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New Zealand. 2008 ‘Report of New Zealand.’ Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument and [the United Nations small arms] Programme of Action. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations. 1 March

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The destruction of surrendered, seized and forfeit civilian firearms happens routinely in all parts of New Zealand.

Section 18 of the Firearms Manual (issued by the New Zealand Police) deals with the disposal of firearms by the Police. Broadly, under the Firearms Manual the Police are authorised to destroy firearms:

- Pursuant to a court order;
- When authorised by the Area Controller;
- When firearms are delivered to the Police following surrender or revocation of a firearms licence; or
- Where a firearm, airgun, pistol, restricted weapon, ammunition or explosive is seized or detained under the Arms Act by the Police (other than as a result of revocation or surrender of a firearms licence) provided that certain procedures, such as trying to first locate the owner, are followed…

Apart from weapons destroyed as part of regional assistance programs or international peacekeeping efforts (refer to paragraph B(14)), the NZDF policy is to hold a small number of obsolete weapons for museum or training purposes, and all other surplus/obsolete weapons are destroyed.

There are stringent controls on the destruction process, including management of key spare parts such as firing mechanisms. As all NZDF weapons are imported, they are without exception subject to end user certification, compliance with which adds a further level of control to the disposal process.

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