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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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  • Water Services Entities Amendment Bill

    July 15, 2023 / Bills passed

  • Introduced on June 16. The bill reflects the govt decisions on water services reforms. This includes a new representation model on the entities which will now number 10 not four and a longer period for establishment to be between July 2024 and July 2026. First reading on 22 with National, Act, Greens and Kerekere opposed. Referred to the governance and administration committee and reported back on July 27 with minor changes. Second reading on Aug 2 with Labour, Greens and Kerekere in support. Committee stage and third reading completed on Aug 15 with Labour, Greens and Kerekere in support.


    Water Services Entities Amendment Bill

  • Water Services Entities Bill

    June 6, 2022 / Bills passed

  • Introduced on June 2 the bill is the first in a suite of legislation to implement the three waters reform. In particular, this bill creates the framework for four publicly owned water services entities created out of councils existing water assets. First reading on June 29 opposed by National and Act. Sent to the Finance and Expenditure Committee with a Nov 11 report back. Reported back on Nov 11 with a number of amendments but the substantive thrust of the bill retained. Second reading on Nov 16 with National and Act still opposed. Committee stage completed under urgency on Nov 22 with National, Act and Te Paati Maori opposed. The bill was sent back to the committee stage on Dec 6 after Labour had second thoughts on a clause which attempted to entrench anti-privatisation provisions put in by the Greens at the committee stage. The clause was removed with only the Greens opposed. Third reading on Dec 7 with all parties except Labour opposed.

    Water Services Entities Bill

  • Water Services Legislation Bill

    December 12, 2022 / Bills passed

  • Introduced on Dec 8. The bill sets out the functions, powers, obligations, and oversight arrangements of water services entities. First reading on Dec 13 with National and Act opposed. Reported back on June 8 with a vast number of changes with National, Act and the Greens all filing reports opposing the bill or aspects of it. These objections were mainly around the nature of governance of the new entities and asset transfers. Unusually the committee’s report also admonished officials for making changes to the bill without the knowledge or consent of the committee. Second reading, committee stage and third reading on Aug 22 with just Labour in favour.

    Water Services Legislation Bill

  • Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill

    February 27, 2015 / Bills passed

  • Introduced Feb 23 2015. Makes a number of changes to the administration of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services, addresses issues are around eligibility and claims, also validates a number of Gazette notices. Completed its first reading on March 10 with general agreement and was sent to the Local Govt and Environment Committee with a report back date of  July 31. Reported back On July 8 with numerous technical amendments. Second reading given on September 17 on a voice vote. Committee stage interrupted on Oct 21 and then completed on February 16. Third reading passed on a voice vote on March 9. Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill

  • Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill

    October 23, 2022 / Bills passed

  • Introduced on Sept 29 the bill gives news power to Labour inspectors and immigration officials to investigate migrant worker exploitation, creates new infringement offences, allows the publication of those who are convicted of immigration offences and also bars those convicted from being the director or manager of a company. First reading on Oct 18 with all parties in favour and sent to the Education and Workforce Committee. Reported back on March 20 with minor amendments.  Second reading on May 11 with National and Act opposed saying it did not address the issues properly. Committee stage completed on June 20 and third reading on June 29 with no change in parties’ positions.

    Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill

  • Youth Employment Training and Education Bill

    March 16, 2017 / Bills passed

  • A Member’s Bill in the name of Darroch Ball introduced on March 9. The Bill provides for the Defence Forces to provide specialist education and training for 15 to 17 year olds. Defeated at first reading on May 11 with National, Greens, Maori Party, ACT and United Future opposed. Youth Employment Training and Education Bill