Search and confiscation

All schools have to provide a safe physical and emotional environment for students and staff.

Schools can search and confiscate student property providing you comply with the legislation and you can justify your actions as reasonable and necessary to keep the environment safe.

Conducting random searches of any person without reasonable cause is a breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

Read the Ministry's guidelines on search and confiscation (PDF, 1MB)

Updated: May 2014

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