From Bills to Acts (Statutes)

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Bills
Bills are drafts of proposed new laws, considered in formal stages. If they pass through all stages they becomes laws, called Acts of Parliament.
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Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Supplementary Order Papers (SOPs)
These set out proposed amendments to a bill. They may be in the name of a member or Minister. Some SOPs may propose to divide a bill.
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Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Statutes of New Zealand (also called Acts of Parliament)
Statutes (or Acts) are bills that have been passed through Parliament and have received the Royal assent.
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Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content New Zealand Acts as Enacted 1841 - 2007
This publicly-available database from the Parliamentary Counsel office contains the New Zealand Acts 1841 - 2007 As Enacted collection. The Acts, which are in PDF format, are as originally enacted and do not include any later amendments or show whether they have been repealed.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Regulations
Every Act is administered by a Government department or agency, which is responsible for the day-to-day workings of that Act. The Regulations are the “nuts and bolts” administration provided for under the Act. They are made pursuant to that Act.
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Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content New Zealand Legislation
Publicly-available access to up-to-date unofficial versions of Acts of Parliament, Bills, and Regulations from 2008.  Also provides Supplementary Order Papers (SOPs).



Committees and Debate

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Select Committee Reports
Select committees work on behalf of the House of Parliament and report their conclusions to the House. There are up to 13 subject-area select committees, plus ad hoc committees set up from time to time for particular purposes. Select committees often ask the public for input when they are considering a Bill.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)
New Zealand Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) is the report of the proceedings of the House. Hansard is good for tracking discussion and debate about a particular Bill.  Text is subject to correction until it is published as a bound volume. The bound volume is the only official report of the proceedings of the House.
Hansard in print at Massey Libraries
Browse Hansard online from 1987 onward

Background and Commentary

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Laws of New Zealand
An encyclopaedic work, updated quarterly. It provides an overview of the whole of the law of New Zealand – statutory, regulatory and judicial. It is a comprehensive source of primary comment.


 

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