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New Zealand: Government Consulting on Proposed Patent Term Extension Regulations

(July 15, 2016) On July 11, 2016, the New Zealand Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Paul Goldsmith, announced the release of a consultation document on proposed regulations for patent term extensions.  (Press Release, Paul Goldsmith, Consultation on Patent Term Extensions (July 11, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.) The regulations will implement specific intellectual property provisions in the […]

New Zealand: Two Men Sentenced for Possession of ISIS Material

(June 24, 2016) On June 23, 2016, in two separate cases, New Zealand’s Auckland District Court sentenced two men for offenses that included possession of videos produced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also referred to as ISIS).  The cases were the first of this kind in the country.  The charges against the […]

New Zealand: Annual Refugee Quota Increased

(June 15, 2016) On June 13, 2016, the New Zealand government announced that it will increase the country’s annual refugee quota from 750 to 1,000 places from the start of the 2018 fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2018.  (Press Release, Michael Woodhouse, Govt Announces Increase to Refugee Quota (June 13, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.)  The refugee […]

New Zealand: Draft Regulations on Plain Packaging of Cigarettes Released

(June 2, 2016) On May 31, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of Health released draft regulations that would implement the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament.  (Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations, Ministry of Health website (May 31, 2016); Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment […]

New Zealand: Review of Legislative Framework and Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies Completed

(Mar. 14, 2016) On March 9, 2016, the report of the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security was presented to New Zealand’s Parliament.  (Press Release, John Key, PM Welcomes Security and Intelligence Review (Mar. 9, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ; Michael Cullen & Patsy Reddy, Intelligence and Security in a Free Society: Report of the First Independent Review […]

New Zealand: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15.25 Per Hour

(Mar. 1, 2016) On February 29, 2016, the New Zealand Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Woodhouse, announced that the adult minimum wage will increase by NZ$0.50 to NZ$15.25 per hour (about US$10) from April 1, 2016.  (Press Release, Michael Woodhouse, Minimum Wage to Increase to $15.25 (Feb. 29, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.)  A smaller increase […]

New Zealand: Ocean Sanctuary Announced

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 28, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that a new, fully-protected ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region will be established by legislation to be enacted next year. The sanctuary will cover about 620,000 square kilometers (about 385,250 square miles) […]

New Zealand: New Rules on Drones Come into Effect

(July 31, 2015) On August 1, 2015, new and amended Civil Aviation Rules on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) came into effect in New Zealand. The rules, which were developed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, were approved by the Associate Minister of Transport […]

New Zealand: Legislation Aimed at Preventing and Punishing Cyberbullying Passed

(July 6, 2015) On June 30, 2015, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill. (Harmful Digital Communications Bill Passes, PARLIAMENT TODAY (June 30, 2015); Harmful Digital Communications Bill, New Zealand Parliament website (last visited July 6, 2015).) The legislation, which was originally introduced in November 2013, will establish complaint mechanisms for victims […]