The House held its last full sitting day on 31 July 2014 and the
50th Parliament dissolved on the 14 August 2014. The House will not
resume until after the election on 20 September 2014. All Bills
that were before the House on 14 August lapse, but can be
reinstated by the new House post-election. If a change of
government were to occur, the new government would likely examine
the list of Bills to see which ones it wishes to continue.
Otherwise, all the existing Bills are likely to be continued.
The Bills before the House on 14 August and which lapsed
The Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill
Employment Relations Amendment Bill
The Commerce (Cartel and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
Gambling Amendment Bills No.2 and No.3
The Harmful Digital Communications Bill
The Regulatory Standards Bill
Bills still before Select Committees included the Regulatory
Standards Bill, the Crimes (Match-Fixing) Amendment Bill, the
Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Bill, the
Environmental Reporting Bill, the Health & Safety Reform Bill,
the Art Centre of Christchurch Trust Bill, and the Christchurch
City Council (Rates Validation) Bill. Submissions on some of these
Bills closed only in August. These Bills also lapse.
A considerable amount of the current government's reform
programme was therefore still in train on the closing of
In a recent speech, the Minister for the Environment outlined
proposed changes to environmental laws, including further reform of
the Resource Management Act, new Marine Reserve legislation, review
of the status of stewardship land, and proposals to deal with
specific conservation issues in relation to rivers and North Island
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