Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006

3 Purpose

(1)

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

(a)

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

(b)

to respond to epidemics in New Zealand; and

(c)

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

(2)

This Act also has the following purposes:

(a)

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:

(b)

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