Maritime Powers Bill

About this bill

This bill provides powers to enforcement officers to respond to a range of criminal offending in international waters including offences that take place on board a New Zealand-flagged vessel in international waters, offences that take place on board a foreign-flagged vessel or stateless vessel in international waters for which New Zealand has extraterritorial jurisdiction, and situations where an alleged offender or evidence of criminal offending is located on a New Zealand, foreign, or stateless vessel in international waters.

Current status

Royal Assent given 20 May 2022.
Enacted as the Maritime Powers Act 2022 (2022/23)

Member of Parliament responsible
Bill type

Government bill



All data
Bill type Government bill
Parliament 53
Ref 48-2
Introduced 23 June 2021
First reading 6 July 2021
Select Committee Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Public submissions due 15 August 2021
Select Committee report back 8 November 2021
Second reading 1 March 2022
Committee of the whole House 11 May 2022
Third reading 17 May 2022
Royal Assent 20 May 2022
Enacted as Maritime Powers Act 2022 (2022/23)
Divided No

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