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Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) publishing requirements

Secondary Legislation that has international transparency obligations under the CPTPP must be accessible from the New Zealand Legislation website.

If the secondary legislation is drafted by the PCO, it is published in full on the NZ Legislation website.

If it is not drafted by the PCO, it can be found on the NZ Legislation website by searching the website for the document’s title. This will take the user to a page that links to the external website where the maker has published the legislation.

See sections 75 and 76 of the Legislation Act 2019 for the specific publishing obligations that relate to secondary legislation not published by the PCO with international transparency obligations.

The CPTPP is a free trade agreement between New Zealand and 10 other countries in the Asia–Pacific region. Under the CPTPP’s transparency provisions (paragraph 5 of Article 26.2, Chapter 26), CPTPP parties are obliged to make “regulation[s] of general application adopted by its central level of government respecting any matter covered by this Agreement” available on a “single official website”.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has identified the provisions that empower the making of  secondary legislation that sections 75 to 77 of the Legislation Act 2019 apply to. The agencies that make and publish this legislation then provide the necessary information and links for the PCO to add to the NZ Legislation website.

See more about publishing obligations under the CPTPP at Notifying CPTPP- secondary legislation to the PCO »

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