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New Zealand: New “Freedom Camping” Laws Aim to Protect Pristine Areas

(May 20, 2011) On May 15, 2011, the New Zealand Minister for the Environment, Hon. Nick Smith, announced that a new law regulating “freedom camping” would be introduced in Parliament this month to address problems related to irresponsible campers. (Press Release, Hon. Nick Smith, New Freedom Camping Laws Announced (May 15, 2011).) Freedom camping – […]

New Zealand: Law Targeting Illegal Online File-Sharing Passed

(Apr. 18, 2011) On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see also Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, New Zealand Legislation website (last visited Apr. 14, 2011).) The […]

Australia; New Zealand: Historic Investment Protocol Signed

(Feb. 22, 2011) On February 16, 2011, the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand signed an Investment Protocol to the Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement. (Press Release, Hon. Julia Gillard, Australia and New Zealand Sign Historic Investment Protocol (Feb. 16, 2011), http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/australia-and-new-zealand-sign-historic-investment-protocol; Press Release, Hon. Bill English, Govt Welcomes Investment Agreement (Feb. 16, 2011), […]

New Zealand: Inquiry into Mine Tragedy Begins

(Dec. 22, 2010) On December 13, 2010, the New Zealand government released the final terms of reference and announced the appointment of two additional members for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River coalmine disaster in which 29 people died. (Press Release, Hon. Christopher Finlayson, Appointments to Pike River Royal Commission (Dec. 13, […]

New Zealand: Significant Changes to Criminal Procedure Introduced

(Nov. 17, 2010) On November 15, 2010, the New Zealand Minister of Justice, Hon. Simon Power, introduced the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill in the Parliament. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Biggest Changes to Criminal Justice System in Decades (Nov. 15, 2010), http://beehive.govt.nz/release/biggest+changes+criminal+justice+system+decades.) The bill contains a number of significant changes aimed at simplifying […]

New Zealand: Legislation to Streamline Earthquake Recovery Efforts Passed

(Sept. 20, 2010) The Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010 was introduced and passed by the New Zealand Parliament on September 14, 2010, ten days after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure in the region. (New Zealand Parliamentary Library, Bills Digest No. 1805, Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill […]

Australia; New Zealand; World Trade Organization: Restrictions on Importation of New Zealand Apples Found Inconsistent with Trade Agreement

(Aug. 20, 2010) On August 9, 2010, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel issued its final report on a trade dispute involving a complaint by New Zealand that measures imposed by Australia on the importation of apples from New Zealand breached the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement). […]

New Zealand: Major Changes to Tax System Announced

(May 25, 2010) On May 20, 2010, the New Zealand Government announced a number of changes to the tax system as part of Budget 2010, saying that the changes represent the “most significant tax reform package in New Zealand for nearly 25 years.” (Press Release, Hon. Bill English & Hon. Peter Dunne, Tax Cuts Strengthen […]

New Zealand: Government Releases Electoral Finance Reform Proposals

(Feb. 18, 2010) On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package Announced (Feb. 16, 2010), available at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/electoral+finance+reform+package+announced.) The rules have been the subject of considerable controversy […]

New Zealand: “Three-Strikes” Law To Be Introduced

(Jan. 22, 2010) On January 19, 2010, New Zealand's National Party government announced that it had reached an agreement with one of its coalition partners on a policy that will make repeat violent offenders ineligible for parole if they are convicted of their third serious offense. (Press Release, Judith Collins, National and ACT Agree to […]