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Maritime Powers Extension Bill

Introduced on June 27. The Bill allows Customs and other agencies such as Defence to intercept vessels suspected of drug smuggling outside New Zealand’s territorial waters. First reading on July 3 and referred to the Foreign Affair, Defence and Trade Committee. Reported back on Sept 10 with no major changes, second reading Sept 18, committee stage Sept 20 and third reading on Sept 26. All parties in support. Maritime Powers Extension Bill