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NZ's most dangerous public spots revealed

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/05/2016
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New Zealand's most dangerous public places have been revealed by Statistics NZ.

There were 24,035 public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies recorded by New Zealand Police in 2015.

Auckland Central West recorded the most attacks in the last year with 550, followed by the Willis Street-Cambridge Terrace intersection in Wellington with 447 while Hamilton Central had 380.

Christchurch's Cathedral Square - which reported 305 incidents - had the highest victimisation rate per 10,000 population, but the stat is heavily inflated by the small number of people who live in the area.

Though, it does suggest that people visiting local institutions are responsible for the violence.

Around one in five New Zealand areas - 417 out of 2020 - recorded no incidents at all during the past year, while more than three-quarters of the smaller meshblocks were also public violence free.

The national average rate of public place assaults, robberies and sexual assaults is 52 per 10,000 population and around one-sixteenth of New Zealand's total crime.


1. Auckland Central West - 550 victimisations

2. Willis Street-Cambridge Street, Wellington - 447

3. Hamilton Central - 380

4. Auckland Central East - 375

5. Cathedral Square, Christchurch - 305

6. Auckland Harbourside - 253

7. Manukau Central - 192

8. Palmerston North Central - 190

9. Kuirau, Rotorua - 168

10. Tauranga Central - 167

Source: Stats NZ

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