New Zealand officers can now enter properties

A controversial new COVID-19 law has been passed in New Zealand that allows police officers to search homes without a warrant.

Despite widespread concern, the government rushed through the powerful legislation as the country drops to Alert Level 2, saying it is a ‘better route’ than existing lockdown measures.

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New controversial legislation. Photo: JNV

COVID-19 CONTROVERSY

The New Zealand government has come under fire for the passing of new legislation that allows police officers to enter a property and search for COVID-19 compliance.

The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 was recently passed, and while the government backed down on some of the extraordinary powers, the intent of the bill broadly remained the same. 

The law allows for the appointment of “enforcement officers” to check that people are complying with requirements of the new notices put in place to counter COVID-19. These officers all have to be Crown employees, who are “suitably qualified and trained” (whatever that means!).

Once appointed, these enforcement officers are empowered to do the following: 

“..enter, without a warrant, any land, building, craft, vehicle, place, or thing if they have reasonable grounds to believe that a person is failing to comply.”

Having entered such places, an enforcement officer is then empowered to direct any business or undertaking that they have reasonable grounds to believe is not complying to shut down for up to 24 hours. They can do so verbally, without any requirement to report that they have done so.

Attorney-General David Parker said the “bespoke” law would ensure restrictions on gatherings and physical distancing were still enforceable.

He says there would be fewer restrictions under the level two law than during the lockdown.

“However, those remaining restrictions still need to be enforceable. Despite claims by some critics, the powers of the police will be narrower from midnight tonight than they have been for the past seven weeks,” Parker said.

The new law has caused controversy among New Zealand’s civil liberty and privacy campaign circles.

RUSHED THROUGH

The Chief Human Rights Commissioner says a bill granting the police greater power to enter properties without a search warrant should not have been passed by parliament so quickly.

Paul Hunt said the government had been aware for some time it would need legislation of this type, but the process should have been open to public scrutiny.

“They could have anticipated giving it more time for consideration by members of the public. There’s a sort of great regret they didn’t provide the legislation with adequate democratic scrutiny,” he said.

Following backlash to the measures included, the government says it will now be reviewed by a select committee, even though the bill has already passed into law.

Jacinda Ardern is defending the government‘s handling of the controversial law, saying the alternative was continuing a state of emergency, which gave police much greater powers.

However, although the government has issued an alert level 2 order, it could equally issue new orders for level 3 or 4 under the new law if ‘outbreaks’ return. This is important.

Furthermore, as New Zealand approaches the end of its strictest lockdown period, many are now questioning whether the lockdown was legal. Some are claiming for unlawful detention.

In Section 22 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, it says, “Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily arrested or detained.”

Three questions must be asked: Was lockdown a form of detention? Was there a law allowing NZ to detain people in lockdown? Did NZ allow arbitrary detention in lockdown?

If the lockdown was not lawful until part-way through, people arrested in the week between March 26 and April 3 should not have been. And if, despite the strong arguments of the government, the lockdown was arbitrary, even arrests after April 3 will have been improper. 

Either way, this continued saga has certainly signified the beginning of a new era in New Zealand — once where officers can enter your home without you knowing.

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AUSTRALIAN SIMILARITIES

For those interested, the new powers bare striking resemblance to laws currently existing in Australia, allowing officers to enter a premises for ‘counter-terrorism’ purposes under a “delayed search warrant”.

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Act 2014 was passed as part of Australia’s controversial anti-terrorism campaign in 2014.

Under the legislation, officers can enter the premise of a suspected terrorist without their permission or knowledge of the activity, allowing them to film, seize and search the property:

Importantly, officers do not have to alert the resident of the occurrence until after the search has already taken place, by issuing the residents a notice of the operation:

Included in the bill is the introduction of the offence ‘advocating terrorism’, extension of control and preventive detention orders, 12 hour curfew enforcements and more.

The law also made it easier to target suspected ‘terrorists’ by lowering the threshold for from a “belief” to a “suspicion” of activities.

Remember, in recent years, those who express anti-establishment viewpoints have slowly been moulded to become the ‘new terrorists’ of the modern age. David Cameron called these people “non-violent extremists” that allow for the development of social environments ISIS thrive in.

As we have previously explored, New Zealand is undergoing a rapid transformation of society, including gun restrictions, COVID-19 tyranny and more. All beginning since the Christchurch event.

It seems as if each country is being slowly geared up to align in anticipation for further measures of control. These new laws are a symbol of things to come in both countries.

Will the people of Australia and New Zealand stop this before it is too late?


RELATED CONTENT

COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 | Legislation.nz.gov

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Level 2 enforcement law passed too quickly: Human Rights Commissioner | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern defends alert level 2 law as country returns to work, school | News Talk KZB

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6 comments on “New Zealand officers can now enter properties”

  1. Lovely Jacinta always deliberately wearing a huge smile even more sinister than Hilary Clinton, constantly pushing the NWO agenda with such grace & elegance. In the mean time Kiwi’s are set upon by her tyrannical mercenary tactical police force with no accountability or restraint.

    I used to think I’d retire to NZ for peace & quiet from Aus, bc here in Aus the polies are sold-out dogs that look to the US for population degradation tactics and scraps from their pile of trash Govt, but now NZ has a top Bitch that makes ours look like fluffy poodles that yelp when she growls…smiling of course

    peace

  2. Oz & NZ are Fascist Medical Police states of the USA. The psychopathic politicians and police responsible for this state of affairs need to be incarcerated permanently for crimes against humanity!

  3. It will all eventually come down to Christians being taken to prison who are fighting for truth and morals.
    They will be lied about and even having the Gestapo Police entering homes and hiding drugs in the homes of innocent people .
    The MSMedia will be happy to print anything to cause hate against Christians who are trying to uphold the truth and Godly morals, the world wants the total freedom to be able to live a lawless existence with out Christians trying to tell them they are wrong.

    1. It has nothing to do with christianity per se. The great majority of religions are used by the PTSB to divide and conquer the people in a similar manner to the current Scam/P(l)an-demic by exploiting the ignorance of the masses to create fear of the unknown so that the masses can be easily controlled and manipulated for the benefit of a psychopathic few. The catholic church, for example, was established for political control of the people. Christians do not have a monopoly on morals. Are you aware of the enormous amount of bloodshed and suffering in the name of christianity?

      1. The Police having at anytime the permission to search people’s homes, doesn’t bother me, except the Special Police controlled by the Mafia Police who deposit drugs into homes of Christians, that gets me upset, but God is still in control.

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