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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 […]

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 […]