Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1996

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Reprint as at 1 October 2008

Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1996

Public Act1996 No 22
Date of assent16 May 1996
Commencementsee section 1(2)

Note

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 Ministry of Transport.


Contents

Title

1 Short Title and commencement

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

2 Interpretation

Application

3 Act to bind the Crown

4 Application of Act

5 Other Acts not affected

Part 2
Protection and enforcement

Liability for damage to submarine cable or pipeline

6 Civil liability

7 Liability in respect of damage to cable or pipeline

Indemnity for loss of certain equipment

8 Indemnity for loss of certain equipment

Submarine cable or pipeline that has ceased to be used

9 Owner of submarine cable or pipeline that has ceased to be used to notify Minister

10 District Court may order removal of abandoned submarine cable or pipeline

Offence to damage submarine cable or pipeline

11 Offence to damage submarine cable or pipeline

Prohibition on certain activities in protected areas

12 Protected areas

13 Offences in respect of protected areas

14 Defences in respect of certain offences

15 Penalties in respect of certain offences

Appointment and powers of protection officers, etc

16 Protection officers

17 Ship may be ordered from protected area

18 Seizure of fishing equipment in protected area

19 Master to identify ship

Powers of enforcement officers, etc

20 Power to obtain documents and information

21 Power of seizure

22 Persons assisting enforcement officer

23 Enforcement officer to produce evidence of authority to act

Provisions relating to seized property

24 Custody of property seized

25 Release of property by Minister

26 Release of property by court

Proceedings for offences, etc

27 Consent of Attorney-General required for certain proceedings

28 Evidential provisions relating to approved maritime surveillance equipment

29 Offence to tamper or interfere with approved maritime surveillance equipment

30 Evidence of testing and accuracy of approved maritime surveillance equipment

Forfeiture of property on conviction

31 Forfeiture of property on conviction

32 Court may grant relief to third party

33 Minister's powers in respect of forfeited property

34 Forfeiture of property or redemption payment is in addition to any other penalty

Part 3
Miscellaneous provisions

35 Approved maritime surveillance equipment

36 Regulations

37 Repeals and savings

Schedule
Enactments repealed

Reprint notes


An Act—

  • (a) to provide better protection of submarine cables and pipelines; and

  • (b) to continue, or enable, the implementation of obligations on New Zealand under various international conventions relating to protection of submarine cables and pipelines; and

  • (c) to consolidate and amend the Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1966