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PCO editorial conventions for consolidations

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Each consolidation incorporates all the amendments to that enactment as at the date the consolidation was produced. A list of amendments at the end of each consolidation indicates which enactments have affected the principal enactment.

Links to any amending enactments that have yet to come into force are listed on the New Zealand Legislation website under the consolidation’s Versions and amendments tab.

Status of consolidations

Under section 79 of the Legislation Act 2019, a consolidation is presumed to correctly state, as at its stated date, the law enacted or made by the legislation consolidated and by the amendments to that legislation. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 87 of the Legislation Act 2019 have been made in the consolidation.

Changes made under sections 87 to 89 of the Legislation Act 2019

The Chief Parliamentary Counsel may, under section 86 of the Legislation Act 2019, authorise the making of editorial changes in a version of legislation as set out in sections 87 to 89 of that Act. Changes that would alter the effect of legislation are not permitted.

Section 87 of the Legislation Act 2019 sets out what editorial changes and corrections may be applied.

Section 88 of the Legislation Act 2019 empowers the making of secondary legislation to authorise the renumbering of specified legislation.

Section 89 of the Legislation Act 2019 gives the Chief Parliamentary Counsel the power to authorise format changes to a version of legislation to aid the reading or use of that legislation.

Under section 91 of the Legislation Act 2019, all authorised changes made under that Act must be outlined in general terms, and in a suitable place.

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