New Zealand rates for assaults, sexual assaults and robberies in 2015 mapped
Or, in other words, some areas with high crime rates may have small populations and, therefore, the overall number of crimes is low.
To take this further, the central suburb of Queenstown Hill in the resort town has a resident population of 4100 and 113 instances of people being victimised. Its rate per 10,000 is 276, five times the national average.
In a larger centre, such as Christchurch’s Hagley Park, there is a high assault rate of 769 per 10,000, but the number of crimes, at 80, and the resident population, at 1040, are relatively low, which gives a high “per 10,000” rate.
Bearing this in mind, and the prevalence of nightlife in city centres and tourist hotspots, Cathedral Square in Christchurch has the highest rate of public violent crime, 100 times more than the national average.
In Auckland’s Central West area, which has a relatively large population of 15,900, the number of crimes was high, at 550 much higher than Christchurch, and its rate per 10,000 was 346.
Haast for example, has a higher than the national average rate, but the figures show there were four incidents of assault, sexual assault and robbery. With a small resident population of 260, this gives a rate per 10,000 three times the average at 154.