Introduced Sept 21, the bill implements a ban on the export of livestock by sea by April 2023. First reading Oct 19 and sent to the Primary Production Committee with National and Act opposed. Reported back on April 14 as National and Act continued to oppose the bill and the select committee is a balanced one, it was unable to agree on changes or whether it should proceed. In the second reading on May 11, the govt confirmed it would be continuing with the bill. Committee stage on Aug 23 interrupted with the govt inserting technical amendments it was unable to make in select committee and completed on Aug 31. Third reading Sept 28 with National and Act opposed. Animal Welfare Amendment Bill
First reading August 2013. The bill seeks to improve the animal welfare system following the Government’s review in 2011–2012. It does not alter fundamental policy settings. Reported back from select committee on June 26 with amendments around standards of welfare for animals, including live animals for export. The Greens unhappy the bill does not ban animal testing of cosmetics and want stronger protections for animals used in intensive factory farming. Completed its second reading on November 27 with the Greens still opposing. Ministers have indicated they are open to the idea of banning animal testing of cosmetics in New Zealand as it appears this does not happen in this country. Completed its committee stage on March 31 with a Government amendment banning the use of animals for testing of cosmetics accepted by all parties. The bill remains generally supported but a number of parties are concerned at the long transitional period for tougher rules over animal welfare, particularly in factory farming. Passed its third reading on May 5 with general support, though Opposition parties still argued it did not go far enough. Animal Welfare Bill
Introduced on July 6. The Bill extends statutory audit reporting dates for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years for Crown entities, local authorities and council-controlled organisations due to a shortage of auditors. Passed through all stages on July 7 and 8 with National opposed.
Introduced on March 13. The Bill extends obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 to real estate agents, lawyers, accountants, conveyancers, the New Zealand Racing Board, and some high-value dealers. This Bill also establishes the Department of Internal Affairs as the relevant anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism supervisor for these entities. First reading completed on March 23 on a voice vote and referred to the Law and Order Committee for consideration. The report back deadline of four months is shorter than usual. Reported back from select committee on July 14 with a large number of amendments. These include a staggered implementation of the new regime, numerous changes to definitions, more privacy protections, changes to the disclosure and reporting regime and amendments to the protections of legal privilege. Second reading completed on August 1 with all parties in agreement. Committee stage on August 2 with the Govt making further minor changes and given its third reading on August 3 with all parties in agreement. Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill
Member’s Bill in the name of Paul Foster-Bell (Now Andrew Bayly) introduced on March 9, 2017. Amends the Arbitration Act in relation to arbitration clauses in trust deeds to bring New Zealand’s approach into line with foreign arbitration legislation. Extends the presumption of confidentiality in arbitration in court, defines the grounds for setting aside an arbitral award and confirms the consequence of failing to raise a timely objection to an arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction. First reading debate interrupted on April 12, but all parties except for NZ First indicated support for it to progress to select committee. Completed first reading on May 10 and referred to the Justice and Electoral Committee for consideration. Report back extended to May 11. On April 6, the committee released an interim report which included a detailed officials’ report with wide-ranging recommendations for amendments to allow interested parties to make new submissions. Report back deadline extended to October 1. Reported back on Oct 1 with wide ranging changes as signalled in the officials’ report. Second reading on March 6 with all parties in agreement. Committee stage completed April 3 with no major changes after rewrite in select committee.Third reading completed on May 1 with all parties in agreement. Arbitration Amendment 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. Reported back on May 18 with the recommendation the Bill not proceed. Voted down at second reading with just National and ACT in support. Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill (No 2).
Introduced Nov 8. The bill amends the Arms Act to extend the validity of firearms licences for applications delayed in processing. First reading on Nov 8 opposed by Te Paati Māori and sent to the justice committee. Reported back on Nov 17 with minor amendments and Act putting in a minority report opposed to some aspects. Passed through remaining stages with all parties in support on Nov 22.
Introduced on April 2 with the intent of banning semi-automatic and military style weapons and their associated parts. Given first reading on April 2 with just ACT opposed with the leave of Parliament sent to the Finance and Expenditure Committee with an April 8 report back. Reported back with minor amendments with most debate and changes made around exceptions and definitions. Ministers given wide powers to set definitions in regulations and set up an amnesty and buy-back regime. Exceptions were narrow and mainly limited to licensed predator controllers. Second reading completed on April 9, committee stage and third reading on April 10 with just ACT opposed.
Introduced on Sept 18, the Bill is the second tranche of gun law and includes a firearm register and tighter licensing regime. First reading on Sept 24 with National opposed. Bill referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee to be reported back by Feb 10. Committee delivered an interim report on Dec indicating its thinking on a number of issues including around the Police’s powers to inspect and the registration of gun parts. Bill reported back on Feb 10 with a large number of amendments. National and ACT put in minority reports opposing the Bill saying it went too far in restricting the rights, and imposing costs, on lawful gun owners. Bill currently on hold as NZ First seeks changes. Committee stage on June 16 with changes made including expanding exceptions for pest control. The govt also indicated it would be introducing further legislation to set up a stand alone agency to manage gun licencing and the arms registry. Third reading on June 16 with National and ACT opposed. Arms Legislation Bill
A private Bill introduced on Sept 12. It removes from the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act the requirement specified amenities prepare financial statements according to NZ International Financial Reporting Standards, and to allow them a single set of financial statements complying with generally accepted accounting practice. First reading on Sept 25 supported by all parties and sent to the Governance and Administration Committee. Reported back on Feb 21 and second reading completed on March 11 with all parties in support. Committee stage June 17 and third reading July 1, supported by all parties. Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Amendment Bill