Prime Minister John Key does not see the need for an inquiry into child sex abuse, like the one announced in Australia on Monday.
The federal government is setting up a Royal Commission to investigate the way institutions, including schools, foster homes and churches, have handled cases of child abuse.
Mr Key says a lot of work has already been done in New Zealand to prepare a white paper for vulnerable children.
He says the level of child abuse is too high, but programmes are being put in place to address that.
Police Minister Anne Tolley says a sex offender register she is proposing would help keep track of offenders.