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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

  • Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

    May 12, 2020 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on May 12. The Bill is part of reforms of the building regulatory system. Amongst other things it places, minimum requirements for information on building products, a new framework for modular components and strengthens the product certification scheme. First reading on May 27 and referred to the Environment Committee with the support of all parties, though National MPx expressed concerns about some issues including the levy proposed.Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

  • Child Support Amendment Bill

    May 10, 2020 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on March 11. The Bill simplifies penalty rules, introduces payment of financial support by compulsory deduction, imposes a time bar of four years, and inserts a definition of income. First reading on May 6 supported by all parties and sent to the Social Services and Community Committee.
    Child Support 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

  • District Court (Protection of Judgment Debtors with Disabilities) Amendment Bill

    July 5, 2020 / Bills in progress

  • Members Bill in the name of Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki drawn from the ballot on June 18. The bill amends the District Court Act to prohibit the seizure of goods of a judgment debtor with a disability, where the item proposed to be seized is necessary for the judgment debtor’s care, support, or independence. First reading on July 21 and sent to the Justice Committee with the support of all parties though National’s further support was reserved.

    District Court (Protection of Judgment Debtors with Disabilities) Amendment Bill

  • Election Access Fund Bill

    February 22, 2018 / Bills in progress

  • Bill drawn from the ballot on Feb 22 in the name of Chloe Swarbrick. will establish an Election Access Fund to be administered by the Electoral Commission and used by any disabled candidate to cover disability-related costs of standing in a general election, by not-for-profit bodies to cover costs of making election education events and materials accessible, and by registered political parties to support access needs of any members to allow them to participate within the party. Supported by all parties in its first reading on May 16. A number of National MPs expressed concern about funding being directed through political parties. The Bill was referred to the Governance and Administration Committee. Report back extended from Nov 16 to Feb 25, 2019. Report back extended again to June 24 and again extended to Oct 21. Reported back on Sept 24 with minor changes including the extension of  the provisions to by-elections and strengthening of provisions for a review of the impact of the law change. Second reading Dec 4, committee stage Dec 10 with all parties in support. Third reading completed on March 11 with all parties in support. Election Access Fund Bill

  • Electoral (Integrity Repeal) Amendment Bill

    July 6, 2020 / Bills in progress

  • Members Bill in the name of David Carter drawn from the ballot on July 2. The Bill reverses the changes made by the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Act 2018, the so-called ‘waka jumping’ law. First reading on July 29. Opposed by Labour and NZ First, supported by National and the Greens to the anger of NZ First MPs. Sent to the Justice Committee.

    Electoral (Integrity Repeal) Amendment Bill