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Legislative Updates

This register is updated regularly and new developments are reported in every second edition of Hugovision.

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  • Integrity Sport and Recreation Bill

    April 9, 2023 / Bills introduced

  • Introduced on March 28. The bill sets up a new independent Crown entity called the Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission. It will promote, advise, and educate on integrity issues within the sector, engage with participants, prescribe policies and procedures for complaints and disputes, implement the World Anti-Doping Code, and investigate suspected breaches of integrity codes and threats to integrity. First reading on April 4, opposed by Act and sent to the social services and community committee. Reported back from select committee on Aug 4 with a number of amendments. Remaining stages completed under Urgency on Aug 15 with just Act opposed.

    Integrity Sport and Recreation Bill

  • Land Transport (Clean Vehicle Standard) Amendment Bill

    June 20, 2024 / Bills introduced

  • Introduced under Urgency on May 30. This bill enables Clean Vehicle Standard targets for reducing CO2 emissions for 2025 onwards to be set in secondary legislation, and empowers a cost recovery scheme, which involves the collection of fees, to contribute to the costs of administering the Clean Vehicle Standard, to be set in secondary legislation. The standard requires vehicle importers to meet annual carbon dioxide emissions targets. Vehicle importers must meet these targets, on average, across all the vehicles they import in a year. This enables high-emission vehicles to be imported if their emissions are offset by the importation of zero-emission or low-emission vehicles.

    Land Transport (Clean Vehicle Standard) Amendment Bill

  • Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill

    May 27, 2024 / Bills introduced

  • Introduced on May 20. The bill reinstate polls on Māori wards and Māori constituencies, require councils to hold a binding poll at the 2025 local elections, and adjust the statutory time frames for local elections. First reading on May 23 with National, Act and NZ First in favour. Sent to the justice committee to be reported back by June 21.

    Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill

  • Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill

    June 20, 2024 / Bills introduced

  • Introduced on May 30 under Urgency. The bill lays the foundation for a new framework of water services management, including a new water services delivery arrangement for Auckland. Councils will be able to use the provisions to start planning future water services delivery and undertake steps to establish, join, or amend council-controlled organisations. It requires councils to submit water services delivery plans within 12 months of the bill’s enactment. These plans can be done jointly between councils. The bill also requires councils to provide information for economic regulation. A further bill is planned. First reading under Urgency and sent to the Finance and Expenditure Committee with the support of National, Act and NZ First to be reported back by July 18.

     

    Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill

  • Medicines (Exemption for Authorised Prescribers) Amendment Bill

    August 13, 2023 / Bills introduced

  • Introduced on Aug 3. A member’s bill in the name of Penny Simmonds it proposes extending the exemption for medical practitioners to obtain unapproved medicines.

    Medicines (Exemption for Authorised Prescribers) Amendment Bill

  • New Zealand Bill of Rights (Right to Lawfully Acquired Property) Amendment Bill

    August 13, 2023 / Bills introduced

  • Introduced on July 27. A member’s bill in the name of Barbara Kuriger. It proposes to add a ‘right to property’ into the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. This Bill proposes everyone has the right to own and use their lawfully acquired property, whether they own the property individually or in association with others. Everyone has the right not to be deprived of their lawfully acquired property except on such grounds that are established by law and with reasonable compensation. 

     

    New Zealand Bill of Rights (Right to Lawfully Acquired Property) Amendment Bill

  • Overseas Investment (Build-to-rent and Similar Rental Developments) Amendment Bill

    June 20, 2024 / Bills introduced

  • Introduced on June 11. The bill provides a new streamlined test that allows overseas investors to buy existing large rental developments, providing they meet the requirements of the investor test. This test enables other types of large rental developments that are functionally the same as BTR but may be considered different housing types, such as worker accommodation. Consent will be conditional on investors continuing to make available for lease at least 20 of the dwellings; otherwise, they must divest their interest in the asset.

    Overseas Investment (Build-to-rent and Similar Rental Developments) Amendment Bill

  • Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Shared Leave) Amendment Bill

    December 12, 2022 / Bills introduced

  • Members bill in the name of Nicola Willis introduced on Dec 8. The bill allows paid parental leave to be split between spouses or partners and taken at the same time, provided the total paid parental leave doesn’t exceed the maximum provided for a single primary carer.

     

    Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Shared Leave) Amendment Bill