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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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  • Autonomous Sanctions Bill

    May 19, 2017 / Bills passed

  • The Bill introduced on May 10 extends the range of sanctions the Government can use to influence the behaviour of a foreign individual, entity, or regime responsible for a situation of international concern. The sanctions currently available are considered inadequate and inflexible and not in line with NZs security partners. The Bill also increases the penalties for breaches of sanctions. First reading completed on August 15, 2017 and referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. Bill Discharged by incoming Labour govt in 2018 Autonomous Sanctions Bill

  • Autonomous Sanctions Bill

    July 4, 2021 / Bills passed

  • A Bill in the name of Gerry Brownlee drawn from the ballot and introduced on July 1. It establishes a regime enabling a NZ to set autonomous sanctions. Was previously a Bill from the last National Government which was discharged under Labour. First reading on Sept 22 voted down by Labour, Greens and Māori Party despite Labour supporting the concept. Autonomous Sanctions Bill

  • Biosecurity (Information for Incoming Passengers) Amendment Bill

    April 10, 2021 / Bills passed

  • Member’s bill in the name of Steph Willis, introduced on April 8. The bill amends the Biosecurity Act to require that all craft coming to NZ are required to provide biosecurity information to the persons onboard by means of an audio-visual recording and writing. First reading on June 30 with all parties in favour and referred to the Primary Production Committee. Reported back on Dec 3 with a large number of changes. These include delaying the commencement until specified by Order in Council, or 12 months after the bill receives Royal assent, whichever comes first. Much of the detail proposed in the bill is stripped out and replaced with a general duty to provide information with more detail to be set by regulation. Second reading completed on March 16 with all parties in favour. Committee stage completed on Sept 21. Third reading on Oct 19 with all parties in favour. Biosecurity (Information for Incoming Passengers) Amendment Bill

  • Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

    August 29, 2021 / Bills in progress, Bills passed

  • Introduced on Aug 10 2017. The bill makes a number of administrative changes to the principal law about access to identity certificates and the administration of the. First on Dec 5 supported by all parties and referred to the Governance and Administration Committee. Reported back on Aug 10 2018 including controversial changes to the bill making it easier to people to change their gender on official documents. NZ First objected to the change saying it was made without proper consultation as a result the bill stalled. Second reading on Aug 11 2021 with all parties in agreement to send the bill back to the select committee for public submissions on the changes made in 2018. Returned from select committee with minor changes and committee stage completed on Dec 7 and third reading Dec 9 with all parties in support.

    Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

  • Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill

    June 4, 2015 / Bills passed

  • Introduced and passed through all stages following the May 21 Budget. The bill introduces a framework for levies to be set to  fund the direct and indirect costs of activities carried out by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Customs relating to the processing of people arriving in and departing from New Zealand. Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill

  • Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill

    December 12, 2016 / Bills passed

  • A Bill in the name of NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell drawn from the Ballot on December 8. It would define in law games and sporting events that must be broadcast live on free-to-air television. First reading interrupted on March 22 with Labour indicating it would join National in opposing the Bill which means it will be voted down on the next Members Day. Voted down on April 12 with just NZ First and the Greens in favour of it progressing. Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill

  • Brokering (Weapons and Related Items) Controls Bill

    July 17, 2017 / Bills passed

  • Introduced on June 27. The bill establishes a regime to regulate the brokering of weapons and related items by New Zealanders and New Zealand entities. Brokering involves negotiating, arranging or facilitating the international movement of arms and military equipment from one foreign country to another foreign country. The Bill will require all NZers and NZ entities wishing to engage in brokering to register with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade  and obtain a permit for each brokering activity. First reading debate interrupted on July 6 and completed on July 27 2017. Reported back from the Finance and Expenditure Committee on March 29, 2018 with recommendation it be passed with a number of amendments over jurisdiction and the burden of proof. Completed second reading on May 1 and committee stage completed May 9. Third reading completed on May 15 with all parties in agreement.  Brokering (Weapons and Related Items) Controls Bill

  • Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

    May 12, 2020 / Bills passed

  • Introduced on May 12, 2020. The Bill is part of reforms of the building regulatory system. Amongst other things it places, minimum requirements for information on building products, a new framework for modular components and strengthens the product certification scheme. First reading on May 27 and referred to the Environment Committee with the support of all parties, though National MPs expressed concerns about some issues including the levy proposed. Reported back on March 4, 2021 with a large number of mainly technical changes. Second reading completed on March 18 with all parties in support. Committee stage on May 18 without further amendment. Third reading on June 3 with all parties in favour. Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

  • Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

    January 28, 2015 / Bills passed

  • Gives effect to decisions in Aug 2013 on managing earthquake prone buildings and gives the central government a bigger oversight role. Requires local authorities to do seismic capacity assessments of non-residential buildings and multi-storey and multi-unit residential buildings. Sets up a seismic register of buildings. Clarifies what an earthquake-prone building is and allows rules to be applied to parts of the building. Requires remedial work within 20 years to ensure a building is not earthquake-prone, with an extra 10 years for category 1 historic buildings and exemptions for other work which would otherwise be required in building consents. Prioritises work on some buildings. Allows for exemptions for certain buildings. Introduced Dec 9, 2013. First reading March 5 opposed only by the Greens and sent to the Local Govt and Environment Committee for consideration, submissions closed on April 17 2014. Select Committee report now due by March 30 2015. On Feb 24 the committee was given an extended deadline of July 30. On June 23 the select committee presented an interim report on the bill after a rethink about priorities in strengthening buildings. This included new timeframes and reclassification of buildings, with some to be covered by new law more quickly and others delayed or  exempted. Submissions on the interim report close on July 16 with a final report due by September 3. Reported back on September 2 confirming changes announced in May, such as zoning areas into low, medium and high risk, and the prioritising of education, hospital and emergency buildings. The most significant change in the bill since then is adding a new category of priority buildings to cover parts of an unreinforced masonry building like a parapet or veranda which could fall into a public area. Completed its second reading on March 2 by 120  to 1 with ACT opposed. David Seymour said changes to the bill did not do enough to reduce costs relating to low risk buildings and areas, particularly in Auckland. Committee stage completed on March 30 with Seymour’s amendments shot down and third reading interrupted on April 12. Third reading completed on May 10 with just ACT opposing.  Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

  • Building Amendment Bill

    September 2, 2018 / Bills passed

  • Introduced on August 15. The Bill proposes two new sets of powers to improve the system for managing buildings after an emergency and to provide for investigating building failures. First reading on Sept 11 with all parties in support and referred to the Transport and Infrastructure Committee. Reported back on April 5 with numerous changes including around the powers to enter buildings. Second reading on May 23 and committee stage completed on May 29 with all parties in support. Third reading completed on June 12 all parties in support. Building Amendment Bill