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.
Adverse Weather-affected Timber Recovery on Conservation Lands Bill
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 April 6. A member’s bill in the name of Ibrahim Omer. The bill makes it an offence of theft under the Crimes Act for an employer to deliberately not pay an employee their full entitlements with imprisonment of up to a year or a fine of up to $30,000.
Introduced on Aug 11. A member’s bill in the name of the Green’s Eugenie Sage. The bill would ban permits for minerals activities (prospecting, exploration and mining) and access arrangements over conservation lands and waters. It would also ban all new coal mines or extension of existing mines anywhere in NZ.
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
Introduced on Sept 22. A member’s bill in the name of Labour MP Helen White. It would prohibit the use of restraints of trade in employment agreements for lower and middle income employees. It will also require employers of higher income employees to consider whether a restraint of trade is appropriate in relation to those employees and, if they insist on a restraint of trade, to compensate the employees for it.
Introduced on May 18. The bill allows money raised from fuel levies to be sent on fuel security measures such as storing more petrol and diesel onshore in NZ. Passed through all stages with Te Paati Māori and Whaitiri opposed.
Introduced on May 18 under urgency. The bill ensures that discoveries of new gas deposits from pre-1986 fields (Maui and Mckee) pay the higher royalty rate imposed on past-1986 fields. Passed through all stages with National, ACT, Te Paati Māori and Whaitiri opposed.
Bill in the name of Melissa Lee drawn from the ballot and introduced on Nov 11. The bill seeks to prohibit the sale of gift cards with an expiry date of less than three years after the initial sale date.
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