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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 […]

New Zealand: Animal Welfare Legislation Recognizes Animals as Sentient, Bans Cosmetic Testing

(May 19, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the New Zealand Parliament unanimously passed the Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No. 2) 2015, which includes an amendment to the long title of the principal legislation, the Animal Welfare Act 1999, in order to specifically recognize animals as sentient. (Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 2015, s 4, […]

New Zealand: Parliament Passes Foreign Fighters Legislation

(Dec. 11, 2014) On December 9, 2014, in a 94-27 vote, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, which includes amendments to the Customs and Excise Act 1996, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Act 1969, and the Passports Act 1992 aimed at stopping people from leaving the country to join […]

New Zealand: New Blood and Breath Alcohol Content Limits for Drivers Come into Effect

(Dec. 5, 2014) On December 1, 2014, new drunk driving limits came into effect in New Zealand. (Land Transport Amendment Act (No 2) 2014, Ministry of Transport (last updated Dec. 2, 2014).) The changes follow the passage of the Land Transport Amendment Act (No. 2) 2014 (New Zealand Legislation website (Aug. 2014)). This Act lowered […]

New Zealand: Implementation of Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 Commences

(May 2, 2014) On April 1, 2014, the first implementation phase of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act) commenced in New Zealand. (Financial Markets Conduct Act, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website (last updated Apr. 2, 2014); Financial Markets Conduct (Phase 1) Order 2014, New Zealand Legislation website.) The legislation, which was […]

New Zealand: New Deed of Understanding Allows for Reduction in Mail Delivery Services

(Oct. 25, 2013) On October 23, 2013, it was announced that the New Zealand government had agreed to a new Deed of Understanding with New Zealand Post that will allow for mail delivery frequency to be reduced from a current minimum of six days per week to a minimum of three days for the majority […]

New Zealand: Patents Bill Passed, Includes Ban on Software Patents

(Aug. 30, 2013) On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, COMPUTERWORLD (Aug. 29, 2013).) The legislation, which was first introduced in 2008, replaces the Patents Act 1953 and seeks to “update the New […]

New Zealand; Taiwan: Free Trade Agreement Signed

(July 18, 2013) On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It is Taiwan’s first free trade pact with a developed economy and, according to the ROC Ministry […]

New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, THE <?NEW ZEALAND HERALD (Apr. 17, 2013).) The bill amends the Marriage Act 1955 to add a definition of “marriage” that states that […]

Australia; New Zealand: New Food Labeling Standard Requires Manufacturers to Prove Health Claims

(Apr. 11, 2013) On April 7, 2013, New Zealand’s Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition claims made in relation to their products. (Press Release, Hon. Nikki Kaye, New Food Health Labelling […]