A new cyber-bullying law has resulted in 176 cases being taken to court since 2015. (File photo)
Less than a quarter of all New Zealanders live in the South Island, yet almost half of all cyber-bullying court cases in this country come from the mainland.
Police have taken 176 cases under the Harmful Digital Communications Act since it came into effect in 2015, according to figures released under the Official Information Act.
Those 176 are the worst-of-the-worst. Lower level cases are dealt with in mediation and do not register on police figures.
Ministry of Justice data shows that if police take a case to court they usually get a guilty plea.
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