We are aware of 78 violent deaths (murders and manslaughters) notified in the press during 2009, the figure includes 13 children and young people under the age of 18 (in bold on the list below) a shocking number when you consider that many people's prime motivation for migrating to NZ is because its a 'great place to raise kids.'
Don't be taken in by the 'offical' murder statistics. A good lawyer can get a murder charge reduced to manslaughter if intent can't be proved, and the figures don't show that, due to advances in medical care, many serious injuries are more survivable now then they were thirty years ago. Then there are the scores of people who simply 'disappear' in New Zealand every year, such as Korean mother Jessica Chun who went missing on a Northland holiday or Srikanth Rayadurgam who vanished on his way to college in Auckland.
In New Zealand during 2008 79 charges for murder were brought before the courts, there were also 69 for attempted murder and 37 for manslaughter. A total of 185 cases.
Many people also don't know that NZ has the worlds third highest number of preventable child deaths per capita. In 2003 NZ was placed 25 out of 27 countries for child maltreatment deaths in the OECD. Source www.unicef.at/fileadmin/medien/pdf/repcard5e.pdf
Violent Deaths in 2010
26 March: A homicide inquiry was launched after a woman was stabbed to death in Remuera, another woman has been arrested on assault charges
10 March: A homicide investigation was launched after a men fell from a balcony in Auckland
19 February: A woman's body was discovered in a house in the Christchurch suburb of Huntsbury. A homicide investigation is underway and police are appealing for reports of suspicious activities and break ins over the past few days
12 February: The body of 27 year old Vanessa Pickering from New Brighton was discovered in the Godley Head area on the Banks Peninsula, near to Christchurch. A homicide investigation is underway. People are speculating that there may be a serial killer.
12 February: A woman's partially clothed body was found in Murphy's Park, Otahuhu. A homicide investigation is underway.
31 January: Taxi driver Hiren Mohini was stabbed to death in Auckland. A homicide investigation is underway
22 January: A body is found in Drake Street, New Plymouth at around 8pm. A homicide investigation is underway
19 January: Diane Elizabeth White. 53, was found battered to death with a hammer in Frankton, Hamilton. A murder investigation is underway and a 40 year old woman is in custody
13 January: A woman died after an assault at a flat in Kaikohe, a man has been arrested and a homicide investigation is underway
3 January: A man was found dead in Orewa. A 43 year old woman was charged with assault and murder
78 Violent Deaths in 2009
31 December: A 30 year old woman died after being stabbed at a house in Ruakaka at about 9.30pm. a 15 year old girl was subsquently charged with murder
22 December: A 45 year old man is found dead at his home in Taneatua, south of Whakatane, police launched a homicide investigation and later charged a 22 year old man with murder
22 December: Talented artist 43 year old Harry Faulkner was found dead at an address in Watling Street, Tauranga. Police arrested a 19 year old male in connection with his death
18 December: Darren Grace, 40, died during a struggle at a Christmas party on a yacht in Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
4 December: A 20 year old woman died from a gunshot wound in Warkworth, her partner has been charged with manslaughter.
23 November: Hawea Vercoe, 36, was visiting Whakatane when an unknown person punched him to the ground. The attack is believed to have been uprovoked.
19 November: A homicide investigation began after a man died on the street in Queenstown, a 35 year old man has been charged with assault
19 November: A homicide investigation was launched after a man died from head injuries in Bellmont Ave, Chartwell, Hamilton in the early hours of the morning. Another man was also injured
14 November: Troy Minto was shot dead in the Nelson suburb of Branford Park near a bridge on Maitai Valley Road at around 6pm.
4 November: Neighbours found a 70 year old woman beaten to death in her home in Kaitaia, Northland a homicide investigation was launched.
1 November: The body of Savelio Uati Peauvasa, 43, was found in a carpark at Otara Town Centre, he had head injuries. A homicide investigation was launched.
31 October: 20 year old Wini Miria Te Maia McLean was found dead in Benneydale, 35km southeast of Te Kuiti. Homicide police are investigating her death.
26 October: Care worker and mother Yvonne Marion Ross, aged 49, was found in the front yard of a vaant house in Pomona Street, Gore. Her death is being treated as suspicious.
24 October: 2 year old Karl Richard Arc Perigo-Check died from serious internal injuries at Wanganui Hospital, a homicide investigation is launched. At the same time businessman Colin Craig launches an appeal to protest march for 'democracy' - parental rights to hit their children (the "anti-smacking law") the disconnect is incredible.
12 October: Paul Carrodus, 44, died from stab wounds and head injuries he sustained last week in Onekawa, Napier, an 18 year old male has been charged with murder.
10 October: A man was shot to death in a house in Longview Rise, Massey, West Auckland, a woman was taken into custody.
4 October: A body is found in a car after a lone gunman shot at police and injured a farm worker in the Norsewood area of North Island. Nearby villages were put into lockdown and SH2 closed between Norsewood and Waipukurau as armed police searched for the offender.
3 October: 17 year old Kaine Ernest Lewis is found dead in the driveway of a home in Tawa Street, Murupara, 65km south east of Rotorua in the early hours of the morning. A homicide investigation started and links to gang activity will be examined.
26 Sept: 22 month old Hail-Sage McClutchie is taken from a home in Studholme St, Morrinsville with serious injuries, she died a few hours later. A homicide investigation started.
24 Sept: 33 year old Damien Loder Allen is found dead from a head injury in a house in Hillsborough, Auckland. His death has been reported to the coroner. Police lack sufficient evidence to make an arrest.
23 Sept: Mother of 3 Helen Meads was found shot dead in Banks Avenue, Matamata, Waikato. A man was later charged with her murder.
14 Sept: A man was found dead in Burrows Place, Ilam, Christchurch, also at the premises police discovered a badly injured woman who was then taken to hospital. A Homicide investigation was started.
14 Sept: Police were called to a house in Flaxmere, Hawke's Bay where they found the body of a 60 year old man. His death is presently being treated as suspicious .
7 Sept: A man died from his injuries in the early hours of the morning following a fight in Kumara, 25 km south of Greymouth. A homicide inquiry is launched. Only two weeks previously the mayor demanded a police presence in the town which has no community constable.
4 Sept: Man found dead with gunshot wound in Heretaunga Street, Palmerston North
30 Aug: A woman went missing and a man was later charged with her murder in Wainoni, Christchurch. Two bodies are then discovered beneath his house. Police are also investigating possible links to the disapperance of Trisha Lowry, who lived on the same street and Mellory Manning who died in Dec 08.
30 Aug: Layden Thomas Rameka, 32 from Waikoau was gunned down and his 8 year old son Zepplen-Solly shot in the arm during a conflict in Waikoau, near Tutira in Hawke's Bay
28 Aug: 46 year old Nigel McQueen was stabbed to death in Catalina Dr, Melville, Hamilton at around 5.45pm.
27 Aug: Thuong Si Nguyen, 32, found dead in a vehicle in Leith Court, Papatoetoe. Four people were arrested - 2 charged with possession of offensive weapons and 2 with assault
25 Aug: Andre James Delamare, 41, died on the way to hospital after being stabbed in Olliviers Road, Phillippstown, Christchurch at 6.30pm.
24 Aug: The body of a pre-term baby boy was discovered outside a home in Green Bay, West Auckland. A murder charge was later laid against an 18 year old woman.
23 Aug: Matthew Patrick Heagney, 24, of Blenheim died from head injuries outside a Blenheim bar. His death was being treated as "suspicious.
20 Aug: 3 year old Kash McKinnon died from head injuries, sustained whilst in the care of a 21 year old male. A homicide investigation started in Palmerston North.
17 Aug: Woman charged with murder after a man dies from stab wounds in Matahai Valley
11 Aug: Man's body found at an address in Mansfield Street, Newton. Screams heard before the body was discovered.
10 Aug: 39 year old mother of 4 found dead by her sister at 36 Cargill street, Papakura
8 Aug: 2 year old Jacqui Peterson-Davis dies in Kaitaia hospital, a woman is charged with assault and then murder
7 Aug: Timothy Constable, 24, died from stab wounds on a Christchurch street
17 Jul: 11 year old Triston Jermaine Papuni of Anaura Bay shot in chest with a gun whilst playing with his young cousin.
9 Jul: one of two people shot dead in Sunset Road, Mangakakahi, Rotorua
9 Jul: one of two people shot dead in Sunset Road, Mangakakahi, Rotorua
5 Jul: Scottish immigrant Lindsay Lamont died from stab wounds at her home in Ikamatua
3 Jul: Publican David White died after a punch to the head at the Little Wanganui Hotel
28 Jun: Paraplegic man armed with air gun was shot dead by the AOS, Burnside, Chch
26 Jun: 16 year old Jashana Robinson died in her Titahi Bay home
26 Jun: 21 year old Joelene Edmonds died in her Titahi Bay home
15 Jun: Waylin Te Rau Aroha Ngarangione, 19, dies from head injury after an incident in Manutuku
15 Jun: Piki Kingi of Hamilton found dead in his car following an assault
7 Jun: Koria Steven Matiaha, 25, died from severe head injuries after a beating in Masterton
5 Jun: Vivian Sinclair Hirini of Napier died after being found in his car with stab wounds
5 Jun: Trent Matthews, age 1, died. A woman charged with assault in Rotorua*
3 Jun: Katie Powles, age 26, died when her car was hit by another in Karaka, South Auckland a man is presently on trial for murder.
23 May: James Samuel Galloway died from a single stab wound in Turangi
12 May: Ms Nuttidar Vaikaew, 48, discovered beaten to death in Western Springs, Auckland
11 May: Paul Chong stabbed to death in Glenfield, North Shore
8 May: Tala Seleni, 55 found dead in her Linwood home
8 May: Melissa Nina Adcock, 32 found dead in herr Linwood home
7 May: Constable Len Snee shot during an armed siege in Napier
5 May: Man stabbed in San Angelo Court, Henderson
29 Apr: Richard Milton Jones age 64 died from severe injuries in Upper Hutt
18 Apr: Dean Peni, 29, died after an assault during a party in Flaxmere
27 Apr: Olo Fiti, 25, father of 4, found stabbed to death on a driveway in Otara
15 Apr: Terrance Carl Finch, 55, found dead after axe attack in Glenn Innes
8 Apr: 78 year old Grandfather Jasmatbhai Patel died after road rage attack
14 Mar: Woman beaten to death on a petrol station forecourt in Johnsonville
1 Mar: Tue Faave,23, died following an assault in Paremoremo prison
7 Mar: Jayrhis Ian Te Koha Lock-Tata, 5 weeks old, died from head injuries in Taupo, his father is charged with murder
26 Feb: Sanele Sanato, 36, from Glen Innes died of his injuries following an assault
17 Feb: Three year old Cherishsiliala Tahuri-Wright died after being found with serious injuries in Marton, a 56 year old woman is charged with her murder
17 Feb: Heather Rose Simons, A disabled woman from Wanganui died from a head injury sustained during an assault on Valentines Day. Her neighbour was later found guilty of her murder
27 Jan: 16 year old Jordan Herewini ran over and killed when caught in Mongrel Mob gang crossfire in Murupara
26 Jan: Moana Anahera Marie Aranui died from stab wounds on a street in St Kilda, Dunedin
25 Jan: Man died 9 days after a fight with his brother in Nelson
24 Jan: Mark Allen McCutcheon found with stab wounds in his ute near Ongaonga
23 Jan: Courier driver Halatau Kianamanu Naitoko age 17 (innocent bystander) killed in a in a shoot-out on an Auckland motorway
19 Jan: Woman died after an arson attack on her home in Pukekohe
15 Jan: Joanne Thompson beaten to death in her Waiau home
12 Jan: Gene Atkins, 28, is shot twice with a rifle in Haigh's Access Road, Redvale
* Rotorua was the town in which 4 year old Nia Glassie was tortured and beaten to death in August 2007
Last year New Zealand experienced 109 homicides, an increase of 23% on 2007 when there were only 88. (source Statistics NZ)
See also: Some child abuse cases in NZ
'Half a year of Hell in New Zealand' a six month round-up of sickening child abuse cases.