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We endeavour 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 it's 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 reoffended 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 offenders 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 whereabout 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
The databases have been set up firstly as a service to the New Zealand public, and secondly in order to encourage the government to make criminal records of such offenders publically available and online as is done overseas in Australia, the USA, and to a lesser extent Britain. Our reasons for doing so are explained in greater depth here.