Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1996

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1996

Public Act
1996 No 22
Date of assent
16 May 1996
see section 1(2)

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.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Transport.


1Short Title and commencement
3Act to bind the Crown
4Application of Act
5Other Acts not affected
5AAct is maritime Act
6Civil liability
7Liability in respect of damage to cable or pipeline
8Indemnity for loss of certain equipment
9Owner of submarine cable or pipeline that has ceased to be used to notify Minister
10District Court may order removal of abandoned submarine cable or pipeline
11Offence to damage submarine cable or pipeline
12Protected areas
13Offences in respect of protected areas
14Defences in respect of certain offences
15Penalties in respect of certain offences
16Protection officers
17Ship may be ordered from protected area
18Seizure of fishing equipment in protected area
19Master to identify ship
20Power to obtain documents and information
21Power of seizure
22Persons assisting enforcement officer
23Enforcement officer to produce evidence of authority to act
24Custody of property seized
25Release of property by Minister
26Release of property by court
27Consent of Attorney-General required for certain proceedings
28Evidential provisions relating to approved maritime surveillance equipment
29Offence to tamper or interfere with approved maritime surveillance equipment
30Evidence of testing and accuracy of approved maritime surveillance equipment
31Forfeiture of property on conviction
32Court may grant relief to third party
33Minister’s powers in respect of forfeited property
34Forfeiture of property or redemption payment is in addition to any other penalty
35Approved maritime surveillance equipment
37Repeals and savings

An Act—


to provide better protection of submarine cables and pipelines; and


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


to consolidate and amend the Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1966