Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Act 2013

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Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Act 2013

Public Act2013 No 56
Date of assent12 August 2013
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Act 2013.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Part 1
General provisions

3 Purpose
  • The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the display of gang insignia on premises of departments of the Public Service, the Police, Crown entities, local authorities, and schools.

4 Interpretation
  • In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    Crown entity has the same meaning as in section 7 of the Crown Entities Act 2004

    department means any department specified in Schedule 1 of the State Sector Act 1988

    district health board means a district health board established by or under section 19 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000

    gang means any organisation, association, or group of persons—

    • (a) that is known by a name that is the same as, or substantially similar to, any of the following:

      • (i) Aotearoa Natives:

      • (ii) Bandidos MC:

      • (iii) Black Power:

      • (iv) Devils Henchmen MC:

      • (v) Epitaph Riders:

      • (vi) Filthy Few MC:

      • (vii) Forty-Five MC:

      • (viii) Greasy Dogs MC:

      • (ix) Head Hunters MC:

      • (x) Hells Angels MC:

      • (xi) Highway 61 MC:

      • (xii) Hu-Hu MC:

      • (xiii) Killerbeez:

      • (xiv) King Cobras:

      • (xv) Lone Legion MC:

      • (xvi) Lost Breed MC:

      • (xvii) Magogs MC:

      • (xviii) Mongrel Mob:

      • (xix) Mangu Kaha:

      • (xx) Mothers MC:

      • (xxi) Nomads:

      • (xxii) Outcasts MC:

      • (xxiii) Outlaws MC:

      • (xxiv) Rebels MC:

      • (xxv) Red Devils MC:

      • (xxvi) Road Nights MC:

      • (xxvii) Satans Slaves MC:

      • (xxviii) Sinn Fein MC (not being a branch, or an associated organisation, of the political party known by a similar name):

      • (xxix) Southern Vikings MC:

      • (xxx) Storm Troopers:

      • (xxxi) Taupiri MC:

      • (xxxii) Tribal Huk:

      • (xxxiii) Tribesmen MC:

      • (xxxiv) Tyrants MC; or

    • (b) identified in regulations made under section 5

    gang insignia

    • (a) means a sign, symbol, or representation commonly displayed to denote membership of, an affiliation with, or support for a gang, not being a tattoo; and

    • (b) includes any item of clothing to which a sign, symbol, or representation referred to in paragraph (a) is attached

    Government premises

    • (a) means the whole or part of any structure (including any associated grounds) that is owned by, or is under the control of,—

      • (i) the Crown, acting through a department, the Police, or a Crown entity; or

      • (ii) a local authority; and

    • (b) includes the buildings and grounds of any school; and

    • (c) includes the grounds of—

      • (i) any public hospital or health facility that is owned by, or is under the control of, a district health board; and

      • (ii) any public swimming pool or aquatic centre that is owned by, or is under the control of, a local authority; but

    • (d) excludes any residential dwelling that is owned by, or is under the control of, Housing New Zealand Corporation or a local authority

    integrated school has the same meaning as in section 145(1) of the Education Act 1989

    local authority has the same meaning as in section 5(1) of the Local Government Act 2002

    Police has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Policing Act 2008

    school means any of the following:

    • (a) a State school:

    • (b) an integrated school:

    • (c) any other school in respect of which the Crown pays, or authorises the payment of, either or both—

      • (i) grants:

      • (ii) teachers' salaries:

    • (d) a licensed early childhood education and care centre within the meaning of section 309 of the Education Act 1989:

    • (e) a playgroup within the meaning of section 309 of the Education Act 1989 for which a certificate issued under regulations under that Act is held and in respect of which the Crown pays, or authorises the payment of, grants

    State school has the same meaning as in section 145(1) of the Education Act 1989

    structure includes a temporary structure, a movable structure, a structure for the storage of machinery or chattels, and a structure for the containment of animals.

5 Regulations
  • (1) The Governor-General may, on the recommendation of the Minister of Police, by Order in Council, make regulations for the purpose of identifying an organisation, association, or group of persons as a gang for the purposes of this Act.

    (2) The Minister of Police may not make a recommendation under subsection (1) unless he or she is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the organisation, association, or group proposed to be identified has the following characteristics:

    • (a) a common name or common identifying signs, symbols, or representations; and

    • (b) its members, associates, or supporters individually or collectively promote, encourage, or engage in criminal activity.

Part 2
Offences and enforcement

6 Prohibition of display of gang insignia
  • (1) No person may display gang insignia at any time in Government premises.

    (2) Every person who, without reasonable excuse, contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

    (3) Without limitation, and to avoid doubt, a Judge may apply section 128 of the Evidence Act 2006 in deciding whether a sign, symbol, or representation is gang insignia for the purposes of this Act.

    Compare: 2009 No 1 (L) s 12

7 Powers of arrest and seizure in relation to persons displaying gang insignia
  • (1) A constable may, without warrant,—

    • (a) arrest a person who the constable has good cause to suspect has committed an offence against section 6(2):

    • (b) seize and remove gang insignia (by the use of force if necessary) that has been or is being displayed in Government premises.

    (2) Gang insignia seized under subsection (1)(b) are forfeited to the Crown if the person from whom the gang insignia is taken pleads guilty to, or is convicted of, an offence against section 6(2).

    (3) If gang insignia are forfeited to the Crown under subsection (2), the gang insignia may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the court, either at the time of the conviction for the offence under section 6(2) or on a subsequent application, directs.

    Compare: 2009 No 1 (L) s 13

8 Power to stop vehicle to exercise powers of arrest or seizure
  • (1) A constable may stop a vehicle without a warrant to exercise either or both of the powers in section 7(1) in relation to a person if the constable has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is in or on the vehicle.

    (2) A constable who stops a vehicle under subsection (1) must—

    • (a) be wearing a uniform or distinctive cap, hat, or helmet with a badge of authority affixed to that cap, hat, or helmet; or

    • (b) be following immediately behind the vehicle in a motor vehicle displaying flashing blue lights, or flashing blue and red lights, and sounding a siren.

    (3) A constable exercising the stopping power conferred by subsection (1) must, immediately after the vehicle has stopped,—

    • (a) identify himself or herself to the driver of the vehicle; and

    • (b) tell the driver that the stopping power is being exercised under this section for the purpose of exercising powers under section 7(1); and

    • (c) if not in uniform and if so required, produce evidence that he or she is a constable.

    (4) Without limiting section 7(1), a constable exercising the stopping power conferred by subsection (1) may do any 1 or more of the following:

    • (a) search the vehicle to locate a person referred to in subsection (1):

    • (b) search the vehicle to locate gang insignia that the constable may seize under section 7(1)(b):

    • (c) require any person in or on the vehicle to state his or her name, address, and date of birth, or any of those particulars that the constable may specify:

    • (d) require the vehicle to remain stopped for as long as is reasonably necessary to exercise the powers—

      • (i) in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c); and

      • (ii) in section 7(1), in relation to a person referred to in subsection (1) of this section.

    (5) Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 who, without reasonable excuse,—

    • (a) fails to stop as soon as practicable when required to do so by a constable exercising the power conferred by this section; or

    • (b) fails to comply with a requirement of a constable under subsection (4)(c) or (d).

    Compare: 2009 No 1 (L) s 14

9 Filing charging document for offence
  • Only a constable may file a charging document for an offence against this Act.

    Compare: 2009 No 1 (L) s 15


Legislative history

28 June 2012Introduction (Bill 33–1)
29 August 2012First reading and referral to Law and Order Committee
20 March 2013Reported from Law and Order Committee (Bill 33–2)
15 May 2013Second reading
12 June 2013Committee of the whole House
10 July 2013Reported from Committee of the whole House (Bill 33–3)
7 August 2013Third reading
12 August 2013Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.