Member’s Bill in the name of Maureen Pugh introduced on July 30. The Bill seeks to allow the Director-General of Conservation to grant access for removal of specified trees irreversibly damaged by an adverse weather event from within the conservation estate, outside of national parks. First reading on April 7 and voted down with just National and ACT in favour.
A Bill in the name of NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell drawn from the Ballot on May 17, 2018. It is identical to a Bill voted down in the last Parliament with just NZ First and the Greens in support. It would define in law games and sporting events that must be broadcast live on free-to-air television. Awaiting first reading. On August 8 Mitchell withdrew his Bill and by leave replaced it with the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill (No 2). It makes a number of drafting changes but the thrust of the Bill remains the same. Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill (No 2)
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.Companies (Directors Duties) Amendment Bill
Introduced on Aug 4 and passed through all stage under Urgency. The Bill sets up a regulatory framework for the introduction of part-charges for managed isolation and quarantine for those entering NZ. All parties supported the Bill though they differed over the regulatory settings for the charges.COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill
Introduced on Aug 4 an omnibus Bill which among other things gives the IRD more freedom to deal with the tax liabilities of people and businesses hit by covid-19. It also extends the reporting requirements of a number of organisation including councils, Crown entities and state owned enterprises.
Introduced on Oct 11. The Bill repeals the Statistics Act 1975 following a review of statistics legislation. Data and Statistics Bill
Drawn from the ballot and introduced on Oct 11. The Bill in the name of ACT MP James McDowall would require tertiary education institutions protect freedom of expression, including by issuing codes of practice. Tertiary education institutions would not be allowed to rely on their duty to eliminate or minimise potential risk of mental harm to students, staff, or visitors under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2 as a reason not to comply with their duty to ensure freedom of speech. Tertiary education institutions will be ineligible for funding, and may have funding suspended, revoked, or withdrawn, if they fail to comply with the requirement to protect freedom of expression. Education and Training (Freedom of Expression) Amendment Bill
Introduced on March 22. A member’s bill in the name of Adrian Rurawhe. The Bill amends the Public Finance Act and the Crown Entities Act to enable public organisations to meet statutory reporting requirements in electronic form. Electronic Compliance with Reporting Requirements Bill
Bill in the name of Labour MP Deborah Russell drawn from the ballot and introduced on Oct 21. The bill extends the time available to raise a personal grievance that involves allegations of sexual harassment from 90 days to 12 months. Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Bill
Introduced on March 22. A member’s bill in the name of Duncan Webb. It proposes to redress the power imbalance in contract terms, contract performance, and contract enforcement by prohibiting unfair contract terms, performance and enforcement, and requiring fair warning of the intention to rely on a limitation period. Fair Trading (Oppressive Contracts) Amendment Bill