Contrary to popular belief the Criminal Records Clean Slate Act 2004 does not wipe off criminal convictions. The legislation is designed to enable people to conceal and not have to disclose convictions in certain limited circumstances.
You will not be able to rely on this Act to keep your convictions a secret if you apply for certain jobs such as a police officer. Nor will you be able to rely on this Act if you re-offend.
If you have any convictions for sexual offending then it is highly unlikely you will be able to conceal these.
If all the following apply to you, you will probably be able to rely on this law and not have to disclose your convictions
Not had any convictions within the past seven years.
Never have been indefinitely disqualified from driving under section 65 of the Land Transport Act 1998 or earlier equivalent provisions.
Paid in full all Court fines, reparation and Court costs
No convictions for a “specified offence”.
Never been sentenced to jail.
The above information is provided as a general guide only and should not be relied upon, please seek independent legal advice to ensure you fir the criteria including advice as to whether any of you previous convictions consist of a “specified offence”.