New Zealand Child Abuse Statistics

On average, 1 child dies every 5 weeks in New Zealand.

Between 1 January 2019 and 30 November 2019, 11 children and young people have died as a result of homicide in New Zealand.

The Homicide Report

Released 13 May 2019

  • Every 8th homicide victim in New Zealand from 2004 to 31 March 2019 was a child
  • More than two thirds of the victims were aged 2 or under
  • Of the cases where the killer's relationship to the victim was known, 27% were mothers, 24% were fathers, and 17% were de facto partners.


Released 15 June 2017

  • New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the OECD
  • New Zealand has the 6th highest teen pregnancy rate in the OECD
  • New Zealand has the 7th highest rate of child homicide in the OECD.


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Our Data – You Asked Us, NZ Police

Quarterly Report to 30 September 2019, Oranga Tamariki