New laws to extend the search and surveillance powers of government agencies are coming under increasing public scrutiny.
TVNZ's Sunday programme last night examined the implications of the Search and Surveillance Bill, including speaking with Bell Gully partner and litigation head Ralph Simpson.
Mr Simpson has led Bell Gully's team in making a submission on the proposed changes and believes while it is important for government enforcement agencies to have adequate investigative tools, the new legislation raises a number of concerns.
He tells the Sunday programme that there has not been a sufficient explanation as to why some of the new surveillance powers are needed.
The bill is currently before the Justice and Electoral Committee which is due to report back later in the year.
For the full interview and programme click here.
For Bell Gully's submission on the bill click here.