Winston Peters pledges to remove paedophiles’ name suppression

Winston Peters has announced his party will introduce a bill to remove name suppression from paedophiles in cases where the victims say they do not want it.

Mr Peters made the announcement in a street meeting in Paihia today.

“There have been so many cases of sexual violence in New Zealand where the offender hides behind a cloak of secrecy imposed on the basis that secrecy protects the victim.”

He said his bill would remove that “legal cone of silence” in cases where the victim wanted the crime exposed.

He said NZ First would also propose a sex offender register, so parents would know if there was a child sex offender in their neighbourhood.