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.
Introduced on Nov 22. The bill requires ACC to report on how Māori and other population groups are accessing the accident compensation scheme and brings forward eligibility for the minimum rate of weekly compensation from the sixth to the second week of incapacity. First reading on Nov 22 under urgency with National opposed and sent to the education and workforce Committee. Reported back on April 13 with minor amendments. Second reading on May 11 with National and Act opposed. Committee stage on May 16.
Accident Compensation (Access Reporting and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
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
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. The bill was reported back on Jan 26. However, following the change in leadership, new PM Chris Hipkins said the govt would no longer be proceeding with the merger, so the bill was now redundant.
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
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
Introduced on Oct 26. The bill introduces a regime intended to bring transparency to business-to-business payment terms and practices. Entities with more than $33m in revenue will be required to disclose their payment practices twice a year including information about late payments and payment terms. First reading on Nov 8, opposed by Act and sent to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee.
Business Payment Practices Bill
Introduced on Sept 21. The bill reforms and overhauls the charities establishment, monitoring and reporting regime. First reading on Sept 28 and sent to the Social Services and Community Committee with National opposed. Reported back on May 4 with numerous minor amendments. Second reading on May 17 with National and Act opposed.
Introduced on March 27. The bill seeks to ensure that beneficiaries receiving a sole parent rate of main benefit are not treated differently than other beneficiaries. First reading on March 29 with all parties in favour and referred to the social services and community committee.
Introduced on Dec 2. The bill creates a new penalty regime for ETS participants with low-volume liabilities of less than 25,000 units on average per year from forestry activities who fail to surrender or repay units by the due date. The bill also reforms industrial allocation settings for NZUs. Read a first time on Feb 21 with all parties in favour and referred to the environment committee, to be reported back by July 20.Climate Change Response (Late Payment Penalties and Industrial Allocation) Amendment Bill