Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Inclusion of Property Rights in Bill of Rights Act

Inclusion of Property Rights in Bill of Rights Act Supported

The Business Roundtable told the Justice and Electoral Select Committee today that it supported MP Gordon Copeland’s bill incorporating private property rights in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (copy of submission attached).

Executive director Roger Kerr said that secure property rights were vital for investment and economic growth, personal freedoms and environmental protection, among other things.

“Too often New Zealand governments have trampled over legitimately held property rights without compensation. Recent examples include the Bradford electricity reforms, Timberlands, the foreshore and seabed legislation and telecommunications unbundling”, he said.

“Constitutional-type protections of property rights in other jurisdictions are commonplace, and are part of the Legislation Advisory Committee’s guidelines. Incorporating them in statute would not be breaking new legal ground.”

Mr Kerr said that the present wording of the bill could be improved to require due process to be followed in any taking of property, to limit takings to an essential public purpose, and to make it clear that compensation should apply to any private interests in property rights, including customary rights.

The alternative wording it had suggested to the Committee was:

“The Crown shall not deprive anyone of their legal rights in property, except for an essential public purpose and only through due process of law and in accordance with the principle of just compensation.”

12 October 2006

ENDS

See... NZBR Submission on NZ Bill of Rights Act

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Voluntary Administration: Renaissance Brewing Up For Sale

Renaissance Brewing, the first local company to raise capital through equity crowdfunding, is up for sale after cash flow woes and product management issues led to the appointment of voluntary administrators. More>>

Elsewhere:

Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>

ALSO:

Media Mega Merger: Full Steam Ahead For Appeal

New Zealand's two largest news publishers have confirmed they are committed to pursuing their appeal against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

ALSO:

Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>