Wellington, New Zealand - September 30, ANI/Xinhua : New Zealand's new counter-terror law passed its third reading at the parliament Thursday, giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect the country from terrorist activities.It is expected that the bill, following royal assent, will come into effect from October 4.The bill amends the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, and the Search and Surveillance Act 2012 to criminalize planning or preparation for a terrorist act and apply warrantless powers of entry, search, and surveillance to that offence.The new law extends the terrorism finance offences to also criminalize providing wider forms of support to terrorist individuals or groups, such as goods and services.Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi welcomed the bill, saying "the bill strengthens our laws to fight the ever-evolving nature of terrorism and closes longstanding gaps in our counter-terrorism legislation to better protect New Zealanders."

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