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 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).
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
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
Introduced on May 12, 2020. 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 MPs expressed concerns about some issues including the levy proposed. Reported back on March 4, 2021 with a large number of mainly technical changes. Second reading completed on March 18 with all parties in support.Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
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
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
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
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.
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