Bill proposes amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2002,
which sets out default process payment arrangements and a dispute
resolution process. Amendments include changes to the enforcement
process, hindering the scope of contracts covered by the Act and
treating residential and commercial contracts more similarly. The
Bill has been in Parliament for some time, but is now nearing
Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Bill
This Bill proposes changes to the Weathertight Homes Resolution
Services Act. It was introduced in February 2015, and submissions
are due on 16 April. The Bill proposes reasonably technical
amendments that will nevertheless be significant for some claimants
to the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service.
New Zealand Flag Referendum Bill
This Bill sets out the proposed process for two referenda on a
possible new New Zealand Flag. Submissions on the Bill are due 23
Human Rights Amendment Bill
Bill seeks to establish a full-time Disability Rights
Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission and make other changes
to the role and structure of the Commission. The Bill was
introduced in 2011, and reviewed by Select Committee in 2014. The
Government now looks to be progressing the Bill with the second
reading debate having started earlier this month.
Radiation Safety Bill
This Bill proposes long-awaited changes to the legal framework
for handling radiation services (the existing Act has been in place
since 1965). The Bill was introduced at the end of last year, with
submissions now due by 22 April.
New Zealand Business Number Bill
The Bill will allow companies, government agencies, incorporated
societies, partnerships, trustees of trusts, sole traders and other
entities to apply for business numbers, aimed at making interaction
with government easier. The Bill sets out rules for collection,
access and sharing of information as part of the business number
register. The Bill was introduced on 31 March, but no date for
submissions has yet been set.
Other Bills that are due for reporting-back from Select
Committee in the near future include:
Health and Safety Reform Bill
Hawkes Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill
Christchurch City Rates Valuation Bill
Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill
Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental
Effect) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill
Gambling Amendment Bill
DISCUSSION PAPERS AND OTHER CONSULTATION
Rules Reduction Taskforce
Submissions to the newly formed Rules Reduction Taskforce have
been called for by on Monday 1 June 2015. The Rules Reduction
Taskforce is reviewing housing and property rules. The Government
is seeking input on rules and regulations, both at national and
local level, that property owners, builders, tradespeople,
businesses and the public believe are irrelevant or unnecessary red
tape. The Taskforce is chaired by National MP Jacqui Dean.
A review of future possible governance arrangements for
Environment Canterbury is underway. The review is considering the
structure that should apply from 2016, when the present
Commissioner arrangements expires. Submissions are due on the
discussion document by 1 May 2015.
Insurance dispute resolution schemes
The Ministry of Economic Development is consulting on a proposal
to increase the maximum amount of compensation awarded by insurance
dispute resolution schemes from $200,000 to $350,000. The change
will, in effect, encourage more disputes to be taken to the
schemes. Submissions are due by 13 April 2015.
Customs and Excise Act changes
Proposals to amend the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to adapt to
recent changes in technology and business practice are under
consultation. The proposed changes include broader information
sharing between government agencies. Submissions are due 1 May
Gambling Fee changes
The Department of Internal Affairs is consulting on proposed
changes to fees for the licensing of gambling. The proposed changes
mainly affect Class 4 gambling (electronic gaming archives in pubs
and clubs). Submissions are due 13 April 2015.
Wholesale Investor Exclusion
The Financial Markets Authority is seeking submissions on the
exclusion for wholesale investors (minimum investment of at least
$750,000). The Authority is considering whether a class exemption
is warranted and also whether some of the requirements of the
current exclusion are too restrictive and unnecessary. Submissions
are due 22 April 2015.
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