The Sensible Sentencing Trust believes in an open and transparent Justice System.
Unlike other countries, New Zealand does not have a government managed system of public access to 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 our own public database, with a focus on serious violent 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.
Notes about our database:
- 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 we list, we estimate at least five times more offenders;
- 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 are very much dependent on information in the media ñ 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 do not enter into correspondence regarding the guilt/innocence of offenders. Such correspondence is not responded to.
Submit New Offender
If you wish to advise us of a new offender OR submit additional information or a correction for any of the offenders already on the database click here.
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 also be very helpful:
- 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 ñ 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).
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) or post to:
Sensible Sentencing Trust
PO Box 701
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.
Offenders Database Disclaimer
Please read this before proceeding to Databases
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 database manager 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.
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,
Removal From Offender Database
If you wish to see a record removed from this database certain conditions must be met by the offender, set out below;
Contract for removal from Offender Database
Note : this contract is ONLY available to violent offenders who meet all of the following conditions;
- Are not the primary offender in a case of homicide or rape/ sexual violation.
- Have not been convicted for any sexual offence against or involving a minor, i.e. paedophilia, possession/distribution of child pornography etc.
- Have not committed any offence violent or otherwise for a period not less than 5 years.
- Have not committed a sexual offence against an adult (i.e person over 16) for a period not less than 10 years (note that this does NOT include rape/ sexual violation as above).
- Have not committed a serious violent offence (e.g. grevious bodily harm, assault with a deadly weapon) for a period not less than 10 years.
- Have a person close to them that is willing to vouch for and confirm the above.
Setting up this contract;
- Either print this page out or copy and paste the Contract below into word or similar
- Sign it, and ensure that the other person that is vouching for you also sign it
- Either fax it back to us at the Sensible Sentencing Office fax number (06 8355520), or scan the signed contract and email it to us here.
In order to remove details from the Sensible Sentencing Database, the following conditions must be agreed to;
- I agree that I have not committed any criminal act or offence for the 10 years after the completion of my sentence or release from custody, or if it is assault with non-aggravating features for a period of 5 years after the completion of my sentence or release from custody;
- I give permission for the Sensible Sentencing Trust or itís agents to perform background checks in order to confirm that this is the case;
- I agree that any further offending by myself will result in the reinstatement of the file to the public online database complete with ALL offences;
- I agree to supply a complete list of my previous convictions (available from www.justice.govt.nz/services/criminal-records);
- I will provide contact details of a person close to me who has agreed to vouch for me and confirm this information.
Note : In cases of murder, manslaughter, rape, sexual violation or for any sexual offence/act involving a victim/complainant under the age of 16 an offender’s record may ONLY be removed with the written approval of the victim. However even with the victims’ written approval the Sensible Sentencing may decline to remove an offender’s file if it thinks the offender is a potential risk to public safety and therefore the offender’s file must stay on the Sensible Sentencing Database in those interests.