New Zealand Flag Referendums Act 2015

  • repealed
  • New Zealand Flag Referendums Act 2015: repealed, on the close of 30 March 2018, by section 4(1).
5 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

agency means any department or instrument of the Executive Government of New Zealand, or any branch or division of any of those departments or instruments

alternative flag design means an alternative flag design prescribed under section 13(1)

Clerk of the House means the Clerk of the House of Representatives

current New Zealand Flag means the flag declared by section 5(1) of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981 to be the New Zealand Flag

district means a General electoral district or a Maori electoral district constituted under the Electoral Act 1993

elector means a person whose name lawfully appears on the referendum roll or any supplementary referendum roll

Electoral Commission means the Electoral Commission established by section 4B of the Electoral Act 1993

first flag referendum means the referendum held under section 10(1)

First Past the Post means the electoral system described generally in section 7

Internet site means the page on the Electoral Commission Internet site maintained by the Returning Officer for the purpose of receiving voting papers returned in electronic form

Minister means the Minister of the Crown who is, with the authority of the Prime Minister, for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act

official description, in relation to a flag or flag design, means the description of that flag or flag design prescribed under section 13(2)(a) or 14(3)

option means,—

(a)

in relation to the first flag referendum, any of the 5 alternative flag designs for which a vote may be cast:

(b)

in relation to the second flag referendum, either of the 2 options (the current New Zealand Flag and the alternative flag design referred to in section 14(1)(a)) for which a vote may be cast

panel means any panel appointed by the Minister to conduct, on behalf of the New Zealand Government, a publicity campaign or other activity in relation to a referendum or referendums

Preferential Voting means the electoral system described generally in section 6

promoter has the meaning given in section 62

random order, in relation to the arrangement of options on a voting paper, means an arrangement where the order of the options is determined by the Electoral Commission randomly by lot and all voting papers use that order

referendum means the first flag referendum or the second flag referendum

referendum advertisement has the meaning given in section 63

referendum material means material that is prepared by a panel and presented to electors for the purpose of informing them about each of the options

referendum roll has the meaning given in section 3(1) of the 2000 Act

referendums means the first flag referendum and the second flag referendum

returned, in relation to a voting paper, means—

(a)

returned to the office of the Returning Officer; or

(b)

uploaded to the Internet site

Returning Officer

(a)

means the Returning Officer referred to in section 15(1); and

(b)

includes any person acting under a delegation under section 17(1)

Returning Officer’s copy of the roll has the meaning given in section 3(1) of the 2000 Act

second flag referendum means the referendum held under section 10(2)

supplementary referendum roll has the meaning given in section 3(1) of the 2000 Act and includes a partial supplementary referendum roll compiled under section 18(3)(a)

voting paper means,—

(a)

in relation to the first flag referendum, a voting paper in the form prescribed in Schedule 1; and

(b)

in relation to the second flag referendum, a voting paper in the form prescribed in Schedule 2

voting period, in relation to a referendum, means the period specified in section 12(1)

working day means a day of the week other than—

(a)

a Saturday, a Sunday, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign’s birthday, and Labour Day; and

(b)

a day in the period commencing with 25 December in a year and ending with 2 January in the following year; and

(c)

if 1 January falls on a Friday, the following Monday; and

(d)

if 1 January falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday; and

(e)

if Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday.

Compare: 2000 No 48 s 3; 1997 No 13 s 3

Section 5 option paragraph (a): amended, on 25 September 2015, by section 4 of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 86).