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Acts and Legislative Instruments

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How do I find a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?
How does an Act become law?
How do Legislative Instruments become law?
How do I find out what Acts or Legislative Instruments are in force?
Which versions of legislation are official?
How do I find legislation relating to a particular topic?
How do I get help with understanding or applying a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?
How do I find out which agency administers a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?
How do I find out which Minister is responsible for a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?
How do I find repealed or revoked legislation?
How do I find out whether Legislative Instrument have been made under an Act?
How do I get a copy of a reprinted Act or Legislative Instrument?
When does a new Act or Legislative Instrument become available?

How do I find a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?

You can search, browse, and print Acts and Legislative Instrument on the New Zealand Legislation website. This site provides current versions of legislation (with amendments incorporated), amendment Acts and amendment Legislative Instruments from 1999, and legislation repealed or revoked after 4 September 2007. See the New Zealand Legislation website for more information about what is on the site, searching and browsing, and printing.

See also Online legislation and Printed legislation.

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How does an Act become law?

See How does a Bill become law?

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How do Legislative Instruments become law?

Legislative Instruments are laws made by the Governor-General, Ministers of the Crown, and certain other bodies under powers conferred by an Act of Parliament, except those that are resolutions of the House of Representatives. See also Chapter 7 of the Cabinet Manual.

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How do I find out what Acts or Legislative Instruments are in force?

See What Acts and Legislative Instruments are in force.

See also the Table of legislation waiting to be brought into force by Order in Council.

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Which versions of legislation are official?

Official New Zealand legislation is available through the New Zealand Legislation website. Official legislation displays the New Zealand Coat of Arms on the front page. See Status of legislation on this website: what is official. Official New Zealand legislation is also published in hard copy by the PCO and printed by Legislation Direct.

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How do I find legislation relating to a particular topic?

See Search tips - how do I find ...: Legislation on a particular topic.

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How do I get help with understanding or applying a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?

See If you need more information: About the interpretation or operation of legislation.

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How do I find out which agency administers a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?

The government agency that administers the legislation is usually named on the Act or Legislative Instrument's contents page.

The contact details for all government agencies are available from Govt.nz.

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How do I find out which Minister is responsible for a particular Act or Legislative Instrument?

The Cabinet Office maintains a ministerial list that sets out the portfolios and other responsibilities of each Minister. As a general rule, a Minister who has responsibility for a particular agency is responsible for the Acts and Legislative Instruments that it administers. However, sometimes this responsibility may be shared with another Minister, or delegated to an Associate Minister. See also How do I contact my MP or a Minister?

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How do I find repealed or revoked legislation?

See Repealed and revoked legislation on the New Zealand Legislation website.

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How do I find out whether Legislative Instruments have been made under an Act?

Legislative Instruments are usually given a name that starts with the name of the Act under which they were made. For example, the names of Legislative Instruments made under the Health Act 1956 usually start with the word "Health" (eg Health (Immunisation) Regulations 1995).

You can search the New Zealand Legislation website for Legislative Instruments with titles beginning with the name of the Act in question.

The table of Acts and other authorities under which Statutory Regulations are made is available electronically for instruments made in 2005 and subsequent complete years.

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How do I get a copy of a reprinted Act or Legislative Instrument?

Reprints are available from the New Zealand Legislation website. Traditional hard-copy reprints are also available from Legislation Direct (the PCO's contracted printer and distributor of legislation).

More information about reprintsĀ Ā»

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When does a new Act or Legislative Instrument become available?

See How up to date is this website? for when new legislation is published on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Printed copies become available from Legislation Direct and some bookshops up to ten working days after an Act receives Royal assent. Legislative Instruments are usually available five working days after they are made.

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