Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Historical Acts Available Online

Historical Acts Available Online

Historical Acts as passed by Parliament and the earlier Legislative Council, are now available online going right back to 1841.

The Office of the Clerk said the ``New Zealand Acts 1841–2007 As-Enacted Collection’’ had been put together by the Parliamentary Counsel Office by scanning original printed volumes to produce facsimiles in PDF format. The files have also been through an OCR (optical character recognition) process, which makes the text searchable.

All Acts from between 1841 and 2007 are included in the collection, whether or not they have been repealed.

They are in their original form, so do not include any later amendments.

For those interested the legislation shows an insight into New Zealand’s history and changing political and social landscape.

One of the earliest laws in 1841 is the Distillation Act which banned liquor being distilled by anyone except authorised persons for medicinal purposes, while a 100 year old law -- The Opium Amendment Act 1910 – lays out who may sell and possess opium and in what amounts.

Some old Acts show that issues which continue to take up Parliament’s time were problems long ago, with the Dog Nuisance Act 1849 requiring owners to register dogs and laying out heavy fines for owners of nuisance and unregistered dogs.

**** is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports on Parliamentary Business.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sam Uffindell’s Sorry Excuse For An Apology

Most of us believe in redemption and atonement… But the timing, the nature and the semantics of Sam Uffindell‘s apology for his role in a gang that beat a younger kid (reportedly) with wooden bed legs, has left much to be desired. The victim seems pretty clear about the motivation behind Uffindell’s apology, which came out of the blue 22 years after the event...


National: Sam Uffindell Stood Down Pending Investigation
Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the National Party caucus pending an investigation into further allegations about his past behaviour, says National Party Leader Christopher Luxon... More>>

Auditor-General: Submission On The Water Services Entities Bill
We have published our submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Water Services Entities Bill. Because water services are critical to everyone, our focus is on how the public and Parliament are able to influence the performance... More>>

Luxon: Speech To The 2022 National Party Annual Conference

Kia ora! What a brilliant conference! The energy wave from this weekend will carry us right through to election year and I say: bring it on... More>>

Green Party: Abuse Revelations Leave No Choice But To Overhaul RSE Scheme
The Green Party is calling on the Government to overhaul the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the wake of revelations of shocking human rights violations... More>>

Government: More Women On Public Boards Than Ever Before

“Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level... More>>

Te Pāti Māori: Debbie Ngarewa-Packer Calls On PM To Support Bill To Ban Seabed Mining

Te Pāti Māori Co-leader, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru uri Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is today celebrating that her Prohibition on Seabed Mining Legislation Amendment Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s biscuit tin... More>>




InfoPages News Channels