Commonwealth Countries Act 1977

Reprint as at 1 March 2017

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Commonwealth Countries Act 1977

Public Act
 
1977 No 31
Date of assent
 
6 October 1977
Commencement
 
6 October 1977
Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

An Act to enable the membership of the Commonwealth to be more easily ascertained, to provide for the continued operation of New Zealand law with respect to certain Commonwealth countries, and to provide for the continued operation of New Zealand law with respect to the Republic of Ireland as if it were a Commonwealth country

 
1 Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Commonwealth Countries Act 1977.

2 Membership of Commonwealth

(1)

In any proceeding before any court or any person acting judicially—

(a)

a certificate signed by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade that on a date specified in the certificate a specified country was or was not a Commonwealth country, or that a specified territory was or was not one for whose international relations a specified Commonwealth country was responsible, shall be conclusive evidence of the matters stated in the certificate:

(b)

if no certificate pursuant to paragraph (a) is produced relating to it, the fact that a country is specified in Schedule 1 shall be conclusive evidence that that country is a Commonwealth country, and the fact that a country is not so specified shall be conclusive evidence that it is not a Commonwealth country.

(2)

The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, amend the said Schedule 1 by adding to it the names of countries that have become Commonwealth countries or deleting from it the names of countries that have ceased to be Commonwealth countries.

(3)

An Order in Council pursuant to subsection (2) shall come into force or be deemed to have come into force on a date specified therein, whether that date is before, on, or after the date of the making of the order.

(4)

The court or person acting judicially to which or to whom any certificate under subsection (1)(a) is produced shall take judicial notice of the signature thereon of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

(5)

For the purposes of this section,—

court includes the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the District Court

District Court includes—

(a)

the Family Court; and

(b)

the Youth Court

person acting judicially means any person having in New Zealand by law authority to hear, receive, and examine evidence

proceeding means—

(a)

a proceeding conducted by a court; and

(b)

any interlocutory or other application to a court connected with a proceeding.

Section 2(1)(a): amended, on 1 July 1993, by section 6(1) of the Foreign Affairs Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 48).

Section 2(4): amended, on 1 July 1993, by section 6(1) of the Foreign Affairs Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 48).

Section 2(5): substituted, on 1 August 2007, by section 216 of the Evidence Act 2006 (2006 No 69).

Section 2(5) court: amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).

Section 2(5) District Court: replaced, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).

3 Operation of New Zealand law with respect to certain Commonwealth countries

All existing law—that is to say all law, whether a rule of law or a provision of an Act of any Parliament or a provision of any other enactment or instrument whatsoever—shall, until provision to the contrary is made by the authority having power to alter that law, have the same operation with respect to every Commonwealth country of which Her Majesty is not Head of State (whether by virtue of that country’s having become a republic or otherwise) as it would have if Her Majesty were Head of State.

4 Operation of New Zealand law with respect to the Republic of Ireland

All existing law as aforesaid shall, until provision to the contrary is made by the authority having the power to alter that law, operate with respect to the Republic of Ireland as if it were a Commonwealth country and not a foreign country.

5 Application of Act to Tokelau

This Act shall be in force in Tokelau.

6 Consequential amendment and repeals

(1)

Amendment(s) incorporated in the Act(s).

(2)

The enactments specified in Schedule 2 are hereby consequentially repealed.

Schedule 1 Commonwealth countries

s 2(1)(b)

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

The Bahamas

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belize

Botswana

Brunei Darussalam

Cameroon

Canada

Cyprus

Dominica

Fiji

The Gambia

Ghana

Grenada

Guyana

India

Jamaica

Kenya

Kiribati

Lesotho

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Nauru

New Zealand

Nigeria

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Rwanda

St Kitts & Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Solomon Islands

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Swaziland

Tanzania

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

Uganda

United Kingdom

Vanuatu

Zambia

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 1 January 1984), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(1) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 1 November 1995), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(2) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 9 July 1982), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(3) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 13 November 1995), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(4) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 21 March 1990), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(5) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 1 October 1989), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(6) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 29 November 2009), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(7) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 4 July 1997), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(8)(a) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 4 July 1997), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(8)(b) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 19 September 1983), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(9) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 1 June 1994), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(10) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 7 December 2003), on 26 October 2012, by clause 3(11) of the Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 30 July 1980), on 12 July 1982, by clause 2 of the Commonwealth Countries (Vanuatu, Belize, and Antigua and Barbuda) Order 1982 (SR 1982/170).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 21 September 1981), on 12 July 1982, by clause 3 of the Commonwealth Countries (Vanuatu, Belize, and Antigua and Barbuda) Order 1982 (SR 1982/170).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 1 November 1981), on 12 July 1982, by clause 4 of the Commonwealth Countries (Vanuatu, Belize, and Antigua and Barbuda) Order 1982 (SR 1982/170).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 12 June 1979), on 26 June 1980, by clause 2 of the Commonwealth Countries (Kiribati, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Zimbabwe) Order 1980 (SR 1980/119).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 27 October 1979), on 26 June 1980, by clause 3 of the Commonwealth Countries (Kiribati, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Zimbabwe) Order 1980 (SR 1980/119).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 7 July 1978), on 28 June 1979, by clause 2 of the Commonwealth Countries (Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Dominica, and St Lucia) Order 1979 (SR 1979/123).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 1 October 1978), on 28 June 1979, by clause 3 of the Commonwealth Countries (Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Dominica, and St Lucia) Order 1979 (SR 1979/123).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 3 November 1978), on 28 June 1979, by clause 4 of the Commonwealth Countries (Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Dominica, and St Lucia) Order 1979 (SR 1979/123).

Schedule 1: amended (with effect on 22 February 1979), on 28 June 1979, by clause 5 of the Commonwealth Countries (Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Dominica, and St Lucia) Order 1979 (SR 1979/123).

Schedule 2 Enactments repealed

s 6(2)

Evidence Act 1908 (1908 No 56) (Reprinted 1965, Vol 3, p 1387)

Amendment(s) incorporated in the Act(s).

Evidence Amendment Act 1976 (1976 No 89)
Lesotho Act 1967 (1967 No 13)
Malaysia Act 1963 (1963 No 59)
Republic of Bangladesh Act 1972 (1972 No 13)
Republic of Botswana Act 1967 (1967 No 14)
Republic of Cyprus Act 1961 (1961 No 14)
Republic of Ghana Act 1960 (1960 No 6)
Republic of Guyana Act 1970 (1970 No 5)
Republic of India Act 1950 (1950 No 14) (Reprinted 1957, Vol 13, p 269)
Republic of Ireland Act 1950 (1950 No 13) (Reprinted 1957, Vol 13, p 271)
Republic of Kenya Act 1965 (1965 No 51)
Republic of Malawi Act 1966 (1966 No 16)
Republic of Nauru Act 1969 (1969 No 2)
Republic of Nigeria Act 1963 (1963 No 58)
Republic of Sierra Leone Act 1971 (1971 No 30)
Republic of Singapore Act 1966 (1966 No 4)
Republic of Sri Lanka Act 1972 (1972 No 14)
Republic of Tanzania Act 1966 (1966 No 3)
Republic of The Gambia Act 1970 (1970 No 6)
Republic of Zambia Act 1965 (1965 No 50)
Swaziland Act 1968 (1968 No 47)
Tonga Act 1970 (1970 No 16)
Uganda Act 1964 (1964 No 21)
Western Samoa Act 1961 (1961 No 68)

Amendment(s) incorporated in the Act(s).

Western Samoa Amendment Act 1970 (1970 No 123)

Amendment(s) incorporated in the Act(s).

Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of the Commonwealth Countries Act 1977 that incorporates all the amendments to that Act as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status

Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes

Editorial and format changes to reprints are made using the powers under sections 24 to 26 of the Legislation Act 2012. See also http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/.

4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint

District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49): section 261

Commonwealth Countries (Membership) Order 2012 (SR 2012/317)

Evidence Act 2006 (2006 No 69): section 216

Foreign Affairs Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 48): section 6(1)

Commonwealth Countries (Vanuatu, Belize, and Antigua and Barbuda) Order 1982 (SR 1982/170)

Commonwealth Countries (Kiribati, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Zimbabwe) Order 1980 (SR 1980/119)

Commonwealth Countries (Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Dominica, and St Lucia) Order 1979 (SR 1979/123)