Almost a third of Chinese New Zealanders feel public safety has been getting worse in the past six months, a survey has found.

Nearly 43 per cent felt they were not satisfied with public safety.

Just under 29 per cent of those in the WTV-Trace Chinese voter poll said they felt safe in New Zealand.

The company surveyed 1250 eligible Chinese New Zealand voters, and 179 not currently eligible to vote, recruited through Trace Research's Chinese consumer panel and a WTV audience panel.


Researcher Dr Andrew Zhu said public safety and housing were likely to be "key issues" for Chinese voters this election.

"Public safety has become a hot topic, especially with recent media reports about crime targeting dairies and small ethnic businesses," Zhu said.

"Auckland's shortage of houses and rise in property prices is making housing the other key issue."

Eligible Chinese voters showed significantly more concern with safety issues (32.6 per cent) than non-eligible voters (24.6 per cent).

Nearly seven in 10 respondents felt the Government should intervene in the housing market.

They were asked: "The average house price has increased significantly in the past few years, do you think the Government should intervene in the housing market?"

"Labour and Green supporters strongly think the Government should intervene, on 90 per cent," Zhu said.

"National and Act supporters average 65 per cent, and the undecided show similar attitudes to National supporters."


Auckland and Canterbury had lower levels of demand for Government intervention, with respondents from Waikato showing the strongest support.

National's Chinese MP Jian Yang said the Government was "very focused" on both public safety and housing.

"We have committed over $500 million in this budget to increase the numbers of police staff by 10 per cent, or 1125 people," he said.

"With regards to housing, we are intervening in the market, with demand measures like the bright-line test and LVRs, and supply measures like the Housing Infrastructure Fund, special housing areas, Government building programmes and requirements on councils to make land available for housing."

Yang said these measures had already resulted in big increases in housing construction, and house prices in Auckland being flat to falling over the last eight months.

But Labour police spokesman Stuart Nash said crime statistics show there were "far too many" burglaries, shop robberies and road-rage incidents for the police to deal with.

"Many migrant families don't feel safe in their own homes, at work or on the roads," Nash said.

"People are rightly concerned about violence and organised crime in their communities."

Labour is promising 1000 more police and a return to community policing.

"We will place a strong emphasis on a return to community policing where police work closely with key stakeholders and community leaders to ensure the safety of everyone across our diverse communities," Nash said.

Police, however, said there was no evidence to suggest any increase in recorded victimisations of Asians or that they were being specifically targeted.

Victimisation of Asians dropped from 2.7 per cent in 2014/15 to 2.4 per cent in 2015/16, according to police figures.

In Auckland City, it also went down from 7.6 per cent in 2014/15 to 7.2 per cent last year.

Police data did not distinguish Chinese or other specific ethnic groups within in its Asian ethnicity classification.

"Asian victims are under-represented in police victimisation statistics," a police spokeswoman said.

She said police had specialised liaison officers, including Chinese, to address any specific concerns these communities had.

"Some of the initiatives that Police are involved in are Auckland Community Safety Patrols, International Student Ambassadors and Cop Chat sessions at Auckland City Library," the spokeswoman said.

"There are over 240 patrollers from 56 ethnic communities in Auckland and Wellington, speaking 58 different languages, including Mandarin and Hindi, and over 85 former patrollers are now serving as NZ Police Officers.

"There are also staff on public counters at selected stations and at Communication Centres who speak a variety of languages."

People feeling unsafe can either visit their local police station, or call 111 in emergency situations.

"We want everyone in our community to feel safe, and we work closely with our Asian, South East Asian, Pacific and Maori Advisory Boards to do so," the spokeswoman added.