1999 New Zealand justice referendum

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1999 New Zealand justice referendum
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27 November 1999 (1999-11-27)

"Should there be a reform of our justice system placing greater emphasis on the needs of victims, providing restitution and compensation for them and imposing minimum sentences and hard labour for all serious violent offences?"

Votes %
Light brown x.svgNo169,6998.25%
Valid votes2,056,40498.90%
Invalid or blank votes22,8491.10%
Total votes2,079,253100.00%
Registered voters/turnout2,509,36582.86%

The justice referendum of 1999 was a Citizens Initiated Referendum held in New Zealand on 27 November 1999, based on the question:

"Should there be a reform of our justice system placing greater emphasis on the needs of victims, providing restitution and compensation for them and imposing minimum sentences and hard labour for all serious violent offences?"

As a citizens initiated referendum, the results of the vote were non-binding on the New Zealand government. As a result, the changes suggested in the referendum question were not implemented.


ElectorateYes Green check.svgNo Red x.svgTotal valid votes Informal votes Total votes countedElectors on Roll Turnout
Total [1] 91.75%1,886,7058.25%169,6992,056,40422,8492,079,2532,509,36582.86%
Albany 93.17%31,9596.83%2,34134,30030734,60741,81582.76%
Aoraki 94.18%32,0265.82%1,98034,00633434,34039,66586.58%
Auckland Central 83.56%26,11616.44%5,13831,25464231,89639,93479.87%
Banks Peninsula 89.20%33,30510.80%4,03437,33939937,73842,58488.62%
Bay of Plenty 95.05%32,7864.95%1,70934,49526234,75741,63083.49%
Christchurch Central 88.69%28,72711.31%3,66432,39140532,79640,08381.82%
Christchurch East 93.36%30,0736.64%2,13832,21124332,45438,06185.27%
Clutha-Southland 94.71%29,0565.29%1,62230,67825930,93737,16783.24%
Coromandel 94.1132,4965.89%2,03434,53036734,89740,27886.64%
Dunedin North 87.62%27,25212.38%3,85031,10248231,58436,88585.63%
Dunedin South 92.61%33,1257.39%2,64335,76831636,08441,68686.56%
Total [1] 91.75%1,886,7058.25%169,6992,056,40422,8492,079,2532,509,36582.86%

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  1. 1 2 "7.1 Returns of Citizens Initiated Referendum Poll Votes" (PDF). Elections New Zealand. 27 November 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2010.