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Parliamentary bills introduced and passed, 10 to 11 December 2013

On 11 December 2013 the House of Representatives adjourned until 2pm on 28 January 2014.

Bills introduced and given a third reading during final sitting of 2013 were as follows:

Bill Introduced

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill, on 10 December 2013. Amends the Building Act 2004 to give effect to reforms announced in August 2013 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings. Departmental disclosure statement. Regulatory impact statement.

Bills given a third reading

Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill (No 2), on 10 December 2013. Introduced on 29 July 2013 by Hon Gerry Brownlee. To prevent the lapse (expiry or deemed revocation) of some subordinate legislation that lapses at a statement time unless earlier confirmed or validated by Act of Parliament. Confirms orders under the Biosecurity Act 1993, Civil Aviation Act 1990, Commodity Levies Act 1990, Customs and Excise Act 1996, Gambling Act 2003, Land Transport Act 1998, New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001, Road User Charges Act 2012, Social Security Act 1964, and War Pensions Act 1954. The Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Fair Trading Amendment Bill, on 10 December 2013. Amends the Fair Trading Act 1986 and repeals the Layby Sales Act 1971. Introduced on 20 April 2011 as part of the Consumer Law Reform Bill (clauses 1 and 2, subpart 1 of Part 1, and Schedule 1) and divided by committee of the whole house on 3 December 2013. Aims to modernise New Zealand's consumer law and improve its alignment with Australian consumer law. Sections 6(3), 7, 9, 10, 11, 12B, 18, 22, 23, 23A, 25, 30, and 31 come into force on the day that is 6 months after the date on which the Act receives the Royal Assent. Sections 11A and 26A come into force on the day which is 15 months after the date on which the Act receives the Royal Assent. The rest of the Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent. Government press statement.

Consumer Guarantees Amendment Bill, on 10 December 2013. Amends the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993. Introduced on 20 April 2011 as part of the Consumer Law Reform Bill (subpart 2 of Part 1, and Schedule 2) and divided by committee of the whole house on 3 December 2013. Aims to modernise New Zealand's consumer law and improve its alignment with Australian consumer law. Sections 35, 35A, 35B, 36, 39, 40A, 41, and 43 come into force on the day that is 6 months after the date on which the Act receives the Royal Assent. The rest of the Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Weights and Measures Amendment Bill, on 10 December 2013. Amends the Weights and Measures Act 1987. Introduced on 20 April 2011 as part of the Consumer Law Reform Bill (subpart 3 of Part 1) and divided by committee of the whole house on 3 December 2013. Aims to modernise New Zealand's consumer law and improve its alignment with Australian consumer law. Comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Amendment Bill, on 10 December 2013. Amends the Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2004. Introduced on 20 April 2011 as part of the Consumer Law Reform Bill (subpart 4 of Part 1) and divided by committee of the whole house on 3 December 2013. Aims to modernise New Zealand's consumer law and improve its alignment with Australian consumer law. Comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Carriage of Goods Amendment Bill, on 10 December 2013. Amends the Carriage of Goods Act 1979. Introduced on 20 April 2011 as part of the Consumer Law Reform Bill (subpart 5 of Part 1) and divided by committee of the whole house on 3 December 2013. Aims to modernise New Zealand's consumer law and improve its alignment with Australian consumer law. Comes into force on the day that is 6 months after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Auctioneers Bill, on 10 December 2013. Repeals the Auctioneers Act 1928 and the Auctioneers Regulations 1958 (SR 1958/25). Introduced on 20 April 2011 as part of the Consumer Law Reform Bill (Part 2 and Schedule 3) and divided by committee of the whole house on 3 December 2013. Aims to modernise New Zealand's consumer law and improve its alignment with Australian consumer law. Comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Royal Succession Bill, on 10 December 2013. Introduced on 18 February 2013 by Hon Judith Collins. Modernises historic Royal succession rules by providing for gender-neutral succession, removing exclusions as to marriage of Roman Catholics, and requiring only the first six in line to the throne to seek the Sovereign's permission to marry. Parts 1 and 2 come into force on a time and day to be appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council. The rest of the Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent. Government press statement.

Mokomoko (Restoration of Character, Mana, and Reputation) Bill, on 10 December 2013. Mokomoko, a Te Whakatohea Rangatira, was tried and executed in 1866 for the murder of Carl Sylvius Volkner. Mokomoko maintained his innocence throughout the trial. He was granted a free pardon by the Governor-General in 1992. However, this pardon was granted without consulting te whanau a Mokomoko, and differed from the pardon granted to two men of Ngati Awa for the same event. Te whanau a Mokomoko was concerned that the terms of the 1992 pardon for Mokomoko did not expressly restore his character, mana, and reputation, or those of his uri. Introduced on 12 October 2011 by Hon Pita Sharples. Comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent. Ministerial press statement.

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Last updated on the 12th December 2013