Wanganui District Council has voted unanimously to send their Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Bill to Parliament. The bill will now have to be publicly notified and made available for inspection - a process which takes about a month - before being introduced to the House. Chester Borrows is reportedly confident that the bill will pass, but I'm not so sure. While MPs may be quite willing to ignore the BORA issues in a craven attempt to appear "tough on crime", this Parliament has shown great reluctance to create a patchwork of local criminal laws. So while I expect the bill to make it to select committee, I expect the committee to ultimately recommend against it.
Meanwhile, the Herald piece last week on the government's plans to introduce UK-style ASBOs to New Zealand also noted that Rotorua District Council was proceeding with its plans to punish criminals without trial by using trespass orders to bar them from the city centre. A bill has been drafted, but is waiting on further advice from the Minister of Police (and presumably other bodies) before it can be notified and introduced. Meanwhile, it seems that the local police have been exploring other options; papers obtained under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act reveal that the Rotorua police were investigating the use of "voluntary" Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (another UK innovation) for young offenders, as well as seeking legal advice on whether judges could order exclusion from certain geographic areas at sentencing so they could "brief local judiciary with a proposal". I'd have thought such orders - effectively a sentence of internal exile - would require explicit permission in statute, and there seems nothing allowing them in the Sentencing Act 2002 - but the police didn't seem concerned about that. I'll have to dig into this further and find out whether anything has come of it.