Police powers

Other resources

Community Law


The Community Law website contains legal information, education, and law reform resources about the police. Your local Community Law Centre can provide free initial legal advice about any issue relating to the police.

YouthLaw Aotearoa


YouthLaw provides free legal advice for young people throughout New Zealand. The YouthLaw website provides great information for young people about the law.

Phone: 0800 UTHLAW (0800 884 529) Email: nzyouthlaw@gmail.com

“You and the police” (Law Society pamphlet)

This pamphlet has information about what to do when being questioned or arrested by the police. You can access the pamphlet online at: www.lawsociety.org.nz/news-and-communications/guides-to-the-law

You can also order hardcopies from:

Phone: (04) 472 7837 Email: pamphlets@lawsociety.org.nz

Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA)


The IPCA receives and investigates complaints against the police. A complaint form is available online.

Phone: 0800 503 728 Email: enquiries@ipca.govt.nz

Legal aid


The Ministry of Justice website has a range of information about legal aid.

It also has information about the Police Detention Legal Assistance Scheme (free legal help when someone is being held, arrested or questioned by the police) – go to: www.justice.govt.nz/courts/going-to-court/legal-aid/legal-help/in-police-custody

You can also order hard copies of Ministry of Justice pamphlets from:

Phone: 0800 587 847 Email: publications@justice.govt.nz

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During the Covid 19 response, most Community Law Centres are still giving free legal support by phone and/or online.

Please find the contact details of your nearest Community Law Centre here to access their services.

We’re updating legal rights information during COVID 19 response right now and will have that information available on our website soon. Watch this space.

For now, you will also find out useful information on our Community Law Manual Facebook page.

The distribution of resources from our Online Bookshop are on hold until further notice.

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