Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994

Public Act
1994 No 119
Date of assent
6 December 1994
see section 1

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

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1Short Title and commencement
3Exception in respect of members of official expeditions of other Contracting Parties
4Exception in respect of ships or aircraft supporting official expeditions of other Contracting Parties
5Exception in respect of observers and exchanged scientists of other Contracting Parties
6Consent of Attorney-General required for certain proceedings
8Act to bind the Crown
9Purpose and principles
10Ministerial directions
11Prohibition of mineral resource activities
12Additional prohibition of mineral resource activities by New Zealanders
13Additional prohibition of mineral resource activities in Ross Dependency
14Meaning of mineral resource activities
17Preliminary environmental evaluation
18Initial environmental evaluation
19Draft comprehensive environmental evaluation
20Final comprehensive environmental evaluation
21Joint environmental evaluation
22Supply of further information
23Exemptions from this Part
27Respect for protected areas
28Acts prohibited except in accordance with permit
29Application for permits
30Restrictions on permits in respect of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas
31Restrictions on permits to take native fauna and flora
32Restrictions on permits to introduce non-indigenous animals, plants, or micro-organisms into Antarctica
34General principles of waste disposal and waste management
35Waste disposal
36Disposal of waste, etc, unlawful
38Emergencies in Antarctica
39Appointment of inspectors
40Provisions relating to appointment
41Inspectors’ general power of entry and inspection
42Search and seizure by special inspectors with warrant
43Search and seizure by special inspectors without warrant
44Obligations of inspectors
45Arrest by special inspectors without warrant
46Custody of property seized
47Offence to obstruct inspectors
49Inspectors, etc, protected from proceedings
50Liability for causing inspector to incur expense
51Service of documents
52Evidentiary certificates
53No derogation from certain enactments
54Application of Maritime Transport Act 1994
55ARegulations under section 55(2) are confirmable instruments [Repealed]
56Amendments to other Acts
57Repeal and revocations

An Act to provide for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment and to recognise Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science and to implement the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty