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Maritime Powers Bill

Introduced on June 23. The Bill This bill provides powers to board and arrest on ships in international waters where NZ has jurisdiction, and situations where alleged offending is located on vessel in international waters. First reading on July 7 and referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee with the support of all parties. Reported back on Nov 8 with mainly technical changes. Second reading completed on March 2 opposed only by the Greens who said the powers being given were too broad and powerful. Committee stage completed on May 11 with no changes made.

Maritime Powers Bill