New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said the latest escape showed the electronic bail system was failing.

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"Mathew Kidman is known as being a notorious criminal with a string of robbery and firearms offences stretching back the past decade but here he is on electronic bail and he has done what he has done before, escaped," he said.

"Since 2008 there have been thousands of breaches of electronic monitoring conditions putting law-abiding citizens at risk.

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"Even last year Prime Minister John Key acknowledged it was 'ludicrous' that offenders' electronic monitoring bracelets could be cut off with scissors and we were told then that the Government was working on using material to make removing the bracelets much more difficult.

"Kidman's escape shows nothing's changed."