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 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 Aug 31. The bill would allow the Government to implement a tax of 3% on digital services revenues connected to intermediation platforms, social media and content sharing platforms, internet search engines, digital advertising and user-generated data. The tax would apply to large businesses with global digital services revenues of at least €750m per revenue year and at least $3.5m of NZ digital services revenue per revenue year.
Introduced on July 27. Member’s bill in the name of Anahila Kanongata’a. The bill aims to protect judgment debtors from being subject to excessive attachment orders. It does this by amending the District Court Act 2016 to ensure that an attachment order on its own cannot lead to a deduction of more than 5 percent of the net earnings of a judgment debtor who is in receipt of a main benefit.
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 Aug 31. A member’s bill in the name of James McDowall. It amends the Employment Relations Act to enable businesses that have 20 or more employees to include a 90-day trial period in a new employee’s employment agreement.
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
Introduced on Aug 3. This bill amends the Fisheries Act to enable NZ to better meet its international fishing management and compliance obligations in relation to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Introduced on Aug 22. The bill sets up a series of reserves and protected areas restricting activities to different degrees within the Hauraki Gulf. First reading on Aug 28 with all parties in favour and referred to the Environment Committee.