The Herald reports:
New Zealanders who attack others based on racial, sexual, or other prejudice could soon be charged with committing a hate crime, the Police Commissioner has revealed.
Commissioner Mike Bush said this morning that police were investigating whether a specific category of hate crime should be created in New Zealand. …
Police were discussing with the Human Rights Commission whether a specific hate crime offence should be written into the law.
I wish the Police would stick to enforcing the law rather than lobbying for new laws.\
We do not need any specific hate crime offences. The current law is more than adequate. And countries that do adopt such laws almost invariably have the Police go over board such as in the UK where they arrest school kids for saying the wrong thing.