Why the RTA is being reformed
Since the RTA came into force, homeownership rates have declined and the proportion of households living in rental homes has increased. More people, including families and older people, are renting for longer, or for life.
Public submissions are now being invited on the Inquiry, which will examine the law and administrative procedures for the conduct of Local Authority elections in light of the 2016 local elections.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 31 December 2017
Public submissions are now being called for Racing Amendment Bill
The main aims of the Bill are to amend the Racing Act 2003 (the Act) to
- improve the competitiveness of the New Zealand Racing Board’s (the Board) betting operations;
- require offshore betting operators to pay to use New Zealand racing and sporting information in their betting products (an information use charge); pay when they take bets on racing or sporting events (or both) where those bets originate in New Zealand (a consumption charge); and
- provide for regulations to be made to revise the formula that is used for allocating proceeds from sports betting between the racing and sports sectors.
This bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 to address issues related to liability for damage to rental premises caused by a tenant, methamphetamine contamination in rental premises, and tenancies over rental premises that are unlawful for residential use.
The Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee (HSRAC), responsible for overseeing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the HSR system, is undertaking a five year review of the HSR system. The HSR system is a front-of-pack labelling (FoPL) scheme intended to assist consumers in making healthier diet choices. The findings of the review will be provided to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) in mid‑2019.
The Policy Brief on A Sugary Drink Tax for New Zealand is now open for public consultation. This document is authored by the New Zealand Beverage Guidance Panel (NZBGP)
‘A Strategy to Prevent Suicide in New Zealand: Draft for public consultation’ outlines a framework for how we can work together to reduce suicidal behaviour in New Zealand. It also identifies a set of priority areas for action.
This bill implements the decisions announced by the Government in September 2016 aimed at breaking the pattern of family violence and reducing the harm and cost inflicted on those who suffer violence and wider New Zealand society, including increasing access to risk and needs assessments and services, more accurately recording family violence offending in the criminal justice system, enabling the introduction of codes of practice, and new information sharing provisions.