in various online and offline archives, and whatever else we can find. If you do spot an error, please let us know – we want to get it right, but we WILL need your help to make it so! Naturally if serious criminal records were available online as in a number of overseas jurisdictions we would no longer need to worry….
- And as we mentioned above, this is far from being a complete listing, particularly for offenders prior to 1998. Information for these offenders is not easy to come by, and any that people out there can advise us of we will appreciate hearing about! If we’ve missed someone it’s because we haven’t got to them yet!
Definition of “At large”
We do not use “at large” in its strict legal sense, but more to denote that the offender concerned is out in the community and not either in prison or on home detention. This is because from the viewpoint of the public their primary concern is “is this person able to reside in and freely move about in my community?” rather than “is this person on parole or under supervision in my community?” Given the number of times offenders have re-offended whilst on parole, bail or “under supervision” (a meaningless phrase given the limited resources of the probation service) we prefer to look at this from the perspective of the public and of the offender’s victims, rather from the perspective of the legal system. One of the purposes of the database is to enable the public (and often victims) to better manage risk to themselves and their families. For this purpose the legal distinctions between “at large” in its strictly legal sense and “at large” in the practical sense of the actual whereabouts of the offender are largely meaningless.
If you wish to advise of a new offender OR submit additional information or a correction for any of the offenders already on these databases CLICK HERE
If you wish to see a record removed from this database certain conditions must be met by the offender set out HERE
Submitting an Offender or additional information for Offender Databases
We do not enter into correspondence regarding the guilt/innocence of offenders. Such correspondence is not responded to.
If you wish to advise us of the death of an offender we need EITHER a link to a media article OR a scan or photocopy of the death notice in the paper or death certificate or some other proof. This can be either emailed it to us here, Or failing this, photocopies may be mailed to us at
Sensible Sentencing Trust,
PO Box 701, Napier 4140,
If you are advising us of a new offender not already on the database, we MUST HAVE the following information to be able to proceed;
- Name – including middle names if at all possible, especially for a common first/last name combination;
- Legal description of at least the primary offence(s) – e.g. sexual violation, grievous bodily harm;
- Date the offender was convicted in court – at least the month and year;
- Location of offence(s) – region, town or suburb is all we need.
The above pieces of information are vital – without them we will be unable to proceed. In addition, these pieces of information in order of importance will be helpful please
- A link to a media article about the conviction or offence
- Copy of the Sentencing Notes
- Age of the offender (either now or at the time of the offence or conviction – please advise which)
- Date of the offence(s) (month and year at least)
- The length and type sentence handed down in court
- Date of the sentencing
- Any known gang association the offender had or has
- Details of any known criminal associates
- Current location if known (exact address not needed, suburb and/or town is all we need)
If you have info or corrections you wish to advise us of, please feel free to email us at HERE
Should you have a printed media article or court documents such as sentencing notes for example please send us a copy via either email (scanned or PDF’s) (our contact page) or post to:
Sensible Sentencing Trust,
PO Box 701, Napier 4140,
Offenders Database Disclaimer
- Warning: The information in these databases has been compiled by volunteers from media sources, sentencing notes and other court documents, reports from law enforcement and other sources, both formal and informal. Information can change. There will be gaps in data received. The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) tries hard for accuracy out of fairness to all concerned, but cannot be sure that the information in these databases can be more complete or accurate than the sources. Any reliance on this website is at your own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the SST disclaims all liability for errors or omissions or any failure to update or correct this information.
- Corrections: If you believe that any information on this website is inaccurate, please contact the web administrator HERE
- Uses: This information is made available out of respect for the truth and importance of it to victims, and to protect the public. It does not include all information received on all offenders. Any user of information from this site, including but not limited to the details of any offender or offence, should make their own enquiries and satisfy themselves as to the veracity and reliability of the information.
- If you have current concerns regarding an offender on this website please contact your local police station.
- Use of this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family may attract criminal prosecution and civil liability.