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New Zealand

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New Zealand now has one of the world's least regulated economies New Zealand consists of two main islands. The larger, South Island, is also the more mountainous, dominated by ...

New Zealand

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The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law, History
Length:
4,102 words
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...Following the Imperial Conference of 1907 , New Zealand's greater independence from Britain was reflected in its new name, Dominion of New Zealand. New Zealand attained by the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1947 full powers to amend, suspend, and repeal its own constitution. New Zealand nevertheless remained a constitutional monarchy: the sovereign of the United Kingdom was affirmed by the Constitution Act 1986 as the head of state in New Zealand. Influences on legislation. New Zealand's legislative history must be seen against the...

Constitution of New Zealand

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Australian Law Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Law
Length:
122 words

...Constitution of New Zealand New Zealand’s constitution is not consolidated in one document, and is largely unwritten. Key constitutional statutes (which have no greater formal validity than non-constitutional statutes) include the Constitution Act 1986 (NZ) and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (NZ), as well as preserved imperial statutes such as Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights 1688 (UK). Rules of convention, common law and the royal prerogative also form part of the Constitution, as does the Treaty of Waitangi. Important constitutional...

Supreme Court of New Zealand

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Rebecca Lenihan

Dictionary Plus Law

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Law
Length:
80 words

...Court of New Zealand New Zealand's final court of appeal. Before the establishment of the Supreme Court, New Zealand’s highest court of appeal was the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. The Supreme Court Act 2003 came into force on 1 January 2004 . It officially established the Supreme Court as a court of final appeal comprising New Zealand judges to enable important legal matters to be resolved with an understanding of New Zealand conditions, history, and traditions. Rebecca...

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Food Standards Australia New Zealand   Reference library

Australian Law Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Law
Length:
40 words

...Food Standards Australia New Zealand ( FSANZ ) a bi-national government agency ( see mutual recognition ) administering the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code regulating additives, food safety, labelling and GM foods. Enforcement of the code is a state-level responsibility. ...

Governor-General of New Zealand

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Rebecca Lenihan

Dictionary Plus Law

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Law
Length:
129 words

...of New Zealand The representative of the Sovereign in the Realm of New Zealand, established in 1917 by Letters Patent issued by King George V. Previous to 1917 the title of this role had been Governor. The first Governor was appointed in 1840 when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Until the appointment of the first New-Zealand-born Governor-General in 1967 , New Zealand Governors and Governor-Generals were primarily from the British military or minor aristocracy. The duties and powers of the Governor-General have gradually diminished...

Executive Council of New Zealand

Executive Council of New Zealand   Quick reference

Rebecca Lenihan

Dictionary Plus Law

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Law
Length:
96 words

...Council of New Zealand The highest formal instrument of government in New Zealand. It is comprised of all Ministers of the Crown, including Ministers inside and outside Cabinet. The Governor-General is not a member of the Council, but presides over it. The main function of the Council is to advise the Governor-General to make Orders in Council, the main method by which the government implements decisions that need legal force. Both the Governor-General and the Executive Council were established in 1917 by the Letters Patent Constituting the Office...

Constitution of New Zealand

Constitution of New Zealand  

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New Zealand's constitution is not consolidated in one document, and is largely unwritten. Key constitutional statutes (which have no greater formal validity than non-constitutional statutes) include ...
Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Food Standards Australia New Zealand  

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A bi-national government agency (see mutual recognition) administering the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code regulating additives, food safety, labelling and GM foods. Enforcement of the code ...
female franchise

female franchise  

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The right of women to vote in elections and stand for parliament. New Zealand and Australia were among the first nations to enact this right. South Australia allowed women to ...
environmental court

environmental court  

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Forms of specialist environmental court have been established in a number of common law jurisdictions, notably the Environment Court in New Zealand, and various courts in Australian States, such as ...
category 2 territories

category 2 territories  

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Those territories designated by Order of the Secretary of State for the purposes of pt 2 of the Extradition Act 2003 (see extradition). As at 1 September 2006 the following territories had been so ...
no-fault compensation

no-fault compensation  

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A scheme based on the principle that injured persons should receive compensation for their injuries without having to prove fault against any individual. The term is American in origin, and in the ...
dominion

dominion  

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A country in the British empire that, between 1867 and 1947, had achieved a degree of autonomy but still owed allegiance to the British crown. The first country to call itself a dominion was Canada ...
Antarctic Treaty

Antarctic Treaty  

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An international treaty that is designed to preserve the unique environment of Antarctica by limiting development there. It was signed in 1959 by the seven countries (Norway, France, Australia, New ...
discovery

discovery  

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N.(in international law) A method of acquiring territory in which good title can be gained by claiming previously unclaimed land (terra nullius). In the early days of European exploration it was held ...
Hansard

Hansard  

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The official verbatim record of debates in the British, Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand parliament. It is named after Thomas C. Hansard (1776–1833), an English printer whose company originally ...
Southern Bluefin Tuna Case

Southern Bluefin Tuna Case  

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(Australia and New Zealand v. Japan) ( 2004 ) 23 R.I.A.A. 1. On 10 May 1993, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan concluded the Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin ...
Maori Law

Maori Law  

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Tikanga Māori and “Maori customary law” are terms (not necessarily interchangeable) embodying the values, standards, principles, or norms that indigenous Maori societies have developed to govern ...
United Nations Handbook

United Nations Handbook  

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Published annually since 1961 (with the exception of 1970 and 1976) by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Handbook contains a wealth of data on the ...
London Naval Construction Treaties

London Naval Construction Treaties  

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The Treaties referred to in this way are the International Treaty for the Reduction and Limitation of Naval Armament of 22 April 1930 between Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand ...

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