The timing of a proposed law change to crack down on cyber bullying, two days after revelations of the Roast Busters group shocked the public, is a complete coincidence, the government says.
Justice Minister Judith Collins will introduce her Harmful Digital Communications Bill to parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
She says it's "not at all" linked to news that a group of Auckland teenage boys, calling themselves Roast Busters, were having sex with drunk girls, many of them underage, and posting details - including the girls' names - online.
"This is absolutely coincidental and it is not a response to it," Ms Collins said.
Her bill creates a new offence of incitement to commit suicide - even in situations when a person does not attempt to take their life - punishable by up to three years' jail. A new offence for sending messages or posting material online with intent to cause harm has penalties of up to three months' imprisonment or a $2000 fine.
A new agency will be able to contact service providers like Twitter and Facebook to request information be removed, and courts will have the power to issue remedies such as take-down orders and cease-and-desist notices.
The bill's introduction comes as groups threaten vigilante justice against the boys involved in Roast Busters if police don't act.
The Roast Busters' webpage was active for two years but police have not laid charges because none of the girls involved will lay a complaint - prompting questions about how the justice system treats victims of sexual crimes.
Ms Collins says the government faces a difficult balancing act, because new protections for victims may also make it harder for a person accused of a crime.
She chastised opposition MPs who slammed police inaction, warning their comments could interfere in the legal process.
Labour leader David Cunliffe says his party will support the bill, but it also wants to see new measures to support victims to come forward.
He also wants answers about what action police have taken and whether they advised Auckland schools about Roast Busters to keep potential victims safe.
The revelations of the group's activities have hit global headlines, including the New York Times and Toronto Sun.