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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

  • Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill (No 2)

    February 17, 2020 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Dec 13. A Bill in the name of National MP Brett Hudson, it would give police powers to prohibit people from being licenced gun owners aimed at gang members with new powers to search people and properties subject to the arms prohibition orders. First reading on July 21 supported by National, NZ First and ACT and sent to the Justice Committee.  Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill (No 2).

  • 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

  • Autonomous Sanctions Bill

    May 19, 2017 / Bills in progress

  • The Bill introduced on May 10 extends the range of sanctions the Government can use to influence the behaviour of a foreign individual, entity, or regime responsible for a situation of international concern. The sanctions currently available are considered inadequate and inflexible and not in line with NZs security partners. The Bill also increases the penalties for breaches of sanctions. First reading completed on August 15, 2017 and referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. Autonomous Sanctions 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

  • 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

  • Crimes Amendment Bill

    March 22, 2018 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on March 20. The Bill makes three repeals to the Crimes Act. A protection for spouses and civil union partners in cases where they would otherwise be an accessory after the fact to an offence and the offence of blasphemous libel. The bill also repeals the year-and-a-day rule contained in section 162. This last change was cited as needed as it was one of the reasons the Police decided not to prosecute in the CTV building collapse case. First reading completed on March 28 with all parties in favour and sent to the Justice Committee. Crimes Amendment Bill

  • Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill

    August 3, 2020 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on July 16, 2020, the Bill ends tenure review and reforms the regulatory system covering Crown pastoral land leases. First reading on July 22 opposed by National who said it will effectively end high country farming due to the requirements to gain approval for many farming practices. Sent to the Environment Committee. Report back March 30, 2021. Report back extended to May 25. Report back extended again to July 6. Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill

  • Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill (No 2)

    June 6, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on May 11. The Bill permanently allows drug and substance checking services to operate legally. First reading on May 18 opposed by National. Referred to the health committee to be reported back by Oct 29. Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill (No 2)