A selection of those featured on the site. Click photo to
New Zealand police have launched a 21st-century version
of the old western 'Wanted' poster.
Members of the public can from today view photos and details
of wanted people on the police website at www.police.govt.nz/wanteds
Police say people feature on the site either because they are
wanted for arrest or need to be identified in relation to a
crime, for example as a suspect or witness.
Police in Wellington and Eastern Districts are the first to
post to the new site section but all police districts are
expected to have access in about eight weeks.
National Crime Manager, Detective Superintendent Rod Drew
says the site is an additional tool for police to help track
"It's going to give us a much broader audience of people with
potential information about those we're looking for.
"We will still be using local media and Police Ten 7 to help
us track down people, but offenders can move about pretty
quickly, so having a national site gives us extra eyes out
there," Mr Drew said.
"NZ police has a high level of support from the public, which
we are grateful for. This is another way for people to help
us get offenders off the street."
The site has two sections, one for people who are wanted to
arrest on criminal charges and another for people who police
want to identify.
"The wanted to identify postings are people who police are
interested in speaking with in connection to a crime or
"These people may have been caught on CCTV cameras and we
will post a still shot of the footage on the site."
Not all people who are wanted by police will appear on the
site. An image will only be posted if there are reasons of
urgency, or the person cannot reasonably be located by other