Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, and Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1977

  • This version was replaced on 2 May 2017 to make a correction to section 6A(2)(b) under section 25(1)(j)(ii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
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Part 2 The exclusive economic zone of New Zealand

9 The exclusive economic zone

(1)

The exclusive economic zone of New Zealand comprises those areas of the sea, seabed, and subsoil that are beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea of New Zealand, having as their outer limits a line measured seaward from the baseline described in sections 5 and 6 and 6A, every point of which line is distant 200 nautical miles from the nearest point of the baseline.

(2)

Notwithstanding subsection (1), where—

(a)

any part of the median line between New Zealand and any other country is less than 200 nautical miles from the nearest part of the baseline of the territorial sea of New Zealand; and

(b)

no other outer limit of the exclusive economic zone is for the time being determined by an Order in Council made under subsection (3) or subsection (4)—

that part of the median line shall be an outer limit of the zone.

(3)

The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, declare that any specified provisions of this Part, and any other specified provisions in this Act relating to the exclusive economic zone, shall apply to the Ross Dependency, with such modifications and exceptions (if any) as he may specify in the order.

(4)

For the purposes of implementing any international agreement, or the arbitral award of any international body, or the judgment of any international court, or for any other purpose in accordance with international law, the Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, declare that the exclusive economic zone shall not extend to any specified area of the sea, seabed, or subsoil, that would otherwise be included within the exclusive economic zone by virtue of this section.

Section 9(1): amended, on 1 August 1996, by section 3(1) of the Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 74).