Advice on consistency of Bills with the Bill of Rights Act

The Ministry of Justice, and the Crown Law Office in the case of Bills developed by the Ministry of Justice, advise the Attorney-General on the consistency of all Bills with the Bill of Rights Act (with the exception of appropriation Bills, which are not scrutinised).

The Attorney-General retains legal professional privilege in respect of unpublished advice written before January 2003, as well as unpublished advice written since January 2003 on Bills on which the Attorney-General has tabled a section 7 report in the House of Representatives. The advice is not subject to the Official Information Act 1982; however, the Attorney-General will consider requests for the release of such advice on a case by case basis.

To find previous details of advice, listed by Bill, visit the National Library for an archived version of this page.

You'll need to navigate through these pages to find the archived page: Policy > Constitutional policy & human rights > Human rights > New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 > on this page under the heading Consistent Bills click on the link called "Ministry's website".

National Library archives (external link)

YearTitle of BillSection of Bill of Rights Act consideredType of Bill
2017 Court Matters Bill [PDF, 194 KB]

Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill [PDF, 187 KB]
Section 27 Non-Government Bill
2017 Legislation Bill [PDF, 116 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Sentencing (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill [PDF, 117 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill [PDF, 149 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Racing Amendment Bill [PDF, 166 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2017 Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill [PDF, 175 KB] Sections 14 & 27 Government Bill
2017 Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill [PDF, 249 KB] Sections 14, 19 & 21 Government Bill
2017 Thames-Coromandel District Council and Hauraki District Council Mangrove Management Bill [PDF, 163 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill [PDF, 166 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill [PDF, 174 KB] Sections 14 & 21 Government Bill
2017 Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Claims Settlement Bill [PDF, 5 MB] Sections 19, 20 & 27 Government Bill
2017 Parihaka Reconciliation Bill [PDF, 4.3 MB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 Trusts Bill [PDF, 161 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 Criminal Record (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill [PDF, 8.6 MB] Sections 14,25 & 27 Government Bill
2017 Ngati Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill [PDF, 248 KB] Sections 19,20 and 27 Government Bill
2017 Care and Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill [PDF, 178 KB] Sections 14 and 27 Government Bill
2017 Education (Public Good not Profit from Charter Schools) Amendment Bill [PDF, 116 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Employment Relations (Restoring Kiwis’ Right to a Break at Work) Amendment Bill [PDF, 166 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Local Electoral (Equitable Process for Establishing Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill [PDF, 163 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill [PDF, 209 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Taxation (Budget Measures: Family Incomes Package) Bill [PDF, 170 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) [PDF, 172 KB] Section 21 Government Bill
2017 Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill [PDF, 117 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Autonomous Sanctions Bill [PDF, 133 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Bill (No 3) [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Electoral (Registration by Special Vote) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Friendly Societies and Credit Unions (Regulatory Improvement) Amendment Bill [PDF, 224 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 International Transparent Treaties Bill [PDF, 68 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Crown Minerals (Protection of World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill [PDF, 116 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Equal Pay Amendment Bill [PDF, 172 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2017 Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill [PDF, 209 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2017 Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill [PDF, 119 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Youth Employment Training and Education Bill [PDF, 166 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Arbitration Amendment Bill [PDF, 167 KB] Section 14 (Freedom of expression) Non-Government Bill
2017 Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill [PDF, 192 KB] Sections 21 and 24-26 Government Bill
2017 Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill [PDF, 237 KB] Sections 2, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25 Government Bill
2017 Conservation (Infringement System) Bill [PDF, 136 KB] Section 14(expression) Section 21(unreasonable search and seizure) and 25(c) (presumption of innocence until guilty) Government Bill
2017 Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill [PDF, 179 KB] Section 9 (sex and disability) Non-Government Bill
2017 Consumers' Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill [PDF, 207 KB] Section 14 (freedom of expression) Non-Government Bill
2017 Land Transport (Vehicle User Safety) Amendment Bill [PDF, 169 KB] Section 25c (presumption of innocence until proven guilty) Non-Government Bill
2016 Student Loan Scheme (First Home Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill [PDF, 120 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Domestic Violence - Victims’ Protection Bill [PDF, 172 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill [PDF, 15 MB] Sections 19, 20 and 27 Government Bill
2016 Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill [PDF, 241 KB]

CYPF Bill - supplementary advice [PDF, 199 KB]
Sections 19(1), 21 and 27 Government Bill
2016 Charter schools (Application of Official Information and Ombudsmen Acts) Bill [PDF, 69 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Crimes (Increased Penalty for Providing Explosive to Commit Crime) Amendment Bill [PDF, 114 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Maritime Transport Amendment Bill [PDF, 185 KB] Section 21 Government Bill
2016 Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Interim Restriction Order Classification) Amendment Bill [PDF, 174 KB] Section 14, 19 Government Bill
2016 Environment Canterbury (Democracy Restoration) Amendment Bill [PDF, 65 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Point England Reserve Development Enabling Bill [PDF, 119 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill 2016  [PDF, 197 KB] Section 27(2) Government Bill
2016 Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill  [PDF, 178 KB] Sections 10, 11, 25(c) Government Bill
2016 Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery (Emergency Relief) Bill 2016 [PDF, 121 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Customs and Excise Bill [PDF, 231 KB] Sections 14, 18, 21, 22, 25(c) Government Bill
2016 Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] Section 27(2) Government Bill
2016 Electoral Amendment Bill [PDF, 133 KB] Section 5, section 7, section 12, section 14 Government Bill
2016 Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Bill [PDF, 164 KB] Section 5, section 7, section 12, section 14 Government Bill
2016 Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill [PDF, 121 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill [PDF, 131 KB] Section 19 (freedom from discrimination on the basis of disability) Non-Government Bill
2016 Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Electronic interactions Reform Bill [PDF, 119 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Housing Legislation Amendment bill [PDF, 113 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Regulatory Systems (Workplace Relations) Amendment Bill [PDF, 68 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Regulatory Systems (Building and Housing) Amendment Bill [PDF, 117 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Regulatory Systems (Commercial Matters) Amendment Bill [PDF, 345 KB] Section 14 (freedom of expression) and section 25(c) (presumption of innocence) Government Bill
2016 Companies (Annual Report Notice Requirements) Amendment Bill [PDF, 165 KB] Section 14 (freedom of expression) Government Bill
2016 Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information and Remedial Matters) Bill [PDF, 169 KB] s19 (freedom from discrimination), s14 (freedom of expression) Government bill
2016 Residential Tenancies (Safe and Secure Rentals) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill [PDF, 202 KB] s14 (freedom of expression), s18 (freedom of movement), s21 (unreasonable search and siezure), s25c (presumption of innocence), s27(judicial review) Government Bill
2016 Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill [PDF, 186 KB] Section 18, section 21, section 22 Government Bill
2016 Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill [PDF, 187 KB] Section 14, section 21 Government Bill
2016 Trade (Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill [PDF, 66 KB] No issues Government Bill 
2016 Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Bill [PDF, 167 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2016 Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill [PDF, 218 KB] Section 14, section 19 Government Bill
2016 Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016–17, Closely-Held Companies, and Remedial Matters) Bill [PDF, 173 KB] Section 14, section 19 Government Bill
2016 Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Bill (No 2) [PDF, 119 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Statutes Repeal Bill [PDF, 133 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Exemption for RNZRSA Clubs from Special Licencing Requirements for Anzac Day) Amendment Bill [PDF, 115 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Bill [PDF, 117 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill [PDF, 268 KB] Section 19(1) (race) Non-Government Bill
2016 Education (Update) Amendment Bill [PDF, 148 KB] Section 13 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion), section 15 (manifestation of religion and belief), section 19(1) (freedom from discrimination) and section 21 (right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure) Government Bill
2016 Our Work Our Future Bill [PDF, 116 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) [PDF, 222 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2016 Food Safety Law Reform Bill [PDF, 142 KB] Section 14, Section 21, Section 25(c) Government Bill
2016 Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Customs and Excise (Tobacco Products - Budget Measures) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Government Bill
2016 Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill [PDF, 117 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Contract and Commercial Law Bill [PDF, 146 KB] Section 14, Section 27 Government Bill
2016 Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill [PDF, 231 KB] Section 14, Section 19, Section 20, Section 25(c) Government Bill
2016 Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill [PDF, 123 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2016 Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Amendment Bill [PDF, 138 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2016 Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill [PDF, 346 KB] Section 14 (freedom of expression), section 18 (freedom of movement), section 19(1) (freedom from discrimination), section 21 (unreasonable search and seizure) Government Bill
2016 New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill [PDF, 292 KB] Section 14 (freedom of expression), section 18 (freedom of movement), section 21 (unreasonable search and seizure), section 25(c) (right to be presumed innocent), section 27(1) (natural justice), section 27(2) (right to judicial review, and section 27(3) (right to bring civil proceedings against the Crown) Government Bill
2016 Climate Change Response (Removal of Transitional Measure) Amendment Bill [PDF, 271 KB] Section 14, section 21, section 25(c) Government Bill
2016 Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill (external link) Section 18, 21 and 22 Government Bill

In addition to the general disclaimer for all documents on this website, please note the following: This advice was prepared to assist the Attorney-General to determine whether a report should be made to Parliament under s 7 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. It should not be used or acted upon for any other purpose. The advice does no more than assess whether the Bill complies with the minimum guarantees contained in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. The release of this advice should not be taken to indicate that the Attorney-General agrees with all aspects of it, nor does its release constitute a general waiver of legal professional privilege in respect of this or any other matter. Whilst care has been taken to ensure that this document is an accurate reproduction of the advice provided to the Attorney-General, neither the Ministry of Justice nor the Crown Law Office accepts any liability for any errors or omissions.

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