Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 No 103
Current version for 1 December 2014 to date (accessed 22 December 2014 at 00:32)
Part 6Section 82

82   Entry by invitation

(cf Crimes Act 1900, s 357F)

(1)  A police officer who believes on reasonable grounds that a domestic violence offence is being, or may have been recently, committed, or is imminent, or is likely to be committed, in any dwelling may, if invited to do so by a person who apparently resides in the dwelling (whether or not the person is an adult) enter the dwelling and remain in the dwelling for any of the following purposes:
(a)  to investigate whether a domestic violence offence has been committed,
(b)  to take action to prevent the commission or further commission of a domestic violence offence.
(2)  However, a police officer may not enter or remain in a dwelling merely because of any such invitation if:
(a)  authority to so enter or remain is expressly refused by an occupier of the dwelling, and
(b)  the police officer is not otherwise authorised (whether under this or any other Act or law or subsection (3)) to so enter or remain.
(3)  A police officer may exercise a power to enter and remain in a dwelling if the invitation to enter and remain is given by a person who apparently resides in the dwelling and whom the police officer believes to be the victim of a domestic violence offence, even if another occupier of the dwelling expressly refuses authority to the police officer to do so.
(4)  For the purposes of this section, a victim of a domestic violence offence is any person against whom a domestic violence offence is being, or may have been recently, committed, or is imminent, or is likely to be committed.
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