Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006

3 Purpose


The principal purpose of this Act is to ensure that there is adequate statutory power for government agencies—


to try to prevent the outbreak of epidemics in New Zealand; and


to respond to epidemics in New Zealand; and


to respond to certain possible consequences of epidemics (whether occurring in New Zealand or overseas).


This Act also has the following purposes:


to ensure that certain activities normally undertaken by people and agencies interacting with government agencies can continue to be undertaken during an epidemic in New Zealand:


to enable the relaxation of some statutory requirements that might not be capable of being complied with, or complied with fully, during an epidemic.