13 May 2020

Māori concerned at powers to search marae without warrant

From Checkpoint, 5:51 pm on 13 May 2020

Māori communities are deeply concerned that police may be able to search marae and homes without a warrant at Covid-19 alert level 2.

It is another contentious aspect of the Covid-19 Health Response Bill being rushed under urgency through Parliament.

After backlash from Māori, today the government removed a reference to marae from the legislation.

But that does not mean marae are now exempt from the rules.

Māori news correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan has the story.