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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), 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 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 […]

New Zealand: Amendments to Emissions Trading Scheme Passed

(Dec. 1, 2009) On November 25, 2009, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill. This legislation amends the scheme that was enacted by the previous government in September 2008, which was due to come into effect on January 1, 2010. (See Lisa White, New Zealand: Greenhouse Gas Emissions […]

New Zealand: Police Given Greater Powers to Obtain DNA Samples

(Nov. 6, 2009) On October 28, 2009, the New Zealand Parliament passed legislation that will allow police to collect DNA from people arrested for certain offenses, without the need to obtain consent or apply for judicial approval. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Parliament Passes DNA Law (Oct. 28, 2009), available at The Criminal Investigations […]

Malaysia; New Zealand: Free Trade Deal Signed

(Nov. 6, 2009) The Trade Ministers of New Zealand and Malaysia signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Kuala Lumpur on October 26, 2009, following ten rounds of negotiations held over a four-year period. The FTA builds on commitments made by the two countries under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) that was signed […]