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Waikato farmers are supporting the new gun registry, Police say. Photo: SUPPLIED

Waikato gun owners get behind new firearms registry

Waikato firearms owners have registered 8189 firearms to date, Police say.
Licenced firearms owners across the country have responded well to the registry, with it taking just seven months to get to the 100,000th firearm recorded into the system.
This is from nearly 10 percent of the approximately 235,000 licence holders in New Zealand.
Te Tari Pūreke Firearms Safety Authority executive director, Angela Brazier said she’d like to thank all responsible firearms owners who had filled in the registry.
So far, Canterbury is the area with the highest number of firearms registered with 14,289, Southern follows closely with 12,616, Central with 12,119, Bay of Plenty 10,098, Waitematā 8582, and then Waikato with 8189.
Ms Brazier is urging all of Waikato’s 21,954 firearms licence holders to register their firearms.
“The firearms registry is all about preventing firearms getting into the wrong hands,” she said.
“Digitising the licencing system enhances our ability to detect unlawful and criminal activity.

“Along with preventing the sale and purchase of stolen firearms, the registry provides a better way for Police to trace where firearms used by criminals have come from.”
Disrupting the flow of firearms to criminals worked in tandem with other Policing initiatives that target organised criminal groups and gangs, she said. “These separate but complementary strategies are together making it harder for criminals to possess and use firearms and are making our communities safer.
“When fully rolled out, the registry will provide a picture of all lawfully held firearms and arms items in New Zealand.
“This will give greater transparency when firearms are changing hands and ultimately make the availability of firearms to the black market more difficult,” Ms Brazier said.
DETAILS: To register your firearms online, head to or call 0800 844 431 Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm, except public holidays.