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Legislative Updates

This register is updated regularly and new developments are reported in every second edition of Hugovision.

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  • America’s Cup Road Stopping Bill

    July 8, 2018 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on July 2. The purpose of the bill is to support construction relating to, and the operation of, the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland by permanently stopping a portion of Brigham Street on Wynyard Point. First reading completed on July 5 with all parties in agreement and referred to the Environment Committee with a report back deadline of September 3. America’s Cup Road Stopping Bill

  • Animal Welfare Amendment Bill

    September 26, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced Sept 21, the bill implements a ban on the export of livestock by sea by April 2023. First reading Oct 19 and sent to the Primary Production Committee with National and ACT opposed. Animal Welfare Amendment Bill

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2021) Bill

    November 24, 2019 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Nov 14 creates temporary rules around security issues concerning APEC 2021 events. These included allowing foreign security details to carry weapons, gives powers to close roads, enter buildings and use technology such as blocking mobile phones and allows army personnel to serve in policing roles. First reading on Nov 20 with the Greens opposed. Referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee with an April 1 report back. Reported back on March 25 with minor changes such as widening the definition of who could be deemed a security officer and around the use of technology such as blocking mobile phones. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2021) Bill

  • Biosecurity (Information for Incoming Passengers) Amendment Bill

    April 10, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Member’s bill in the name of Steph Willis, introduced on April 8. The bill amends the Biosecurity Act to require that all craft coming to NZ are required to provide biosecurity information to the persons onboard by means of an audio-visual recording and writing. First reading on June 30 with all parties in favour and referred to the Primary Production Committee.

    Biosecurity (Information for Incoming Passengers) Amendment Bill

  • Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

    August 29, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Aug 10 2017. The bill makes a number of administrative changes to the principal law about access to identity certificates and the administration of the. First on Dec 5 supported by all parties and referred to the Governance and Administration Committee. Reported back on Aug 10 2018 including controversial changes to the bill making it easier to people to change their gender on official documents. NZ First objected to the change saying it was made without proper consultation as a result the bill stalled. Second reading on Aug 11 2021 with all parties in agreement to send the bill back to the select committee for public submissions on the changes made in 2018.

    Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

  • Civil Aviation Bill

    September 26, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Sept 8. The bill repeals and replaces the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and the Airport Authorities Act 1966 with a single, modernised statute and contains a range of policy proposals. These include regulation of drones or autonomous aircraft and new security regulation powers. First reading Sept 20 with all parties in agreement and sent to the transport and infrastructure committee. Civil Aviation Bill

  • Commerce Amendment Bill

    March 13, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on March 10. The Bill makes a number of amendments to the Commerce Act. This included strengthening Section 36 around the misuse of market power aligning the law with Australia to make explicit conduct by persons with substantial market power that has the purpose, effect, or likely effect of substantially lessening competition in markets is prohibited. It also; repeals safe harbours for intellectual property, provides that cartel provisions in covenants are to be treated the same as those in contracts, increases the maximum pecuniary penalties for anti-competitive business acquisitions to align with those relating to anti-competitive agreements and increases the maximum number of Commerce Commission members from 6 to 8. Completed its first reading March 16 with all parties in support and referred to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee. Commerce Amendment Bill

     

  • Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill

    June 6, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on June 1. The Bill makes changes to the retention money regime including; clarifying retention money held on trust must be kept separate from other money or assets and introducing offences and penalties for companies and directors for not complying with requirements. First reading on June 6 supported by all parties and referred to the Transport and Infrastructure Committee. Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill

  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill

    August 29, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Aug 3. The bill prohibits conversion practices that seek to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. First reading on Aug 5 opposed just by National who argued it criminalised parents. Referred to the Justice Committee.

    Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill

  • COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill

    September 28, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Sept 28. The bill mostly relates to changes for statutory deadlines disrupted by the pandemic. Among them is the dates by which the government must finalise its Emissions Reduction Plan. It also extends the sunset clause of RMA fast track legislation to 2023 First reading on Sept 29 under Urgency. Opposed by ACT though National opposed the bill being reported back from select committee by Oct 14. Both parties also raised concerns about provisions allowing the govt to delay local body elections for a short time if there are pandemic lockdown conditions. There are also concerns about law changes relating to commercial rental reduction rules in lockdowns. Reported back on Oct 14 with no major changes despite strong opposition from many on changes to lease contract law. Second reading Oct 19 with National, ACT and Te Paati Māori opposed.

     

    COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill