New Zealand survey suggests real crime figures could be seven times official tally

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First national survey by justice ministry finds Māori more likely to be victims of crime

Māori are bearing the brunt as victims of crime in New Zealand, with a landmark survey suggesting that seven times more crimes occur than end up being recorded by police.

Eight thousand people were interviewed for the Ministry of Justice’s crimes and victims survey, the country’s first, with 29% of New Zealanders saying they had been a victim of crime in the past 12 months.

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