The Government is not going to let that happen; the Herald reports:
Government will pass temporary legislation suspending the effect of a Supreme Court decision which ruled covert camera surveillance by police unlawful.
The bill will pass next week under urgency, Prime Minister John Key said.
A permanent fix would be included as part of the search and surveillance bill due to pass after the election.
Mr Key said speed was essential because the ruling in the Ureweras case would have jeopardised police investigations.
He said the Crown Law Office advised Cabinet it meant almost all use of covert video surveillance was unlawful.
"This has significant implications for law and order in New Zealand."
It could impact on up to 40 current trials underway and 50 poilice operations, including some serious criminal offending.
The law change would not affect the outcome of the Ureweras case.
The change would apply retrospectively so prior convictions in trials in which covert surveillance was used to collect evidence could not be overturned.
We applaud the government's decision to overturn the Supreme Court's decision by way of temporary legislation. Now that suppression orders have lapsed, it is a matter of public record that the polivce had obtained evidence of paramilitary training the the Ureweras. Covert filming was done via cameras placed after the execution of search warrants.
The police clearly believed that they were acting in the spirit of the law as it stood, and by passing temporary legislation, the government is confirming Parliament's will, and backing the police. We have no problem whatsoever with that approach.
Doubtless the case of the Urewera defendants will again be the subject of discussions, even though the charges against 13 of them cannot be relaid under the terms of the temporary legislation. If it is bad law, it needs to be sorted, and quickly.
It will be interesting to see who opposes the progress of the legislation next week. Law and order is always an election issue. The introduction of urgent temporary legislation next week will be telling as to who would rather let criminals walk than fix the errors of the past.