(1) If an application for a search warrant is about to be made or has been made and has not yet been granted or refused by an issuing officer, an enforcement officer present at the place or vehicle that is or is to be the subject of the application may, if authorised by subsection (1A),—
(a) enter and secure the place, vehicle, or other thing in respect of which authorisation to enter and search is being sought, and secure any item or items found at that place or in that in or on that vehicle or other thing, at any time that is reasonable in the circumstances:
(b) direct any person to assist with the entry and securing of the place or vehicle or other thing or the securing of items in it (including, without limitation, a member of a hapū or an iwi if the place to be entered is of cultural or spiritual significance to that hapū or iwi).
(1A) The powers conferred by subsection (1) may be exercised if the enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe that evidential material may be destroyed, concealed, altered, damaged, or removed before a decision is taken to grant or refuse the issue of a search warrant.
(2) The powers conferred by subsection (1) may be exercised until the first of the following occurs:
(a) the expiry of 6 hours from when the power is first exercised:
(b) the warrant is available for execution at that place or vehicle or in respect of that other thing:
(c) the application for a search warrant is refused.
(3) A person who exercises any power under subsection (1) must, on the request of any person affected by the exercise of the power,—
(a) identify himself or herself; and
(b) advise the person affected of the reason and authority for the exercise of the power.
(a) identify himself or herself either by name or by unique identifier; and
(b) state the name of the enactment under which the search is taking place and the reason for the search under that enactment unless it is impracticable to do so in the circumstances; and
(c) if not in Police uniform, produce evidence of his or her identity.