New Zealand Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from New Zealand’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

In 2010, the average price of ecstasy in Auckland, New Zealand was $34 per pill (41 New Zealand Dollar), down from the average price of $41 (50 New Zealand Dollar) in 2009.

(Ecstasy prices from the United Nations.)

Source: Martin Johnson, “Survey: ecstasy use up, meth down,” New Zealand Herald, September 8, 2011.

In 2011, there were about 3,500 prostitutes working across New Zealand. 1,700 prostitutes are reported to be working in Auckland.

Prostitution was decriminalized in 2003 in New Zealand.

See the number of prostitutes in other countries here.

Source: Neil Sands, “NZ’s brothels gear up for busy World Cup,” Sydney Morning Herald, September 4, 2011.

Cannabis was the most used illegal drug by people in New Zealand, followed by amphetamines, according to data in the 2011 World Drug Report.

(Marijuana prices around the world.)

Source: “World Drug Report 2011,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, June 2011, page 137.


Up to one-third of the 1,700 sex workers in Auckland, New Zealand are Chinese women.

The average charge per hour of sex workers in the area is $100. Services with the Chinese women are on average $40 per hour.

(Price to have sex with a prostitute by country.)

Source: Lincoln Tan, “Chinese prostitutes worry sex industry,” New Zealand Herald, April 11, 2011.

$334 Million (400 Million New Zealand Dollars) worth of tuna is illegally fished in the Pacific Ocean near New Zealand each year.

Source: AFP, “N.Zealand urges US-Australia on Pacific fisheries,” Sydney Morning Herald, February 21, 2011.

Seizures of cocaine in New Zealand:

2008: 733 grams.

2009: 3,000 grams (3 kilograms).

2010: 10,000 grams (10 kilograms).

(More statistics about crime in New Zealand here.)

Source: “Cocaine smugglers ‘targeting NZ'”, New Zealand Herald, December 15, 2010.

Drug trafficking in New Zealand caused a gram of methamphetamine to be sold for $533 (738 New Zealand) in 2009, up from the $440 (610 New Zealand) per gram in 2006.

(Additional meth facts from around the world.)

Source: Andrew Laxon, “Police busts push up price of P,” New Zealand Herald, September 1, 2010.

Of all the prostitutes working in the legal prostitution industry in New Zealand, 1.3 percent of prostitutes are children.

Source: US Department of State, “Country Narratives: New Zealand,” Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, June 2010.

According to the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, Somalia is the most corrupt nation in the world, followed by Afghanistan.

The least corrupt nation is New Zealand, followed by Denmark.

(More on the impact of corruption worldwide.)

Source:  Phyllis Korkki, “The Countries Most Known for Corruption,” New York Times, December 5, 2009.

The illegal trade in marijuana in New Zealand is estimated to be valued at $98 Million (150 Million New Zealand Dollars).

(Additional marijuana facts and statistics.)

Source:  Chris Wilkins and Sally Casswell, “The cannabis black market and the case for the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand,” Social Policy Journal of New Zealand: Issue 18, June 2002.