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  • Three-pronged tax bill aims for fairness for NZ taxpayers 21 June 2019
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    13 May 2016 UPDATE: the Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill has passed into law. The bill made changes in very different areas: student loan defaulters, overseas property speculators, and internet purchases.

  • Increasing public safety: Electronic monitoring of offenders 19 October 2016
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    Some offenders, when they have finished serving their prison sentence, are released with conditions that ban them from entering areas that increase their risk of re-offending.

  • Housing bill passed under urgency 19 October 2016
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    8 September UPDATE: The House has passed the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill under urgency.

  • Protecting the welfare of our animals 19 October 2016
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    In 2014 Parliament passed the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill which changed animal welfare laws and strengthened the protection of animals in New Zealand.

  • Open all hours? Easter Sunday trading 19 October 2016
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    Should shop trading restrictions apply during Easter Sunday? Some public holidays have such restrictions; many don’t. How these restrictions affect us varies depending on what you think the holidays are intended for and how you prefer to use them.

  • Limiting Auckland local board membership 19 October 2016
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    9 May 2016 UPDATE: The Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No3) was passed into law. This bill amended the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 to prevent people from serving on more than one Auckland local board at the same time. Previously there was no limit to the number of local boards one person could serve on.

  • 'Gunfire breakfasts’ bill passed 19 October 2016
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    13 April 2016 UPDATE: The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Anzac Day Trading Hours for Licensed RNZRSA Clubs) Amendment Act 2016 has passed into law. The bill allows Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) clubs to serve alcohol before 1pm on Anzac Day without needing to get a special licence.

  • Strengthing Te Reo Māori 19 October 2016
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    29 April 2016 UPDATE: The Te Pire mō Te Reo Māori/Maori Language Bill has passed into law. The bill reinforces the status of the Māori language in New Zealand and establishes Te Mātāwai to lead revitalisation of te reo Māori on behalf of iwi and Māori.

  • Creating a child sex offender register 19 October 2016
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    Parliament is currently considering the Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Register) Bill which would allow for the creation of a register of child sex offenders.

  • Managing Wellington’s Town Belt 19 October 2016
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    9 May 2016 UPDATE: The Wellington Town Belt Bill has been passed into law. The bill changed the legal framework for the Wellington Town Belt, by strengthening the protection of, and modernising the governance arrangements for the Town Belt.

  • First step toward a 21st century tax system 19 October 2016
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    2 June 2016 UPDATE: The Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill has passed into law. This bill was an important step in transforming the Inland Revenue Department’s business practices.

  • Extending parental leave 19 October 2016
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    29 June 2016 UPDATE: The Government used its financial veto on the Parental Leave Amendment Bill. The bill seeks to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks and give more flexibility around returning to work. Learn more about the financial veto process.

  • Move towards standardised packaging of tobacco a step closer 29 November 2016
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    Smoking tobacco is one of the largest causes of preventable death and disease in New Zealand – about 5,000 people die every year. There’s evidence that the colours, wording, and imagery of packaging plays a role in promoting tobacco products continued use and uptake.

  • Access changes to private pools and spas 29 November 2016
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    Parliament is considering proposed changes to fencing for private pools and spas while still maintaining safety measures that prevent drownings.

  • Unwrapping the Education Legislation Bill 29 November 2016
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    The Education Legislation Bill looks at improvements to the administrative and governance arrangements for educational entities and funding organisations across the education sector. The bill was introduced on 26 November 2015. It amends several Acts, including some parts of the Education Act 1989.

  • Recovering from emergencies 29 November 2016
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    The Civil Defence and Emergency Management Amendment Bill proposes amending the current law to enable communities to recover more quickly from New Zealand’s most frequent emergencies such as floods, storms, and natural hazards.

  • Earthquakes recovery bill - read the report of the Local Government and Environment Committee 16 January 2017
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    The Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Bill is the third of three bills introduced to help with the recovery effort. It would allow Ministers to recommend temporary law changes to help with economic recovery, planning processes, and rebuilding.

  • Emergency earthquake relief bill - read the report of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee 16 January 2017
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    Updated 1 December 2016: Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday, 14 November 2016 an emergency earthquake relief bill, the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill, was introduced under urgency on 29 November 2016.

  • Civil Defence changes considered under urgency 16 January 2017
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    Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday 14 November 2016, legislation was been introduced on 29 November 2016 by the Government under urgency to assist recovery. One of the Bills being considered is the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Bill.

  • Identifying where our wines and spirits are made 16 January 2017
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    The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill will allow for a register to be set up that makes sure New Zealand’s wines and spirits are being traded in a way that informs consumers as to where they’re made.