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New law on Police powers is rushed through Parliament – but not so fast that changes to pacify protesters can’t be made

15/05/2020

The government panics

Point of Order

The Prime Minister’s contribution to the  outpourings from the Beehive yesterday was  a speech about the Budget, an opportunity to generate the release of more Covid-19  rhetoric ahead of the Budget’s actual delivery today.

The privilege of announcing the lifting of the State of National Emergency across New Zealand fell to Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare.  The National Emergency has made way for a National Transition Period as the country moves to Covid-19 Alert Level 2.

Among the features of the move into a National Transition Period, this entails:

  • providing for the conservation and supply of food, fuel and other essential supplies
  • directing people to stop any activity that may cause, or substantially contribute to the consequences of, the spread of Covid-19

Police can also exercise powers during the transition period.

But what are these powers?

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