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The New Zealand Police is the country's lead agency responsible for reducing crime and enhancing community safety.

It provides policing services 24 hours a day and operates from more than 400 community-based police stations around the country. The New Zealand Police operates by land, sea and air and – with more than 11,000 staff – responds to more than 600,000 emergency calls each year.

The Commissioner of Police is appointed by the Governor General and is accountable to the Minister of Police for the administration of police services, whilst acting independently in carrying out law enforcement decisions.

Nationally, the New Zealand Police has 12 Districts, which are administered from the Police national headquarters in Wellington. A number of national service centres provide administrative and specialized support nationwide.

The functions of the New Zealand Police include:

  • Keeping the peace;
  • Maintaining public safety;
  • Law enforcement;
  • Crime prevention;
  • Community support and reassurance;
  • National security;
  • Participation in policing activities outside New Zealand;
  • Emergency management.

INTERPOL Wellington

INTERPOL Wellington is located at the New Zealand Police national headquarters, and sits structurally within the International Services Group. The Commissioner of Police is the Head of NCB, although the day to day running of the NCB is delegated to the Head of NCB. 


To provide a conduit enabling the exchange of information and the provision of investigative assistance between the New Zealand Police and law enforcement agencies in INTERPOL member countries.

Services provided

  • Assistance to investigators requiring international enquiries;
  • Next-of-kin notification (deaths and humanitarian assistance) for New Zealand citizens abroad and for foreign nationals in New Zealand;
  • Providing access to New Zealand Customs Border information, including the placing of monitoring and arrest alerts and querying the movement of passengers across the New Zealand border;
  • Obtaining criminal history checks from and for law enforcement agencies in INTERPOL member countries;  
  • Coordination and assistance in relation to extraditions both to and from New Zealand;
  • Administrative assistance for enquiries generated by New Zealand Police liaison officers based overseas;
  • Mutual assistance pursuant to the New Zealand Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act.


  • Head of NCB;
  • Three Senior Investigators (Detective Sergeant rank);
  • Three administrative support staff.
INTERPOL Wellington in action
02 March 2017

Anti-wildlife trafficking operation results in global arrests and seizures

LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.The results, announced ahead of World Wildlife Day (3 March), mark INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to supporting its 190 member countries in co...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
15 January 2015

New Zealand requests INTERPOL Purple Notices to identify networks behind illegal fishing

LYON, France – At the request of New Zealand, INTERPOL Purple Notices have been issued to seek information on the individuals and networks behind three vessels fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.The Purple Notices, which are used to seek or provide information on modi operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals, have been cir...
05 December 2013

Countries unite to identify illegal fishing vessel via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A joint effort by New Zealand, Australia and Norway to find a vessel suspected of illegal fishing has led to the publication of an INTERPOL Purple Notice to assist in identifying its location.Circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries the Notice, requested by New Zealand supported by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)...
05 March 2010

INTERPOL co-ordinated operation targets illegal trade in wildlife medical products

LYON, France - An international operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting the illegal trade in traditional medicines containing protected wildlife products has resulted in a series of arrests worldwide and the seizure of thousands of illegal medicines worth more than EUR 10 million.National wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and speciali...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...
13 November 2008

Illegal online medicine suppliers targeted in first international Internet day of action

The first international Internet day of action co-ordinated by the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, INTERPOL and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT), targeting the illegal online sale of medicines to the public has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure...

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