7.1 This chapter provides an overview of the main principles and procedures concerning the development of government legislation (Acts of Parliament and regulations—that is, primary and secondary legislation) at the executive level.
7.16 The Legislation Act 2012 introduced a mechanism for systematically revising the presentation of some New Zealand statutes to make them more accessible. After being revised, they are introduced as revision bills into Parliament for re-enactment.
7.22 The development of legislation is a complex and time-consuming process requiring careful planning and coordination. The basic process for developing government legislation can be summarised as follows:
7.123 In New Zealand, the power to conclude treaties rests with the Executive. Any proposal to sign a treaty or to take binding treaty action must be submitted to Cabinet for approval (see paragraphs 5.77 - 5.81).
7.134 All members of Parliament can propose legislation or amendments to legislation that involve an increase or decrease in expenditure or taxation. They also have the power to move amendments to Votes in the Estimates.
7.137 The Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993 establishes a process that allows persons or organisations to initiate a non-binding national referendum on a subject of their choice, if 10 percent of registered voters sign a petition in support of the q
Information about the Law Commission and its work programme is on its website, www.lawcom.govt.nz.
The Legislation Design and Advisory Committee Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation can be found on its website, www.ldac.