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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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  • Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill

    August 1, 2022 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on July 28, the bill sets up an administrative framework intended to address systemic accessibility barriers for disabled people. First reading Aug 2 opposed by Greens and  Te Paati Māori. Referred to the Social Services and Community Committee with a longer than usual report back date of May 16 2023.

    Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill

  • Accident Compensation (Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

    January 17, 2022 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Nov 30. The Bill brings maternal birth injuries under ACC cover. It also makes 5 additional policy changes and 7 technical changes. Among the policy changes are restoring the more claimant-friendly test for work-related gradual process, disease, or infection cover, reducing the threshold for injury-related hearing loss cover from 6% to 5% and increasing the size of the ACC Board. First reading on Dec 14 supported by all parties and referred to the Education and Workforce Committee. Reported back on June 28 with amendments including the extension of  the definition of birth industries. Second reading on July 27 with all parties in favour. Committee stage completed on Sept 22.

     

    Accident Compensation (Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

  • 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. Reported back on April 14 as National and Act continued to oppose the bill and the select committee is a balanced one, it was unable to agree on changes or whether it should proceed. In the second reading on May 11, the govt confirmed it would be continuing with the bill.  Committee stage on Aug 23 interrupted with the govt inserting technical amendments it was unable to make in select committee.   Animal Welfare Amendment Bill

  • Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill

    July 4, 2022 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on June 23. The bill establishes a new public media entity, Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media, combining TVNZ and RNZ. First reading on July 26 with National and Act opposed and referred to the economic development, science and innovation committee.

    Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media 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. Reported back on Dec 3 with a large number of changes. These include delaying the commencement until specified by Order in Council, or 12 months after the bill receives Royal assent, whichever comes first. Much of the detail proposed in the bill is stripped out and replaced with a general duty to provide information with more detail to be set by regulation. Second reading completed on March 16 with all parties in favour. Committee stage completed on Sept 21. Biosecurity (Information for Incoming Passengers) Amendment Bill

  • Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

    August 29, 2021 / Bills in progress, Bills passed

  • 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. Returned from select committee with minor changes and committee stage completed on Dec 7 and third reading Dec 9 with all parties in support.

    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

  • Companies (Directors Duties) Amendment Bill

    September 27, 2021 / Bills in progress

  • Introduced on Sept 23. The member’s bill in the name of Labour’s Duncan Webb seeks to makes clear a company director may take actions that take into account wider matters other than the financial bottom-line. This may include matters such as the principles of te Tiriti, environmental impacts, good corporate ethics, being a good employer, and the interests of the wider community. After being put on hold for a year, the bill was put forward for first reading on Sept 21, debate was interrupted with National indicating opposition. 

     

    Companies (Directors Duties) Amendment Bill