Watching Brief – March 2015

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Matter of opinion

RMA Reform Take Two: Sustainability in Law Reform

Development of high quality legislation requires a clear understanding of how new arrangements will play out on the ground. Stakeholders play a critical role in this respect, providing Ministers, officials and drafters with invaluable information about what is or isn’t likely to work. Release of issues papers, option papers and exposure drafts on Bills mean fewer major changes at the Select Committee Stage (to the extent significant change is possible at that point). More importantly, this avoids unintended outcomes that carry significant hidden costs. As a small isolated nation competing on an increasingly global level, we simply can’t afford to make unnecessary mistakes. To say nothing of the environment.

There has been a general shift towards greater public engagement in the early stages of the legislative process over recent years, but not on a consistent basis. In this context, the ambiguity of the Government’s current approach to its RMA reform programme is disappointing and arguably risky. The Government’s understandable desire to progress an important reform with a sense of urgency should not be at the expense of a quality, long term and durable return.

As noted in the Cabinet Manual, several rounds of consultation may be needed on significant or complex legislation before it is formally introduced in the House. However, few details have emerged about the content of the proposed RMA reforms notwithstanding the work of the earlier Technical Advisory Groups. What information has been provided is high level and already broadly known. A range of stakeholders over the last few years has been contributing constructively to the debate, including organisations and individuals with extensive RMA expertise. Given the complexity of the RMA, stakeholders’ ongoing input into the detail of the reforms will be essential for future workability and effectiveness. 

On the upside, it is still possible the Government will release an exposure draft for consideration (we understand that no final decision on this has yet been made). This will be a critical opportunity to properly test the detail of the changes and avoid costly repercussions further down the line. Feedback at Select Committee is of course important, but any Bill should be well developed and tested by this stage. Consultation now is necessary if the Government is serious about developing durable reforms, and will only enhance public understanding and buy-in.

In politics

Privileges Committee calls for submissions on use of social media in Parliament

The Privileges Committee has invited public submissions on the question of privilege currently before it: the use of social media in reporting on parliamentary proceedings.

The Committee had in 2014 been asked by the House to examine the House’s Standing Orders in light of changing technology.

It is clear that the increased uptake of social media, alongside the growing prevalence of smartphones and computer tablets, has changed the ways in which MPs interact with constituents. In 2011, a Parliamentary research paper on social media (Research Paper) observed that 88% of list MPs, and 72% of electorate MPs, have Facebook. No doubt some argue this is a positive change in the way representatives communicate with their constituents: the research paper observed that online social media could facilitate better engagement and communication between MPs and the general public.

But while increased use of social media by MPs may enable greater dialogue between politicians and those they represent, it also blurs the distinction between discussions held within Parliament and those held outside of Parliament. Any MP may access a social media site like Facebook and Twitter while sitting in the Chamber, and instantly comment on the discussion taking place.

It is established law (and the Parliamentary Privilege Act 2014 reiterates this) that all speech and actions taking place in parliamentary proceedings are absolutely privileged, and therefore insulated from all legal liability as regards veracity, defamatory content, or any other issue of legality. This privilege does not apply to words spoken outside of Parliament (for example, a MP who repeats allegations made in the House on the evening news).

The House also has the ability to punish MPs for contempt (under its Standing Orders). Contempt may take various forms, such as intentionally misleading the House or one of its committees, or reflecting on the character or conduct of the House or of any of its members (in their capacity as a MP).

Now the Privileges Committee must consider whether any restrictions or guidelines should apply to the use of hand-held devices in the House and committees, including to access social media sites to comment on the proceedings.

In particular, the Committee intends to consider the appropriateness of the following two rules:

  • that reflections on members (including the Speaker or other presiding officers) could amount to a contempt; and
  • that accusations against the Speaker that reflect on him or her in that capacity could amount to a contempt

The Committee will consider whether these rules should also apply to reflections or accusations made outside the House or on social media – and, indeed, whether a statement “on social media” is a statement outside Parliament, and therefore outside the protection of absolute privilege.

Submissions are due by 10 April.

In the news

FMA Guidance Note on Disclose register information

After public consultation which began at the end of 2014, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has published a guidance note on how issuers should approach the content and form of their Disclose register entry. The note is designed for issuers and advisers who are required to produce a register entry for an offer of financial products under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act). The register provides guidance on matters the FMA recommends those parties consider when producing their register entry.

Disclose register entries are a key feature of the new regime. There are three types of information on Disclose:

  • specific information that must be entered in a relevant field on the register entry (for example, the name of the issuer, term of the offer);
  • other information specified by the Regulations to be uploaded on to the register entry (for example, constitutional documents or financial statements); and
  • all other material information that is not contained in the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

There are three recommendations that the FMA encourages issuers to consider when determining how to present their ‘other material information’ on the Disclose register:

  • Consider the main purpose and users of the Disclose register. The objective of the Disclose register stems from the central purpose of the FMC Act, which is to provide effective disclosure for investors. The Disclose register is intended to provide online access to all other material information about an offer that is not included in the PDS. Issuers should bear this purpose in mind;
  • All information should be material to the offer. The new regime does not require a PDS to contain all material information relevant to an offer. That task is now left to the PDS and the Disclose register together. The FMC Act states that any information is deemed ‘material information’ if it is information that a reasonable person would expect to, or be likely to, influence someone who commonly invests in financial products when deciding whether to acquire the financial products on offer; and
  • Information should be organised in a way that is clear and not misleading. Information could be false or misleading because of the form or context in which the statement or information is published, or by omission of any other information. 

The full guidance note can be accessed here.

FMA progresses additional conditions for certain AFAs

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has closed its second consultation on proposed additional standard conditions for Authorised Financial Advisors (AFAs) providing personalised Discretionary Investment Management Services (DIMS).

DIMS allow AFAs to make buy and sell decisions regarding an investment portfolio, generally without consulting the client. As it requires a high level of trust between client and advisor, stricter requirements have been proposed, in line with the similar policy contained in the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013.

The FMA’s most recent consultation followed an initial consultation in November 2014. The FMA’s paper on that initial consultation contained a set of draft eligibility criteria for AFAs to provide personalised DIMS, as well as additional standard conditions for such services.

In response to the feedback on the additional standard conditions contained in that initial consultation paper, the FMA has replaced those conditions with two new ones. These new conditions are to be inserted into the standard conditions, but will only apply to AFAs who are providing personalised DIMS.

The first of the new conditions is that any outsourced systems or processes must, to the AFA’s satisfaction, be capable of performing the service to the standard required to enable the AFA to meet the AFA’s authorisation obligations. In essence, it is a rewrite of the initially proposed additional condition.

The second proposed additional condition requires that net tangible assets (NTAs) be calculated at least monthly. If calculations show that the AFA did not have positive NTAs at any time, the AFA must notify and explain the circumstances to the FMA, unless such a process has already occurred or the FMA has advised that it is unnecessary. The major change here is that an audit is no longer required should the NTAs become negative, but rather it must be facilitated if requested by the FMA.

The proposed additional standard conditions will be incorporated into the standard conditions on 1 June.

Reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993

The Māori Development Minister has announced the appointment of a Ministerial Advisory Group to progress the introduction of new Māori land legislation later this year. The Bill will replace Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, which governs the use of Māori land in New Zealand.  

More than 1.4 million hectares (around five percent of New Zealand’s land mass) is Māori-owned land. Around 80 percent of that land is considered under-utilised, and the current legislation is regarded as a major barrier to its optimum use. The reform of the Act is seen as a key means of increasing productivity in the Māori economy.

The Ministerial Advisory Group announced by the Minister is composed of seven members: Kingi Smiler (Chair), Matanuku Mahuika, Traci Houpapa, Spencer Webster, Linda Te Aho, Sacha McMeeking and Dr Tanira Kingi. 

Concerns have already been raised about the composition of the Advisory Group: for example, the Iwi Chairs’ Forum has questioned whether the Advisory Group has too many members with affiliations to the Federation of Māori Authorities. These concerns are based in what the Iwi Chairs’ Forum sees as the Federation’s focus on big businesses, not small land owners, and a risk that this focus will be translated to the new legislation. It remains to be seen whether this will be the case.  

Information on the Advisory Group’s terms of reference and profiles of its members can be found here.

Progress of legislation

New Bills

Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill
This Bill intends to amend section 162 of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (EEZ Act), which currently prohibits existing petroleum operators from continuing their activities while a marine consent application is being considered by the Environmental Protection Authority. Existing operators must obtain a marine consent to continue operating once their mining permits or privileges expire. The purpose of the Bill is to amend section 162 to allow existing operators (who have applied for a marine consent) to continue their operations until their application is decided. The Bill will not affect the requirement for existing operators to transition into the EEZ Act regime through the marine consenting process.

Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015–16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill
This omnibus Bill seeks to amend various Acts in relation to taxation, including: the Income Tax Act 2007, the Tax Administration Act 1994, the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985, the Child Support Act 1991 and the Child Support Amendment Act 2013. The purpose of the Bill is to improve the current tax settings within a broad-base, low rate framework.

Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill
This Bill seeks to amend the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006. The Bill would widen the definition of “qualifying claimant” in section 125B of the principal Act to include claimants that are actively progressing claims. The extension is intended to ensure these persons have access to the financial assistance package established under Part 1A of the principal Act. The Bill also intends to respond to the Supreme Court decision of Osborne v Auckland Council [2014] 1 NZLR 766 by deeming certain claims “eligible” that would currently be determined as ineligible on the basis of the meaning set out in sections 14 to 18 of the principal Act. Further, the Bill would also move criteria provided in clauses 1B and 1C of a notice published in the Gazette on 28 July 2011 entitled “Contribution Criteria: Financial Assistance Package” into the principal Act, to ensure consistency between that criteria and the principal Act.  

Bills awaiting first reading

Drug and Alcohol Testing of Community-based Offenders and Bailees Legislation Bill
Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill
Education (Food in Schools) Amendment Bill
Electoral (Adjustment of Thresholds) Amendment Bill
Electronic Data Safety Bill
Gambling Amendment Bill (No 2)
Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill
Land Transport (Safer Alcohol Limits for Driving) Amendment Bill
Legislation Amendment Bill
Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 3)
Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill
Overseas Investment (Owning our Own Rural Land) Amendment Bill
Radiation Safety Bill
SuperGold Health Check Bill
Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015–16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill
Underground Coal Mining Safety Bill
Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill

Bills before Select Committee

Submissions open


Select Committee

submissions Due (2015)

Coroners Amendment Bill

Justice and Electoral

26 March

Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill

Local Government and Environment

25 June

Submissions closed


Select Committee

Report Due (2015)

Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Bill

Local Government and Environment

30 March

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

Local Government and Environment

30 March

Christchurch City Council (Rates Validation) Bill

Local Government and Environment

30 March

Environmental Reporting Bill

Local Government and Environment

30 March

Hawke's Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill

Māori Affairs

4 May

Health (Protection) Amendment Bill


6 May

Health and Safety Reform Bill

Transport and Industrial Relations

30 March

Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill

Local Government and Environment

30 March (interim report here)

Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill

Māori Affairs

30 March

Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill

Law and Order

4 May

Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill

Law and Order

4 May

Regulatory Standards Bill


30 March

Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau) Bill

Social Services

4 May

Standards and Accreditation Bill


31 March

Taxation (KiwiSaver HomeStart and Remedial Matters) Bill

Finance and Expenditure

28 April

Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill

Maori Affairs

4 May

Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Bill

Maori Affairs

4 May

Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill

Māori Affairs

30 March

Bills awaiting second reading

Bills that have recently been reported back to the House from a Select Committee are in bold and the Select Committee reports on these Bills are linked.
Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill
Defence Amendment Bill
Harmful Digital Communications Bill
Housing Corporation Amendment Bill
Human Rights Amendment Bill
Land Transport (Admissibility of Evidential Breath Tests) Amendment Bill
New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Amendment Bill
Public Health Bill
Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill
Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill
Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Bill
Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill
Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill
Spending Cap (People's Veto) Bill
Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4)
Taxation (Income-sharing Tax Credit) Bill

Bills awaiting third reading

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill
Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
Construction Contracts Amendment Bill
Education Amendment Bill (No 2)
Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2)
Insolvency Practitioners Bill
Judicature Modernisation Bill
Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill (formerly the Natural Health Products Bill)
Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill
Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months Paid Leave) Amendment Bill
Social Security Amendment Bill (No 3)

Acts awaiting assent

Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
Parole Amendment Bill

Acts assented

Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Act 2015
This Act amends the Energy (Fuels, Levies and, References) Act 1989 to provide a levy on fuel to meet the costs encountered under New Zealand's oil stockholding treaty obligation under the Agreement on an International Energy Program. The Act allows the existing petroleum or engine fuel monitoring levy (PEFML) to be extended so that PEFML revenue can be used to meet costs associated with the Crown’s compliance with the Agreement. The Act also removes the maximum levy rate set under the principal Act and replaces it with a regime that provides the levy rate and fuels to which the PEFML applies to be set in regulations made by Order in Council. The majority of the Act came into force on the 24 February 2015.

Legislative instruments

Accident Compensation (Earners' Levy) Regulations 2015
Accident Compensation (Experience Rating) Regulations 2015
Accident Compensation (Work Account Levies) Regulations 2015
Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Minimum Rates of Payment for Board and Lodgings) Order 2015
Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Act 2014 Commencement Order 2015
Education (2015 School Staffing) Amendment Order 2015
Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 2015
Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity – Pinnacle Incorporated) Notice 2015
Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2015
Minimum Wage Order 2015
Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators (Forms) Amendment Regulations 2015
Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators (Specified Date) Order 2015
Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2015
Social Security (Income and Cash Assets Exemptions) Amendment Regulations 2015
Social Security (Long-term Residential Care) Amendment Regulations 2015
Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2015
Social Security (Temporary Additional Support) Amendment Regulations 2015
Student Allowances Amendment Regulations 2015

In the week ahead

What’s coming up in the House

The House is currently in a week-long recess, and will sit again on 10 March. 

When the House resumes the Government will look to progress a number of bills on the Order Paper including the Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4), the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill and the Radiation Safety Bill.

In committee

Recent Committee meetings

Select Committees met over the last two weeks. They will not meet again until 9 March, ahead of the House returning from recess. 

The Finance and Expenditure Committee considered the Budget Policy Statement for 2015, and the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the year ended June 2014. It also considered two Reports of the Controller and Auditor-General: on the Response of the New Zealand Police to the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct: Fourth monitoring report, and on the Ministry for Primary Industries: Managing the Primary Growth Partnership.

The Commerce Committee was briefed on Information Technology Price Discrimination, and continued to consider the Standards Accreditation Bill.

The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee heard evidence on the international treaty examination of the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement, and was briefed on disarmament and the United Nations Security Council. 

The Local Government and Environment Committee considered the Report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Changing Climate and Rising Seas: Understanding the Science, and the Report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Drilling for Oil and Gas in New Zealand: Environmental Oversight and Regulation. It continued to consider the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment.

The Primary Productions Committee examined the Agreement on Strengthening Implementation of the Niue Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the South Pacific Region.

The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee continued to consider the Health and Safety Reform Bill.

The Māori Affairs Committee met to consider several settlement Bills, as well as the Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill.

Speeches of note

New Zealand statement to UN Security Council Open Debate

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs delivered a statement at the UN Security Council Open Debate on the maintenance of international peace and security, held in New York on 23 February.

In summary, the Minister emphasised that the Security Council must undertake serious self-examination in respect of its role in responding to threats to international peace and security. As this year was the 70th anniversary of the Security Council, now was the appropriate time to assess where the Security Council was performing well, and where it was not, and whether changes needed to be initiated.

The Minister opened by acknowledging the support given by UN Members to New Zealand in its recent successful bid for a seat on the Security Council.

The Minister went on to state that the Security Council is charged with responding to threats to international peace and security. However, in relation to many of those threats, the Security Council had often been too late to respond. A reason for this was that the Security Council had too little focus on conflict prevention, and too large a focus on peacekeeping. Peacekeepers in turn were hampered by poor mandates and inadequate resourcing.

The Minister outlined three issues:

  • Overuse of veto powers: the use of the veto was the largest cause of the Security Council being rendered ineffective in the face of serious international conflict, and a huge detriment to its credibility;
  • Lack of preventative action: the Security Council rarely undertook preventative action, partly caused by limitations on use of preventative powers under Chapter 6 of the UN Charter; and
  • Weaknesses in peacekeeping: there was a lack of recognition and an unwillingness to address major weaknesses in peacekeeping. As a response, the Security Council should take into account the review of peace operations, led by former President Ramos Horta.

The Minister ended his statement by challenging the Security Council to commit to making positive progress and committing to change by confronting the root causes of its ineffectiveness, and addressing the issues that have seen the Security Council avoid the task of conflict prevention.

Bill English – annual IPANZ address

In his seventh annual address to the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ), Finance Minister Bill English congratulated the public service sector for achieving the targets the Government had set for it. In particular, the Minister noted the achievement of better results for the public and higher levels of trust in public services – being 16 percentage points higher than it was in 2007.

The Minister referred to the six-monthly update of the Government's 10 Better Public Services goals, and the results of this revealed:

  • a 38 percent reduction in youth crime;
  • a 40 percent reduction in the number of solo teenage parents on a benefit since 2011; and
  • immunisation rates for Māori now being as high as the rest of the population

This had demonstrated that the Government had worked towards reducing costs in the public sector, as well as getting better results for public service “customers” by continuously improving these services.

The Minister then outlined what the Government sees as the biggest public sector challenge for the next few years: adapting existing departmental systems to future needs. For instance, getting better results would require systematic measurement, information sharing, contracting and evaluation of interventions.  Incorporating these innovations into measurement, evaluation and feedback vis-à-vis the Budget process would also be vitally important.

Cabinet has directed the Treasury and social sector agencies to develop a new Budget process, called ‘social investment’. The Minister anticipated this would mark a shift in public services by putting the consumer at the centre of decision-making. The Minister, however, acknowledged that this social investment process would not be suitable for allpublic spending, and would (to an extent) be disruptive to the way the Government conducts itself. That said, the Minister was confident the new policy had been reconciled with the Government’s broader approach and was therefore here to stay. 

Ultimately, the new policy embedded the following major changes:

  • Ministers would have more information at hand about the population than is available through the traditional budget process;
  • There would be a renewed focus on testing for spending effectiveness;
  • This would be complemented by a systematic reprioritisation of funding to providers, aimed at getting results; and
  • There would be a testing of departmental bids against external providers, to ascertain who might find it easier to offer services for families and communities

The Minister was optimistic about the proposed changes, emphasising that the Government was in good shape to take the next steps and was clear about what it wanted to achieve.   

In trade

Tariff concessions

The following applications for tariff concessions have been made in the past two weeks:


Proposed tariff concession

Tariff item

Closing date for objections (2014)

Charles Parsons (NZ) Limited

Knitted fabrics:
Ref: T15234001 “TK1240”; 100% polyester – 10,000m²
Ref: T15220100 “TK1200”; 100% polyester – 10,000m²


17 March

Eco Tech Solutions Limited

Modular, continuous finishing line for production and packaging of printed toilet soap tablets or printed laundry soap tablets, comprising – mixer, refiner, belt conveyor, three roll mill, plodder, cutter, cooling system, rework conveyor system, infeed system, motion cartoner, on production of purchase order by Ecostore Company Limited, for the period 01/15 to 12/15


17 March

Gilt Edge Industries Limited

Non-skid rug underlay, made of polyester fibres, coated with a water-based pressure sensitive dry adhesive


17 March

In consultation




By when (2014)

Commerce Commission

Revised draft amendment determinations and templates in relation to information disclosure for electricity distribution and gas pipeline businesses

 6 March

Inland Revenue Department

Draft public ruling considering the deductibility of interest in certain situations where a partnership or taxpayer borrows funds that are then used to replace and repay existing funding.

20 March

 Income Tax Insurance Term (employee): income tax treatment of a term life insurance policy taken out by an employee for their own benefit where the premiums are paid by the employer

27 March

Income Tax Insurance Term (employer): income tax treatment of a term life insurance policy taken out by an employer for the benefit of the employee (or the employees partner or child)

27 March

Draft Interpretation Statement updating IS 10/08 “Retirement villages – GST treatment” to reflect legislative changes made to the Goods and Service Tax Act 1985

7 April

Law Commission

Review of extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters

2 March

Ministry for the Environment

Review of 2014 guidance document “Managing environmental effects of onshore petroleum development activities: Guidelines for local government”

16 March

Productivity Commission

Proposal to re-enact the Interpretation Act 1999, with updating modifications, in the Legislation Act 2012

16 April

Reserve Bank

Proposal to remove requirement for solo annual financial statements

23 March

Standards New Zealand - Joint Standards

Amendment 1 to AS/NZS 3012:2010 Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites

24 April




By when (2014)

Commerce Commission

Transpower TPM operational review initial consultation paper


Department of Conservation

Ruahine land revocation proposal

3 March

Intention to grant a lease concession to Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust

18 March

Proposal to dispose of conservation land at Waimunga

30 March

Review of wildlife, research and collection authorisations undertaken on public conservation land


Electricity Authority

Review of participant audit regime

3 March

Environmental Protection Authority

Application to release privet lace bug as a biological control agent for the weed privet

4 March

Financial Markets Authority

Business Growth Agenda


Inland Revenue Department

Income tax – depreciation rate for gas detectors

13 March

Draft provisional depreciation determination: Hydroelectric powerhouses

20 March

Draft operational statement: GST and the costs of sale associated with mortgagee sales

27 March

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Submissions on property regulations and local rules that are irrelevant or unnecessary


Ministry for Primary Industries

Proposals for regulations under the Food Act 2014

31 March

Māori Commercial Aquaculture Settlement; methodology report; peer review report


NZ Transport Agency / Auckland Transport

Improving transport connections in the Onehunga – Penrose area and reliability of bus services between Mangere, Otahuhu and Sylvia Park



Proposal to list various respiratory aerosol inhalers supplied by Rex Medical Ltd

2 March

Productivity Commission

Inquiry into the way local authorities regulate to make land available for housing


Regulations Review Committee (Parliament)

Inquiry into Parliament's legislative response to future national emergencies

1 March

Standards New Zealand - Joint Standards

Methods for sampling and analysis of ambient air:
Method 9.6: Determination of suspended particulate matter – PM10 high volume sampler with size selective inlet - Gravimetric method (Revision of AS/NZS 3580.9.6:2003); and
Method 12.1: Determination of light scattering – Integrating nephelometer method (Revision of AS/NZS 3580.12.1:2001

23 March

Amendment 2 to AS/NZS 3111:2009 Approval and test specification – Miniature overcurrent circuit-breakers

27 March

Methods for sampling and analysis of ambient air Method 9.3: Determination of suspended particulate matter – Total suspended particulate matter (TSP) – High volume sampler gravimetric method (Revision of AS/NZS 3580.9.3:2003)

27 March

Plastic monobloc chairs – Determination of strength and durability, stability, UV and weathering, and ignitability (Revision of AS/NZS 3813:1998)

27 March

Analogue speech (angle modulated) equipment operating in land mobile and fixed services bands in the frequency range 29.7 MHz to 1 GHz (Revision of AS/NZS 4295:2004)

27 March


Coaxial cable and optical fibre systems for the RF distribution of digital television, radio and in-house analog television signals in single and multiple dwelling installations (Revision of AS/NZS 1367:2007)

3 April

Freight containers:
Part 2: Terminology (ISO 830:1999, MOD) (Revision of AS/NZS 3711.2:1993);
Part 3: Corner fittings (ISO 1161:1984, MOD) (Revision of AS/NZS 3711.3:1993)

13 April

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