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Organised crime in New Zealand shares many characteristics with the situation in Australia, Canada, and other western countries in the region. Drug trafficking is widely seen as the most significant organised crime problem and New Zealand is simultaneously a transit point for illicit drugs trafficked across the Pacific Ocean and a destination for precursors and substances manufactured overseas. New Zealand first introduced organised crime provisions into its Crimes Act 1961 in 1997 - in the same year and under very similar circumstances as Canada. This chapter briefly outlines the offence as first introduced in 1997 and then explores the current provisions in greater detail. A further amendment proposed in February 2009 with the Gang and Organised Crime Bill is finally discussed.

Keywords: crime offence; Crimes Act; New Zealand; organised crime



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