(1) Every document of any kind duly executed outside New Zealand (whether before or after the commencement of this Act) by a member of any of Her Majesty's naval, military, or air forces, whether raised in New Zealand or elsewhere, shall, so far as regards the execution thereof, be admissible in evidence in any Court in New Zealand, or before any person acting judicially—
(a) If it purports to have been executed outside New Zealand before an officer of any of the said forces who holds rank not below that of Lieutenant-Commander, Major, or Squadron Leader, or an equivalent rank, or who holds an appointment as a Legal Staff Officer; or
(2) It shall be presumed that any signature subscribed to any document tendered in evidence under this section is genuine, and that any person appearing to have attested the document had in fact authority to attest it, unless the party objecting to the admission of the document proves the contrary.
This Act was repealed, as from 1 August 2007, pursuant to section 215 Evidence Act 2006 (2006 No 69). See clause 2(2) Evidence Act 2006 Commencement Order 2007 (SR 2007/190).
In subsection (1) the reference to Her Majesty has been updated from a reference to His Majesty.
In subsection (3), section 6 of the Evidence Amendment Act 1952 has been substituted for the repealed section 119 of the Property Law Act 1908.
In subsection (3), section 166 of the Land Transfer Act 1952 has been substituted for the repealed section 176 of the Land Transfer Act 1915.