(1) The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, make such regulations as he deems necessary, having regard to the exigencies of the Hawke's Bay earthquake and the conditions arising therefrom, for the purpose of validating, authorising, or prohibiting any act (whether of commission or omission), thing, or proceeding. In particular, without limiting the power conferred by this section, regulations under this section may make provision for all or any of the following purposes:
(b) for the remission of stamp duty on any instruments or class or classes of instruments rendered necessary by or in any way arising out of the earthquake (including receipts for money donated to earthquake relief funds) or on instruments replacing stamped instruments lost, destroyed, or damaged by reason of the earthquake:
(g) for the filing, enrolment, registration, or lodgment in any public office of authenticated copies of deeds lost or destroyed by reason of the earthquake:
(l) regulating drainage and sanitation, and conserving public health, safety, and convenience, and preventing and abating nuisances:
(n) providing for the payment by instalments of fees for the issue, renewal, or transfer of licences under the Land Agents Act 1921–22 and under the Auctioneers Act 1928; for remitting or reducing the amount of such fees or instalments either generally or in particular cases; and for suspending the operation of such licences for such periods as may be thought fit:
(o) for the remission of the fees payable under any Act, regulations, rules, or bylaws, for the issue or renewal of any certificates, licences, documents, or books required to replace certificates, licences, documents, or books lost, destroyed, or damaged by reason of the earthquake:
(q) for the control of building operations in any borough affected by the earthquake; and, in particular, authorising the council of any such borough to issue building permits on such terms and conditions as such Council thinks fit, or as may be prescribed, and to remove or compel the removal of any buildings erected within such borough at any time since 3 February 1931:
(t) for the remission of light dues, harbour dues, and other charges in respect of ships carrying persons who suffered as a result of the earthquake or carrying goods for the relief of distress or hardship due to the earthquake, and for the remission of such dues and charges in respect of such goods:
(u) validating and authorising payments by the New Zealand Meat-producers Board in respect of the transport of stock which has, by reason of the earthquake, been taken from one district to another district to be slaughtered:
(v) modifying the provisions of the Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Act 1926 relating to subsidies to Hospital Boards in respect of amounts levied from contributory local authorities, or relating to the recovery of amounts so levied, or relating to the apportionment of the net estimated expenditure of Hospital Boards among contributory local authorities, or relating to the relief by a Hospital Board of persons not resident in the district of such board; and making any provision which may be desirable or necessary with respect to such matters:
(2) Any regulations made under this section may provide that such regulations shall have effect as from any date specified therein, being not earlier than 2 February 1931, and such regulations shall have effect accordingly, and be deemed to have been valid and of full effect as from such specified date; and the powers, rights, duties, and liabilities of all persons in respect of all things done or suffered, whether before or after the passing of this Act or before or after the making of such regulations, shall be determined accordingly.
(3) Any regulations made under this section may be of general or of particular application, and all such regulations shall have the force of law as if enacted in this Act, anything to the contrary in any other Act, Order in Council, or regulations, or in any Proclamation, rules, or bylaws notwithstanding.
(4) All regulations made under this section shall be published in the Gazette, and shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament within 14 days after the gazetting thereof if Parliament is then in session, and, if not, then within 14 days after the commencement of the next ensuing session.
Section 66(1)(s): repealed, on 31 July 1931, by section 2(5) of the Rent Restriction Extension Act 1931 (1931 No 11).