Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

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Reprint as at 1 August 2007

Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

Public Act1989 No 142
Date of assent19 December 1989
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Parliamentary Counsel Office.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind the Crown


4 Publication of copies of Acts of Parliament, reprints of Acts of Parliament, regulations and reprints of regulations, and reprints of Imperial Acts

5 Obligation to forward regulations to Chief Parliamentary Counsel

6 Publication of regulations made before commencement of Act

7 Form of copies and reprints

8 Special requirements in relation to copies of regulations

9 Power to designate places where copies of Acts of Parliament and regulations may be purchased

10 Sale of copies of Acts of Parliament and regulations


11 Regulations series

12 Notice of making of regulations

13 Publishing under this Act sufficient compliance with direction to be published in Gazette

14 Printing and publication of instruments other than regulations

15 Incorporation of amendments in reprints [Repealed]

16 Power to revoke spent regulations and other instruments

Judicial notice and evidence of New Zealand legislation

16A Judicial notice of Acts of Parliament

16B Judicial notice of regulations

16C Copy of Act of Parliament, Imperial legislation, and regulations printed as prescribed to be evidence

16D Copy of reprint of Act, Imperial legislation, or regulations to be evidence

16E Copies of parliamentary Journals to be evidence

Gazetting of Acts of Parliament unnecessary

17 Gazetting of Acts of Parliament unnecessary

Power to make editorial changes in reprints

17A Interpretation

17B Purpose of sections 17C to 17E

17C Power to make editorial changes in reprints

17D Changes to format

17E Other changes

17F Changes to be noted in reprint

Amendments to Acts Interpretation Act 1924


18 General interpretation of terms [Repealed]

19 Repeal of provision relating to gazetting of Acts [Repealed]

Amendments to Civil Defence Act 1983


20 Emergency regulations [Repealed]

21 Consequential amendment [Repealed]

Amendments to Electoral Act 1956


22 Indexes of streets and places [Repealed]

Amendments to Evidence Act 1908


23 New sections substituted [Repealed]

24 Repeals [Repealed]

Amendment to Films Act 1983


25 Departments and organisations to which section 10 of the Films Act 1983 applies [Repealed]

Amendment to Judicature Act 1908


26 Publication of High Court Rules under Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 [Repealed]

Amendment to Medical Research Council Act 1950


27 Annual report to Minister [Repealed]

Amendments to Ombudsmen Act 1975


28 House of Representatives may make rules for guidance of Ombudsmen [Repealed]

29 Evidence [Repealed]

30 Departments to which Ombudsmen Act 1975 applies [Repealed]

Amendment to Public Finance Act 1989


31 Revolving funds [Repealed]

Amendment to State Sector Act 1988


32 Departments of the Public Service [Repealed]

33 Transitional provision relating to Government Printing Office [Repealed]

Amendments to Veterinary Services Act 1946


34 Annual report and statement of accounts [Repealed]

35 Regulations [Repealed]

Reprint notes

An Act—

  • (a) to provide for the printing and publication of copies of Acts of Parliament and statutory regulations; and

  • (b) to ensure that copies of Acts of Parliament and statutory regulations are available to the public; and

  • (c) to provide for the Government Printing Office to cease to be a department of the Public Service