28 Sep 2023

Election 2023 updates: All the latest developments on 28 September

5:07 pm on 28 September 2023

National leader Christopher Luxon is speaking to reporters in Whakatāne, Bay of Plenty.

Police spokesperson Mark Mitchell said new gang laws were based on similar powers introduced in Western Australia and include banning gang patches and insignia in public, empowering police to issue dispersal notices to suspected gang members to prevent public gatherings, and introducing new Firearms Prohibition Orders.

National has pledged to introduce the laws in its first 100 days in office, if elected.

Meanwhile, a tense exchange played out on Parliament's forecourt this morning as Mitchell refused to accept a petition protesting anti-gang policies.

Earlier, Labour leader Chris Hipkins spoke to reporters from Northland after visiting Ngāti Hine Health Trust in Kawakawa.

He said his goal today had been to set out what a positive future relationship between Māori and non-Māori could look like.

On Thursday morning, National's finance spokesperson Nicola Willis and Labour's finance spokesperson Grant Robertson clashed over the value of recent government spending in Morning Report's finance debate.

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