Opposition MPs have accused the Government of undemocratic law-making after a controversial bill was passed without public input and with official advice heavily censored.
Legislation which allowed people who cared for disabled family members to get paid by Government was passed into law on Friday under urgency.
The New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill would also prevent any carers from taking legal action against Government on the grounds that they were being discriminated against.
Opposition members slammed the Government's rush to change the law and the lack of transparency around the process.
It was passed into law a day after it was introduced by Health Minister Tony Ryall and without going before a select committee.
A Regulatory Impact Statement (RiS) for the bill prepared by the Ministry of Health was heavily redacted, with entire pages blacked out.
Half the document is blacked out.
I can't believe it.