Part 1 General provisions

3 Purposes

The purposes of this Act are—

(a)

to bring together in this Act the main provisions of New Zealand legislation that relate to the drafting, publication, and reprinting of legislation, and the disallowing and confirming of instruments:

(b)

to provide for electronic and printed copies of Acts and legislative instruments to be published:

(c)

to provide for official versions of Acts and legislative instruments to be published in electronic form:

(d)

to facilitate the production of up-to-date reprints that are modernised and made consistent with current drafting practice concerning their mode of expression, style, and format:

(e)

to make New Zealand statute law more accessible, readable, and easier to understand by facilitating the progressive and systematic revision of the New Zealand statute book so that—

(i)

statute law is rationalised and arranged more logically:

(ii)

inconsistencies and overlaps are removed:

(iii)

obsolete and redundant provisions are repealed:

(iv)

expression, style, and format are modernised and made consistent:

(f)

to enable certain kinds of subordinate legislation to incorporate material by reference in reliance on this Act, subject to compliance with consultation and other requirements:

(g)

to replace the Statutes Drafting and Compilation Act 1920 with modern legislation that continues the Parliamentary Counsel Office as a separate statutory office and facilitates the drafting and publishing of high-quality legislation.

Section 3(a): amended, on 1 January 2016, by section 4 of the Legislation (Confirmable Instruments) Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 120).