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Changes to New Zealand’s resource management system

All kiwis are exposed to the effects of resource management laws in one way or another. The bill would make wide-spread changes to many areas of the resource management system, from big-picture national planning through to local council processes.

23 September 2016
Recovering from emergencies

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.

23 September 2016
Tighter rules proposed for foreign trusts

Parliament is considering a bill that would mean changes to rules for foreign trusts.

15 September 2016
Keeping New Zealand’s food safe

Three years after a botulism scare involving whey protein concentrate used in infant formula and other food products, the New Zealand Parliament is considering the Food Safety Law Reform Bill.

15 September 2016
Spring clean of old laws aims to delete 132 Acts

To keep New Zealand’s legislation up to date, Parliament is considering a bill that would cancel 132 out-of-date laws, some dating back to the 1870s.

15 September 2016
Significant changes to NZ education proposed

The Education (Update) Amendment Bill aims to bring about significant changes to the way children are educated in New Zealand.

15 September 2016
Unwrapping the Education Legislation Bill

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.

14 September 2016
Increasing public safety: Electronic monitoring of offenders

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.

14 September 2016
Boosting cooperation between councils

Should local authorities work together more to coordinate and combine resources in order to improve service delivery and infrastructure provision? Do there need to be more options to reorganise councils?

09 September 2016
Housing bill passed under urgency

8 September UPDATE: The House has passed the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill under urgency.

09 September 2016
More powers for DOC to protect NZ wildlife

Protecting New Zealand’s native wildlife from smuggling, poaching, and hunting is the focus of a bill which would give some Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers greater powers.

08 September 2016
Move towards standardised packaging of tobacco a step closer

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.

31 August 2016
Changes proposed to NZ’s intelligence and security agency laws

The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill is the Government’s response to the Report of the First Independent Review of Intelligence and Security in New Zealand: Intelligence and Security in a Free Society.

25 August 2016
Three-pronged tax bill aims for fairness for NZ taxpayers

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.

16 August 2016
Healthy Homes Bill: Setting new standards for rental homes

According to the 2013 Census, over 450,000 New Zealand homes were rented.  The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No 2), proposes changing the current law to ensure that every rental home in New Zealand meets minimum standards of heating and insulation.

16 August 2016
Access changes to private pools and spas

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

12 August 2016
Getting fibre for UFB into shared properties – last chance to have your say on proposed law changes

Parliament’s Commerce Committee is considering a bill that aims to make it easier to get fibre for ultra-fast broadband (UFB) installed in properties with shared access, while ensuring the rights of property owners are protected.

12 August 2016
Proposed Kermadec ocean sanctuary

22 July 2016 UPDATE: The committee reported back to the House of Representatives about the new ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region of the South Pacific Ocean.

27 July 2016
Reforming of New Zealand’s fire services

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill aims to bring together volunteer, professional, urban and rural firefighters, who currently work under different agencies into a single national fire service.

06 July 2016
Extending parental leave

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.

29 June 2016