Interpretation Act 1999

Before its repeal, this Act was administered by: Ministry of Justice
  • repealed
  • Interpretation Act 1999: repealed, on 28 October 2021, by section 6 of the Legislation (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2019 (2019 No 59).

Version as at 28 October 2021

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Interpretation Act 1999

Public Act
 
1999 No 85
Date of assent
 
3 August 1999
Commencement
 
see section 3

Interpretation Act 1999: repealed, on 28 October 2021, by section 6 of the Legislation (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2019 (2019 No 59).

Note

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 Justice.

Contents

Title
1Short Title
2Purposes of this Act
3Commencement
4Application
5Ascertaining meaning of legislation
6Enactments apply to circumstances as they arise
7Enactments do not have retrospective effect
8Date of commencement of Acts
9Date of commencement of regulations
10Time of commencement of legislation
11Exercise of powers between passing and commencement of legislation
12Power to appoint to an office
13Power to correct errors
14Exercise of powers by deputies
15Power to amend or revoke
16Exercise of powers and duties more than once
17Effect of repeal generally
18Effect of repeal on enforcement of existing rights
19Effect of repeal on prior offences and breaches of enactments
20Enactments made under repealed legislation to have continuing effect
21Powers exercised under repealed legislation to have continuing effect
22References to repealed enactment
23Amending enactment part of enactment amended
24Authority to make certain enactments
25Amendment and revocation of regulations made by Act
26Use of prescribed forms
27Enactments not binding on the Crown
28Review of this Part
29Definitions
29AMeaning of de facto relationship
29BMeaning of step-parent, etc
30Definitions in enactments passed or made before commencement of this Act
31Use of masculine gender in enactments passed or made before commencement of this Act
32Parts of speech and grammatical forms
33Numbers
34Meaning of words and expressions used in regulations and other instruments
35Time
36Distance
37Amendments to other Acts
38Repeals and saving
Notes

An Act relating to the interpretation, application, and effect of legislation