executions in the world:

In 2023


2000 to present



  • Abolitionist
  • retentionist
  • De facto abolitionist
  • Moratorium on executions
  • Abolitionist for ordinary crimes
  • Committed to abolishing the death penalty


government: parliamentary democracy (New Zealand Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm
state of civil and political rights: Free
constitution: consists of a series of legal documents, including certain acts of the UK and New Zealand Parliaments, as well as The Constitution Act 1986, which is the principal formal charter; adopted 1 January 1987, effective 1 January 1987
legal system: based on English law, with special land legislation and land courts for the Maori
legislative system: unicameral House of Representatives
judicial system: Supreme Court; Court of Appeal; High Court; note - judges appointed by the Governor-General
religion: Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, other Christian
death row:
year of last executions: 0-0-0
death sentences: 0
executions: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:



Asia, Middle East, Australia and Oceania