Seamen's Union Funds Act 1971

Reprint
as at 1 July 2013

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Seamen's Union Funds Act 1971

Public Act1971 No 71
Date of assent27 November 1971
Commencement27 November 1971

Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


An Act to provide for the management of the assets of the deregistered New Zealand Seamen's Industrial Union of Workers, and for matters incidental thereto

  • Preamble

    Whereas the registration of the New Zealand Seamen's Industrial Union of Workers was cancelled, pursuant to section 198 of the Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1954, by notice in the Gazette on 5 November 1971:

    And whereas it is expedient that pending the registration of a new union provision be made for the management and administration of the assets of the former union, for the discharge of its lawful obligations, and also that provision be made for the vesting in a new union of the assets of the former union, and for other incidental and subsidiary matters.

1 Short Title
  • This Act may be cited as the Seamen's Union Funds Act 1971.

2 Interpretation
  • In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    assets of the Union means all real or personal property of the Union or of any of its branches; and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing provisions of this definition, includes—

    • (a) bank notes and other currency, postal notes, money orders, promissory notes, and bills of exchange, and any other negotiable instruments payable in currency; and

    • (b) any amount deposited in a bank, and any amount for which cheques can be drawn on a bank pursuant to an arrangement for the time being subsisting; and

    • (c) any real or personal property of any member or officer or position-holder of the Union or any of its branches, if that property was the property of the Union or any branch on 4 November 1971; and

    • (d) all real and personal property of the Union or any of its branches which at any time has been transferred to or vested in any person in trust for the Union or of any of its branches or has been disposed of without adequate consideration in money or money's worth;—

    and also includes every estate or interest in real or personal property of which The Federated Seamen's Union of New Zealand Industrial Association of Workers, or the Auckland Federated Seamen's Industrial Union of Workers, or the Wellington Federated Seamen's Industrial Union of Workers, or The Dunedin Federated Seamen's Industrial Union of Workers (being predecessors of the Union) is registered as the proprietor at the date of the passing of this Act

    Manager means Public Trust as Manager of the assets of the Union

    Minister means the Minister of Labour

    Union means the organisation known as The New Zealand Seamen's Industrial Union of Workers on 4 November 1971.

    Section 2 Manager: amended, on 1 March 2002, by section 170(1) of the Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100).

3 Appointment of Manager
  • Public Trust is hereby appointed to be the Manager of the assets of the Union.

    Section 3: amended, on 1 March 2002, by section 170(1) of the Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100).

4 Vesting of assets
  • (1) All assets of the Union are vested in Public Trust, and must be held by it upon trust to manage and administer the assets until they are vested in a new union under section 7.

    (2) A certificate of Public Trust to the effect that an asset described in the certificate has vested in Public Trust under subsection (1) must be accepted by all courts, registrars, and other persons as sufficient evidence that the asset has vested in Public Trust.

    (3) The registrar or other person responsible for keeping a register of instruments of title must register Public Trust as proprietor of an asset on production of—

    • (a) a certificate under subsection (2) that relates to the asset; and

    • (b) an application by Public Trust for registration as proprietor of the asset in place of the proprietor named in the instrument of title to the asset.

    Section 4: replaced, on 1 March 2002, by section 170(1) of the Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100).

5 Powers of Manager
  • The Manager shall have the following powers:

    • (a) to take and retain possession of all assets of the Union, and in particular, but without limiting the generality of the power conferred by this paragraph, to demand, receive, and hold all instruments of title to any of the assets which are or may be in the possession or under the control of any person, whether or not employed by the Union or any branch thereof, with all related documents, records, and lists or instruments of title:

    • (b) to have full and free access to any books of accounts, documents, and records of the Union or of any branch of the Union, and make copies thereof or take extracts therefrom, and, if he considers it necessary, to take and retain possession thereof:

    • (c) to complete, carry out, perform, or enforce in such manner as he may think fit any contracts entered into by the Union or any branch thereof before 5 November 1971 and exercise any powers conferred by any such contract:

    • (d) to do any act or thing requisite to obtaining or perfecting the title to any of the assets:

    • (e) to bring any action or other proceedings relating to the assets or to the recovery thereof, and defend, confess, or compromise, or submit to judgment in, any action, claim, demand, or proceeding touching the assets:

    • (f) to insure against fire or accident or otherwise any of the assets:

    • (g) to employ or appoint servants, clerks, and agents on such terms and subject to such conditions as he thinks fit:

    • (h) to appoint an agent to do anything that the Manager is authorised to do as Manager of the assets of the Union; to delegate all or any of his powers and functions, either generally or particularly, to any person or class of persons, and to revoke any such delegation:

    • (i) to open in any bank in New Zealand an account in the name of the Manager, and operate on the account in such manner and to such extent as the Manager may from time to time determine:

    • (j) to exercise as if he were trustee of the assets all powers which he could exercise under the Trustee Act 1956 or any other Act or law:

    • (k) such other powers as may be conferred on the Manager by regulations made pursuant to section 9.

6 Liabilities, expenses, and remuneration
  • (1) The Manager may pay or satisfy out of the assets of the Union all debts, liabilities, and obligations of the Union or any branch of the Union, so far as the law binds and the assets in his hands and available for the purpose extend.

    (2) The remuneration of Public Trust as Manager of the Union must—

    • (a) subject to the approval of the Minister, be determined in accordance with Public Trust's scale of charges; and

    • (b) be paid out of the assets of the Union to the credit of Public Trust.

    (3) All costs, charges, and expenses incurred by Public Trust as Manager of the assets of the Union and the remuneration of Public Trust shall be paid out of those assets in priority to all other claims.

    Section 6(2): replaced, on 1 March 2002, by section 170(1) of the Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100).

    Section 6(3): amended, on 1 March 2002, by section 170(1) of the Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100).

7 Disposal of assets
  • (1) Where the Minister is satisfied that a new union of workers representing seamen (other than officers) employed in the deck department or engine room department of New Zealand ships (including New Zealand Government ships) has after the passing of this Act been registered under the Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1954, he shall, by notice in the Gazette, declare that—

    • (a) the new union has been so registered under the name specified in the notice; and

    • (b) on the date specified in the notice (being the date of the notice or any later date), the assets of the Union then vested in Public Trust shall vest in the new union pursuant to subsection (2).

    (2) On the publication of that notice in the Gazette,—

    • (a) those assets of the Union shall on the date specified in the notice vest by virtue of this subsection in the new union named in the notice; and

    • (b) all the liabilities and obligations of the Union or of the Manager on that date shall become liabilities and obligations of the new union.

    (3) Where Public Trust has not been registered as the proprietor of an asset of the Union, a certificate of Public Trust to the effect that the asset is vested in Public Trust under section 4(1) must be accepted by all courts, registrars, and other persons as sufficient evidence that subsection (2) applies to the asset.

    (4) In this section the expressions New Zealand ship, New Zealand Government ship, and seamen have the same meanings as in the Shipping and Seamen Act 1952.

    Section 7(1)(b): amended, on 1 March 2002, by section 170(1) of the Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100).

    Section 7(3): replaced, on 1 March 2002, by section 170(1) of the Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100).

8 Offences
  • (1) Every person commits an offence against this Act who—

    • (a) acts in contravention of or fails to comply in any respect with any requirement lawfully made under this Act:

    • (b) resists, obstructs, deceives, or attempts to deceive the Manager or any other person who is exercising or attempting to exercise any power or function under this Act:

    • (c) knowingly or negligently makes any false or misleading statement or any material omission in any information or particulars furnished to the Manager or any other person under or for the purposes of this Act.

    (2) Every person who commits an offence against this Act is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding $500, or to both.

    Section 8(2): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

9 Regulations
  • The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, make regulations providing for such matters as are contemplated by or necessary for giving full effect to the provisions of this Act and for its due administration.

10 Act to be administered in the Department of Labour
  • [Repealed]

    Section 10: repealed, on 14 December 1979, by section 2(3) of the Labour Department Amendment Act 1979 (1979 No 95).


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Seamen's Union Funds Act 1971. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the Act as at 1 July 2013, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)
  • Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81): section 413

    Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100): section 170(1)

    Labour Department Amendment Act 1979 (1979 No 95): section 2(3)