Hate incidents

Radio NZ report:

Police now have two years worth of data on the types of hate incidents reported across New Zealand – including regional breakdowns and the demographics targeted – but it’s unclear when the country will make hate crimes a standalone offence, nearly five years on from the Christchurch terror attacks.

The number of hate incidents reported to police has increased by 12 percent between 2022 and 2023.

Race-motivated abuse made up 83 percent of all complaints over the past two years, followed by incidents targeting people’s sexual orientation (9.7 percent), and those targeting people of a certain faith (5.8 percent).

Of the 9351 hate incidents reported between January 2022 and January 2024, more than a third targeted people of Asian descent, followed by 8.9 percent aimed at people of colour and 7.2 percent targeting Maori.

Sad but not surprising that Asian New Zealanders get the most racial abuse.

Of interest is that 11.2% of incidents were targeted at Europeans. Of course they make up the largest share of the population.

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