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.

Cigarette smuggling in New Zealand creates a black market worth $18 Million (28 Million New Zealand Dollars). About 255,000 packs of cigarettes are estimated to be smuggled each year.


Illegal logging activities in New Zealand creates losses of $222 Million (266 Million New Zealand Dollars) a year to the timber industry. The pulp, panel and paper industries lose the majority of the revenue, with $170 Million (203 New Zealand Dollars) lost to illegal logging.

(More environmental crime statistics.)


Unauthorized fishing in the waters off of New Zealand leads to an estimated 1,000 tons of abalone to be illegally fished.

Officially, up to 1,057 tons of abalone is allowed to be fished each year.

(More statistics about illegal fishing of abalone.)



Counterfeit goods seizures in New Zealand increased 300 percent between 2001 to 2007.

(More news about counterfeit goods.)


According to the Copyright Council of New Zealand, in 2005 the movie industry in the country lost up to 25 percent of its revenue to movie piracy, or $49 Million (70 million New Zealand Dollars).

Source: “NZFACT joins New Zealand Government In Encouraging Respect For IPR Among Young People,” Copyright Council of New Zealand, Press Release, April 18, 2008.