Several new law changes from 1 July
A number of changes to New Zealand laws began on Monday, 1 July 2019, along with some changes to taxes and payments.
The Family Violence Act 2018 and most of the provisions of the Family Violence (Amendments) Act 2018 came into force on 1 July. One of the major changes is to Protection Orders. From 1 July, all Protection Orders – including ones granted before then – will have extra standard conditions.
The Family Violence Act also expands the definition of "family violence" to include coercion or controlling behaviour and dowry-related abuse (section 9).
Amendments made by the Family Violence (Amendments) Act 2018 to the Care of Children Act 2004 come into effect on 1 July. Judges can make a temporary Protection Order when considering applications under CoCA if they have concerns about the safety of a child or an adult (section 57A).
Judges will be able to take more factors into account when considering the safety of a child under CoCA applications, including family violence offences (section 5A).
Oranga Tamariki changes
A number of major changes to the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 made by the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017 came into force on 1 July.
The Youth Court jurisdiction has been extended to include 17-year-olds up to their 18th birthday.
The Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 came into effect. These set out national care standards for children and young persons in the care or custody of the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki and other organisations approved under section 396 of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 with the care or custody of children or young persons.
Oranga Tamariki is now required to improve and report on outcomes for Māori.
The Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1 July. They prohibit retailers from selling plastic shopping bags in New Zealand for the purpose of distributing goods sold by retailers. "Sold" covers both providing for a monetary consideration or given free of charge.
Last updated on the 16th September 2019