15 Aug 2014

Group hails sex offender register

12:55 pm on 15 August 2014

An organisation dealing with sex offenders says a Government plan to start a register of sex offenders will make its work more manageable.

Anne Tolley.

Anne Tolley. Photo: RNZ

Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley said the register would be held on a secure database and not available for public access.

Te Ohaakii a Hine, the National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together, said it made sense for the register to be accessible only to relevant agencies.

Spokesperson Russel Smith said the register would enable his organisation to understand the background of some sex offenders.

Mr Smith said his only concern was that the agencies sharing information must have a tight security system in place.

Ms Tolley says registration will be required both of offenders convicted in New Zealand, and those who move here after a relevant conviction overseas.