New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981

Reprint
as at 18 December 2013

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981

Public Act1981 No 119
Date of assent23 October 1981
Commencementsee section 1(2)

Note

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

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

This Act is administered by the Treasury.


Contents

Title

1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

Part 1
New Zealand Railways Corporation

3 Minister of Railways [Repealed]

3A Relationship to Resource Management Act 1991

4 New Zealand Railways Corporation

5 Transfer of property contracts and liabilities to Corporation

6 Meetings of directors

7 Disclosure of interests

7A Indemnification and insurance

8 Corporation procedure

9 General Manager of Corporation

10 Delegation of functions and powers

10A Directions to carry out functions and exercise powers of Corporation

11 Remuneration of directors

Part 2
Functions and powers of Corporation

12 Functions of Corporation

13 Powers of Corporation

14 Power to alter operations and services

15 Financial contributions

16 Carriage of passengers and goods otherwise than by rail

17 Carriage of passengers and goods by water

18 Carriage of goods

19 Conveyance of hazardous substances and dangerous goods [Repealed]

20 Power to sell goods left by unknown owner

21 Power to act as agent of consignor of any goods to collect the price thereof

22 Power to retain goods received for conveyance if subject to unpaid Customs duties

23 Power to produce, sell, hire, and operate

24 Power in relation to property

25 Acquisition and disposal of shares, stock, or interest in company or business

26 Power to purchase and authorise sale of liquor on railway [Repealed]

27 Food and entertainment licences under Sale of Liquor Act in respect of railway restaurants [Repealed]

28 Disposal of railways

29 Powers of Corporation as to use of railways, wharves, etc

30 Powers of Minister and Corporation under Public Works Act 1981

31 Power to protect railway

31A Railway drains [Repealed]

32 Certificates of title for railway land

33 Lands and buildings may be leased

34 Development licences may be granted in respect of unused railway land or buildings

35 Grant of easements

Part 3
Financial provisions

36 Capital of Corporation

37 Borrowing by and loans to Corporation

37A Power to enter into swaps or other financial arrangements

37B Financial provisions relating to liability of the Crown in respect of Corporation's debt

38 Investments

39 Bank accounts

40 Capital works expenditure programme [Repealed]

41 Unauthorised expenditure [Repealed]

42 Dividends on capital

43 Financial statements and annual report [Repealed]

Part 4
Inquiries

[Repealed]

44 Appointment of Board of Inquiry as to matters affecting administration of railways [Repealed]

45 Corporation inquiries [Repealed]

Part 5
Railway operations

46 Safety of Corporation railways [Repealed]

47 New Corporation railways [Repealed]

48 Corporation may agree to work branch railway or siding in connection with railway

49 Corporation may agree with companies for running powers over lines

50 Railway crossings [Repealed]

51 Local authorities may contribute towards cost of railway bridge or subway [Repealed]

52 Lights, etc, liable to be confused with railway signals [Repealed]

53 Warning devices at level crossings [Repealed]

54 Traffic at level crossings [Repealed]

55 Rail traffic to have right of way [Repealed]

56 Employee may impound trespassing cattle

57 No railways to cross Corporation railways without consent [Repealed]

58 Gates and cattle stops [Repealed]

Part 6
Wellington to Johnsonville and Hutt Valley railways

[Repealed]

59 Application of this Part [Repealed]

60 Interpretation [Repealed]

61 Restriction upon the carrying on of passenger services [Repealed]

62 Offences [Repealed]

63 Corporation to carry on passenger services within prescribed area [Repealed]

64 Information for offences [Repealed]

65 Hutt Valley passenger services [Repealed]

Part 7
Staff administration

66 Appointment and dismissal of officers and employees of the Corporation

67 Salaries and conditions of employment [Repealed]

68 Application of State Services Conditions of Employment Act 1977 [Repealed]

69 Application of State Services Act 1962 [Repealed]

70 Labour Relations Act 1987 not to apply [Repealed]

71 Officers and employees of New Zealand Government Railways [Repealed]

72 Superannuation of officers and employees

73 Classification of Corporation [Repealed]

74 Right of workers to become members of service organisations [Repealed]

74A Preference to be obtained only by virtue of service organisation membership clause [Repealed]

74B Obligatory rules concerning service organisation membership clauses [Repealed]

74C Implementation of ballot where determinations contain service organisation membership clause [Repealed]

74D Implementation of ballot where determinations do not contain service organisation membership clause [Repealed]

74E Power to make consequential amendments to determination [Repealed]

74F Explanatory note in relation to expiry of service organisation membership clause [Repealed]

74G Insertion of service organisation membership clause in determination to which 2 or more service organisations are parties [Repealed]

74H Notice to Registrar [Repealed]

74I Conduct of ballot [Repealed]

74J Restriction on issue of certificates [Repealed]

74K Offences in relation to ballots [Repealed]

74L Applications for inquiries [Repealed]

74M Inquiries into ballots [Repealed]

74N Ballot papers, etc, to be preserved [Repealed]

74O Enforcement of service organisation membership clauses [Repealed]

74P Application for exemption from membership of service organisation [Repealed]

74Q Intervention by other service organisations or unions or central organisation of workers [Repealed]

74R Discrimination [Repealed]

74S Right to become member of service organisation [Repealed]

75 Method of appointment to Corporation [Repealed]

75A Appointment of officers under contract [Repealed]

76 Limiting power of making new appointments to Corporation [Repealed]

77 Officers may be transferred from State Services or education service to Railways Corporation [Repealed]

78 Power to reappoint employees of service organisations [Repealed]

79 Effective date of appointments [Repealed]

80 Annual determinations as to suitability for promotion [Repealed]

Apprentices

[Repealed]

81 Engagement of apprentices [Repealed]

82 Indentures of apprenticeship [Repealed]

83 Transfer of apprentices [Repealed]

84 Establishment of apprenticeship advisory committee [Repealed]

Promotions and transfers within Corporation

[Repealed]

85 Positions may be filled by transfer of members already in Corporation [Repealed]

86 Appointments to be provisional [Repealed]

87 Provisional appointment may at any time be cancelled by Corporation [Repealed]

88 Continuous review of classification and grading [Repealed]

89 Review of grading [Repealed]

90 Grading Committee [Repealed]

91 Successful application for review of grading [Repealed]

92 Railway employees responsible for damage [Repealed]

93 Penalties for breach of regulations or rules [Repealed]

Constitution of Appeal Board and rights of appeal

[Repealed]

94 Railways Corporation Appeal Board [Repealed]

95 Election of members of Appeal Board [Repealed]

96 Procedure as to appeals [Repealed]

97 Costs of appeals [Repealed]

98 Rights of appeal of members [Repealed]

98A Rights of appeal in respect of enterprise units and positions for which range of rates of remuneration is prescribed [Repealed]

99 Rights of appeal of temporary employees [Repealed]

100 Notice of appeal, jurisdiction, etc [Repealed]

101 Offence to attempt to influence improperly Appeal Board or any member thereof [Repealed]

102 Regulations [Repealed]

Part 8
New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society

[Repealed]

103 Interpretation [Repealed]

104 Constitution and membership of society [Repealed]

105 Functions of society [Repealed]

106 New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Board [Repealed]

107 Meetings of Welfare Board [Repealed]

108 Miscellaneous financial provisions [Repealed]

109 Contracts of Welfare Board [Repealed]

Part 9
Regulations, scales of charges, and codes of practice

Regulations

110 Regulations

111 Scales of charges

Codes of practice

112 Codes of practice

113 Codes of practice to be approved by Minister

114 Citation and proof of codes of practice

Part 10
General provisions

115 Offences

116 Penalties for damage to railways

117 Certificate by Corporation to be evidence of certain facts

118 Fees for preparation of documents, etc

119 Authorisation of reclamation

119A Application of certain transport Acts to Corporation

120 Repeals and amendments

Schedule 1
Appointments of officers

[Repealed]

Schedule 2
Wellington to Johnsonville and Hutt Valley railways

Schedule 3
Reclamation authorised

Schedule 4
Enactments repealed


An Act to establish a corporation to maintain, operate, and develop the services at present carried on by the New Zealand Government Railways Department and to consolidate and amend the law relating thereto

1 Short Title and commencement
  • (1) This Act may be cited as the New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981.

    (2) This Act shall come into force on 1 April 1982.

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

    approved urban transport scheme means an urban transport scheme approved in accordance with the Urban Transport Act 1980

    authorised representative, in relation to any service organisation, means a person authorised in accordance with the rules of the service organisation, or by its committee of management, to act on its behalf

    charges includes rates and fares

    common marine and coastal area has the same meaning as in section 9(1) of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

    conditions of employment

    • (a) includes rates of remuneration; and

    • (b) includes—

      • (i) all matters affecting the privileges, rights, and duties of service organisations or the officers of any service organisation; and

      • (ii) all matters affecting or relating to the preferential employment, or the non-employment, of any person or class of persons; but

    • (c) notwithstanding anything in paragraphs (a) and (b), does not include any matter relating to the compulsory membership of a service organisation by any person or any matter relating to the conferring on any person, by reason of that person's membership or non-membership of a service organisation, of—

      • (i) any preference on obtaining or retaining employment; or

      • (ii) any preference in relation to terms of employment or conditions of employment or fringe benefits or opportunities for training, promotion, or transfer; or

      • (iii) any preference in relation to the formula that will be used to assess compensation for redundancy

    Corporation means the New Zealand Railways Corporation as constituted under section 4

    Crown transferee company has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990

    Department means the New Zealand Government Railways Department as constituted by the Government Railways Act 1949

    director means a director of the Corporation appointed under section 4(2)

    employee means any person employed in the service of the Corporation, whether as a member or as an apprentice or on probation or temporarily but does not include any master, officer, or seaman who is employed pursuant to section 17

    General Manager means the General Manager of the Corporation appointed pursuant to section 9

    goods means goods, baggage, and chattels of any description; and includes animals and plants; and also includes money, documents, and all other things of value

    level crossing means any place where a railway line crosses a road on the level or where the public is permitted to cross a railway line on the level; and includes a bridge used for both railway and road traffic

    local authority means a local authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2002

    Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of any warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act

    notice means a statement conveying the general effect of a matter or thing done or intended to be done

    official circular means any circular issued by or under the direction of the Corporation, and includes any list printed under any regulations relating to the classification and pay of employees

    open railway means any railway line open for traffic at or after the commencement of this Act

    person includes a corporation sole and also a body of persons, whether incorporated or not

    prescribed means prescribed by this Act, or by regulations or scales of charges made under this Act

    public notice means a notice published in some newspaper circulating in the locality in which the subject matter of the notice arises or to which it relates, or posted in some conspicuous place in any goods office, on any goods shed, or on any railway station in that locality

    publicly notified means notified by public notice

    railway includes—

    • (a) all land belonging to the Crown, or forming part of any public reserve within the meaning of the Reserves Act 1977 or forming part of the common marine and coastal area, upon which any Corporation railway is constructed, or which is or is reputed to be held or used in connection with or for the purposes of the Corporation, and all land which is under the control of the Corporation or which is held by the Corporation or under lease, licence, or otherwise for the purposes of the Corporation; and

    • (b) all buildings, erections, wharves, jetties, works, rolling stock, motor vehicles, vessels, plant, machinery, goods, chattels, and other fixed or movable property of every description or kind belonging to the Corporation and situate on any such land or held or used, or reputed to be held or used, in connection with or for the purposes of the Corporation

    railway line means any set of rails; and includes the area within 3 metres of a line drawn midway between those rails

    railway operator has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990

    station includes any bus terminal, officered railway station, flag station, platform, stopping place, or crossing-siding, and also includes the area within the station limits as defined by the Corporation

    ticket includes any ticket, document, medallion, or pass issued by the Corporation or its agents in connection with the use of any railway

    transferee company has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990.

    (2) In relation to any ballot provided for in the rules set out in section 74B(1), appropriate financial members of the service organisation means the financial members of the service organisation who are bound by a determination made under the State Services Conditions of Employment Act 1977 (as applied by Part 7 of this Act) or any other Act (being a determination by which members of the service organisation are bound).

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 2; 1971 No 41 s 2(2)(a); 1972 No 64 s 3(a); 1973 No 65 s 2(1)(a); 1979 No 59 s 8(3)

    Section 2(1) apprentice: repealed, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) authorised representative: inserted, on 1 July 1985, by section 2(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 105).

    Section 2(1) common marine and coastal area: inserted, on 1 April 2011, by section 128 of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (2011 No 3).

    Section 2(1) conditions of employment: inserted, on 1 July 1985, by section 2(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 105).

    Section 2(1) Crown transferee company: inserted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) local authority: substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 2(1) master: repealed, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) member: repealed, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) Minister: substituted, on 6 August 2010, by section 4 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 2(1) officer: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(a) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

    Section 2(1) promotion: repealed, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) railway paragraph (a): amended, on 1 April 2011, by section 128 of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (2011 No 3).

    Section 2(1) railway operator: inserted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) service organisation: repealed, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) service organisation membership clause: repealed, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) society of workers or association of workers or organisation of workers: repealed, on 1 July 1985, by section 2(4) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 105).

    Section 2(1) transferee company: inserted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(1) Union Membership Exemption Tribunal: repealed, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 2(2): added, on 1 July 1985, by section 2(6) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 105).

Part 1
New Zealand Railways Corporation

3 Minister of Railways
  • [Repealed]

    Section 3: repealed, on 6 August 2010, by section 5(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

3A Relationship to Resource Management Act 1991
  • The Corporation shall not be an instrument of the Executive Government of New Zealand for the purposes of the Resource Management Act 1991.

    Section 3A: inserted, on 1 October 1991, by section 362 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (1991 No 69).

4 New Zealand Railways Corporation
  • (1) There shall be a Corporation to be called the New Zealand Railways Corporation, which shall be an instrument of the Executive Government of New Zealand.

    (2) The Corporation shall consist of not more than 9 directors appointed by the Minister.

    (3) The Minister shall appoint one of the directors to be chairperson of the Corporation, and may appoint any other director to be deputy chairperson of the Corporation.

    (4) Subject to this section, every director shall be appointed for a term not exceeding 3 years, and may from time to time be reappointed.

    (5) Any director may at any time resign from office by written notice given to the Minister.

    (6) The Minister and the Minister of Finance may jointly, at any time and entirely at their discretion, remove any director from office.

    (7) The deputy chairperson has and may exercise all the functions and powers of the chairperson if the chairperson is absent or otherwise unable to act.

    (8) The powers of the Corporation shall not be affected by any vacancy in its membership.

    (9) No person shall be deemed to be employed in the Government service for the purposes of the Government Superannuation Fund Act 1956, or in the State services for the purposes of the State Sector Act 1988, by reason only of his being a director of the Corporation.

    (10) The Corporation shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and, subject to this Act, is capable of acquiring, holding, and disposing of real and personal property, and of suing and being sued, and of doing and suffering all other acts and things that bodies corporate may do and suffer.

    (11) No company or other body shall be incorporated or registered under any Act or otherwise with a name that is identical with the name of the Corporation or that, in the opinion of the Registrar of Companies, so nearly resembles that name as to be likely to deceive.

    Section 4(2): substituted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 4(2): amended, on 25 February 2012, by section 4 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 15).

    Section 4(3): substituted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 4(3): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 6(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 4(6): substituted, on 6 August 2010, by section 6(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 4(7): substituted, on 6 August 2010, by section 6(3) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 4(9): amended, on 1 April 1988, pursuant to section 90(a) of the State Sector Act 1988 (1988 No 20).

5 Transfer of property contracts and liabilities to Corporation
  • (1) All real property or interests in land vested in or held or occupied by the Crown for railway purposes immediately before the date of commencement of this Act shall, on that date, be occupied, and used by the Corporation for railway purposes, subject to any leases, rights, easements, and interests subsisting in respect of that land.

    (2) All personal property, and rights or privileges relating thereto, vested in or held on behalf of the Crown for the purposes of or in connection with any Government railway carried on by the Minister under the Government Railways Act 1949 immediately before the date of the commencement of this Act shall, on that date, be vested in or held by the Corporation for the purposes of or in connection with any Corporation railway, subject to all interests, liabilities, charges, obligations, and trusts subsisting in respect of that property, and those rights or privileges.

    (3) All the contracts, debts, engagements, and liabilities of the Department immediately before the date of the commencement of this Act shall, on that date, become the contracts, debts, engagements, and liabilities of the Corporation.

    (4) All money payable to the Department shall, on the commencement of this Act, become payable to the Corporation.

    (5) The registrar of any property which is transferable only in books kept by a company or other body or in a manner directed by or under any Act shall on written application under the seal of the Corporation register it as the holder of any such property that is vested in it under this section.

    (6) All proceedings pending by or against the Crown in respect of any activity carried on by the Minister under the Government Railways Act 1949 shall be carried on by or against the Corporation.

6 Meetings of directors
  • (1) The first meeting of the directors after the commencement of this Act shall be held on a day to be appointed by the Minister.

    (2) Subsequent meetings of the directors shall be held at such times and places as the directors from time to time appoint.

    (3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), the chairperson, or a majority of the directors, may call a meeting of the directors.

    (4) At all meetings of the directors, a majority in number of the directors holding office shall constitute a quorum.

    (5) The chairperson shall preside at every meeting of the directors at which he or she is present.

    (6) If the chairperson and deputy chairperson are absent from any meeting the directors present shall appoint one of their number to preside at that meeting.

    (7) Every question before a meeting shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the directors present at the meeting.

    (8) On every question before a meeting, the person presiding shall have a deliberative vote, and, in the case of an equality of votes, he shall also have a casting vote.

    Section 6(3): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 7(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 6(4): substituted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 6(5): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 7(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 6(5): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 7(3) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 6(6): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 7(4) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

7 Disclosure of interests
  • (1) Any director who, otherwise than as a director, is directly or indirectly interested in any agreement made or entered into, or proposed to be made or entered into, by the Corporation shall, as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Corporation.

    (2) A disclosure under this section shall be recorded in the minutes of the Corporation, and, except as otherwise provided by resolution of the Corporation, the director—

    • (a) shall not take part or be present after the disclosure in any deliberation or decision of the Corporation relating to the agreement; and

    • (b) shall be disregarded for the purpose of forming a quorum of the Corporation for any deliberation or decision.

7A Indemnification and insurance
  • (1) The Corporation may indemnify any director or employee, but only in respect of—

    • (a) liability for conduct that comprises acts or omissions by the director or employee in good faith and in the performance or intended performance of the Corporation's functions; and

    • (b) any costs incurred in defending or settling any claim or proceeding relating to liability for such conduct.

    (2) The Corporation may effect insurance cover for any director or employee, but only in respect of acts or omissions by the director or employee in good faith and in the performance or intended performance of the Corporation's functions.

    Compare: 2004 No 115 ss 122, 123

    Section 7A: inserted, on 6 August 2010, by section 8 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

8 Corporation procedure
  • Subject to sections 4, 6, and 7, the Corporation may regulate its own procedure as it thinks fit.

9 General Manager of Corporation
  • (1) The Corporation shall appoint, as an officer of the Corporation, a General Manager, who shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and shall be responsible to it for the safe, efficient, and effective administration of its functions and the supervision of its staff employed pursuant to section 17 and its officers and employees:

    provided that the first General Manager of the Corporation shall be the General Manager of Railways appointed under section 5 of the Government Railways Act 1949.

    (2) The General Manager, until such time as a formal delegation of its powers and functions is made by the Corporation, shall have all the functions and powers of the Corporation.

    (3) On the occurrence from any cause of a vacancy in the office of General Manager (whether by reason of death or resignation or otherwise), or if the General Manager is absent from duty or from his headquarters for any reason whatever, the functions, duties, and powers of the General Manager may be exercised and performed by any person authorised in that behalf by the Corporation.

    (4) The fact that any person exercises or performs any function, duty, or power of the General Manager with the concurrence of the Corporation shall be conclusive evidence of his authority to do so.

    (5) For the purposes of subsection (3) the functions and powers of the General Manager shall be deemed to include such of the powers of the Corporation as the General Manager may for the time being be authorised to exercise pursuant to a delegation under section 10.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 5; 1956 No 55 s 10

10 Delegation of functions and powers
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time appoint a committee comprising 2 or more directors of the Corporation, and may from time to time delegate to any such committee any of the functions or powers of the Corporation, other than the power of delegation conferred by this subsection or under subsection (2).

    (2) The Corporation may from time to time delegate to any director or to the General Manager of the Corporation any of its functions and powers, other than the power of delegation conferred by this subsection.

    (3) Subject to any instructions given in that behalf by the Corporation, the General Manager may from time to time delegate to any other officer or employee of the Corporation any of his functions and powers, except his power of delegation conferred by this subsection.

    (4) Subject to any general or specific directions given or conditions imposed by the Corporation or, as the case may require, by the General Manager, the committee or person to whom any function or power is delegated under this section may exercise that function or power in the same manner and with the same effect as if it had been conferred on it or him directly by this Act.

    (5) Every committee or person purporting to act pursuant to any delegation under this section shall be presumed to be acting in accordance with the terms of the delegation, in the absence of proof to the contrary.

    (6) Any delegation under subsection (3) may be made to a specified person or to persons of a specified class, or may be made to the holder for the time being of a specified office or appointment, or to the holders of offices or appointments of a specified class.

    (7) Any delegation made under this section may be revoked at any time.

    (8) No delegation of any function or power under this section shall prevent the exercise of that function or power by the Corporation or, as the case may require, by the General Manager.

    (9) Any delegation under this section shall, until revoked, continue in force according to its tenor, notwithstanding that the person by whom it was made may have ceased to hold office, and shall continue to have effect as if made by the person for the time being holding the same office; and in the event of the holder of a specified office to whom any such delegation has been made ceasing to hold office the delegation shall continue to have effect as if made to the person for the time being holding that office.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 ss 6, 7; 1956 No 55 ss 11, 12

10A Directions to carry out functions and exercise powers of Corporation
  • (1) The Minister may, from time to time, by notice in writing, direct that a person or persons specified in the notice shall carry out the functions and exercise the powers of the Corporation or any of its officers under this Act specified in the notice.

    (2) Subject to any general or specific directions given or imposed by the Minister, a person to whom a direction is given may exercise that function or power in the same manner and to the same extent as if it had been conferred on that person directly by this Act.

    (3) Every person acting pursuant to a direction under this section shall be presumed to be acting in accordance with the direction in the absence of proof to the contrary.

    (4) A direction under this section may be given to the holder of a specified office or appointment or to the holders of offices or appointments of a specified class.

    (5) A direction made under this section may be revoked at any time.

    (6) No direction as to the exercise of any function or power under this section shall prevent the exercise of that function or power by the Corporation.

    (7) A direction under this section shall, until revoked, continue in force according to its tenor and, in the event of the holder of a specified office to whom the direction has been given ceasing to hold office, the direction shall continue to have effect as if made to the person for the time being holding that office.

    Section 10A: inserted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

11 Remuneration of directors
  • (1) There shall be paid to the directors of the Corporation, remuneration by way of fees, travelling allowances, and expenses as may be approved from time to time by the Minister of Finance.

    (2) [Repealed]

    Section 11(2): repealed (with effect on 1 July 1989), on 26 July 1989, by section 86(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

Part 2
Functions and powers of Corporation

12 Functions of Corporation
  • (1) The functions of the Corporation shall be—

    • (a) to establish, maintain, and operate, or otherwise arrange for, safe and efficient rail freight and passenger transport services within New Zealand:

    • (b) to establish, maintain, and operate, or otherwise arrange for, safe and efficient road passenger and freight transport services within New Zealand:

    • (c) to establish, maintain, and operate, or otherwise arrange for, a safe and efficient ferry service for freight, including the carriage of passengers and vehicles between the North and South Islands:

    • (d) to provide or otherwise arrange for those ancillary services which, in the opinion of the Corporation, are necessary for it to efficiently carry out its functions:

    • (e) to endeavour to carry on the operations of the Corporation in such a way that revenue exceeds costs, including interest and depreciation; and to provide for a return on capital that may be specified from time to time by the Minister of Finance.

    (2) The Corporation shall also have such other functions, powers, and duties in relation to the Corporation's activities as are conferred or imposed on the Corporation by this or any other enactment.

13 Powers of Corporation
  • (1) The Corporation shall have all the powers that are reasonably necessary or expedient to enable it to carry out its functions.

    (2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1) the Corporation may from time to time for the purposes of carrying out its functions do all or any of the things provided for in this Act, subject to the limitations provided therein.

14 Power to alter operations and services
  • (1) Subject to this Act the Corporation may from time to time alter, cease, withdraw from, reduce, increase, or expand any service or operation provided or undertaken by it in the exercise of its functions and powers:

    provided that the Corporation shall adhere to the provisions of any approved urban transport scheme.

    (2) The Corporation shall comply with any directions that may be given by the Minister in writing in respect of the provision or curtailment of any passenger services by the Corporation.

    (3) No Corporation railway line open for traffic on or after the commencement of this Act shall be closed to traffic without the approval of the Minister:

    provided that this subsection shall not apply in respect of any siding, crossing loop, or marshalling yard.

    (4) The Corporation shall not undertake any substantial new activity, whether or not that activity is specifically authorised under this Act and whether or not that activity relates to operations or services already being carried on by the Corporation, without first obtaining the approval of the Minister.

    (5) The Corporation shall not cease, or withdraw from, or considerably reduce any substantial service, operation, or activity without first obtaining the approval of the Minister.

    (6) A copy of every direction given; and details of any approval given or declined by the Minister to the Corporation under this section in any financial year shall be included in the annual report of the Corporation for that year laid before Parliament under section 43(4).

15 Financial contributions
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time for the purposes of carrying out its functions enter into arrangements with the Crown, and agreements with any local authority, or any person whatsoever in respect of financial contributions towards the costs of carrying on any service or activity by the Corporation.

    (2) In any case where, by virtue of the proviso to section 14(1), the effect of any urban transport scheme is to—

    • (a) prohibit the continuation of an existing rail passenger service; or

    • (b) alter, in such a way as to adversely affect the Corporation, the conditions under which an existing rail passenger service may be carried on,—

    the regional council that prepared the scheme shall give the Corporation such assistance, including financial assistance, as the regional council considers appropriate to alleviate the effect of the scheme on the Corporation.

    (3) Where—

    • (a) the Corporation is required to provide any service under section 14(2); or

    • (b) the approval of the Minister is withheld under section 14(3) or 14(5); or

    • (c) the Corporation provides any service or activity that does not generate sufficient revenue to cover all costs associated with the service or activity,—

    the Corporation shall be entitled to such contribution from the Crown as shall be determined by the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Transport in consultation with the Minister and the Corporation.

    (4) Any contribution payable under subsection (3) shall be payable out of money appropriated by Parliament for the purpose.

    Section 15(2): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

    Section 15(3): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 5(2)(a) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

16 Carriage of passengers and goods otherwise than by rail
  • (1) Section 12(1)(d) shall authorise the Corporation to arrange for the carriage of passengers and of goods by aircraft maintained and operated by any authority or person for the time being authorised to operate in New Zealand any service for the carriage by aircraft of passengers or of goods.

    (2) With respect to the carriage of passengers or goods otherwise than by rail, the Corporation shall have the same powers and (except as may be otherwise provided by contract or by notice published in the Gazette) the same liabilities, obligations, rights, and protection as it has in the case of the carriage of passengers and goods by railway.

    (3) The provisions of this Act and any regulations under this Act shall be read subject to the provisions of any Act for the time being in force and binding on the Corporation relating to the licensing or control of services for the carriage of passengers or goods.

    (4) Every continuous goods service licence or continuous passenger service licence, issued pursuant to the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989, held by or on behalf of the Minister at the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to be held by or on behalf of the Corporation.

    (5) The Corporation shall obtain the approval of the Minister before any application is made by it for any licence to be issued under the Land Transport Act 1998:

    provided that this subsection shall not apply in respect of licences for road services that are ancillary to rail services or with respect to any temporary licence.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 13

    Section 16(4): amended, on 1 March 1999, by section 215(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998 (1998 No 110).

    Section 16(5): amended, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(6) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

17 Carriage of passengers and goods by water
  • (1) The powers conferred on the Corporation under section 12(1)(c) shall include the power—

    • (a) to employ such masters of ships, officers, and seamen as the Corporation considers necessary or expedient for the purpose:

    • (b) to enter into any agreement under the Labour Relations Act 1987 with any union or association of workers registered under that Act and employed in connection with the carriage of passengers or goods by water, and to be a party to any conciliation proceedings under that Act, and to be bound by any award or agreement made under that Act to which any such union or association is a party:

    • (c) to enter into any agreement with any individual workers or any society of workers employed in connection with such carriage of passengers or goods by water who are not bound by any such award or agreement or covered by the membership rule of a union registered under the Labour Relations Act 1987.

    (2) Nothing in Part 7, or in the State Services Conditions of Employment Act 1977, shall apply with respect to any master, officer, or seaman who is employed pursuant to this section, or with respect to any application for such employment made by any employee to whom the said Part 7 applies.

    (3) [Repealed]

    (4) The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, make regulations not inconsistent with the Shipping and Seamen Act 1952 for all or any of the following purposes:

    • (a) determining the manner in which and the terms and conditions on which applicants for employment under this section may enter the service of the Corporation:

    • (b) prescribing the respective duties to be performed by persons employed under this section and the discipline to be observed in the performance of those duties:

    • (c) providing how and by whom charges of inefficiency or misconduct may be made against any person employed under this section:

    • (d) prescribing penalties for breaches of the regulations, not exceeding a fine of $20:

    • (e) generally providing for any matters that may be necessary in order to give full effect to this section.

    (5) All persons employed under this section shall in the performance of their duties observe instructions issued from time to time by the Corporation with respect to those duties.

    (6) In this section the terms master, officer, and seaman have the same meanings as in the Shipping and Seamen Act 1952.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 13B; 1971 No 41

    Section 17(1)(b): substituted, on 1 August 1987, by section 3(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 80).

    Section 17(1)(c): substituted, on 1 August 1987, by section 3(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 80).

    Section 17(2): substituted, on 1 August 1987, by section 3(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 80).

    Section 17(3): repealed, on 1 August 1987, by section 3(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 80).

18 Carriage of goods
  • (1) The provisions of the Carriage of Goods Act 1979, so far as they are applicable, shall apply with respect to the receipt, custody, carriage, and delivery of goods under this Act, and, in respect of such matters, the provisions of this Act shall be read subject to the provisions of that Act.

    (2) Nothing in subsection (1) shall limit or affect subsections (8) and (9) or section 20.

    (3) All goods received by the Corporation shall, subject to any conditions or regulations in that behalf, be deemed to be in the custody of the Corporation until delivered to the consignee.

    (4) No person shall be entitled to recover from the Corporation or any employee, or from any agent of the Corporation for the purposes of this Act, for any loss of or damage to or in connection with any goods any greater amount than that provided for in the Carriage of Goods Act 1979.

    (5) When any goods have been received by the Corporation for carriage, and the time during which the goods may, in accordance with any contract or under any terms and conditions imposed by the Corporation under section 111, remain on the premises of the Corporation has expired, then, notwithstanding anything in this Act, the Corporation shall be responsible only as a warehouseman for any loss of or damage to the goods that may occur between the time of the expiry and the time of their removal by the consignee or owner of the goods:

    provided that nothing in this Act shall impose on the Corporation any liability in respect of the goods left on the premises of the Corporation if, by virtue of any such terms and conditions, they are so left, or deemed to be so left, at the risk of the person leaving them.

    (6) The Corporation may make special agreements with any person for insuring any goods delivered upon the railway against all loss or damage from any cause whatever or for insuring the Corporation against all liability in respect of any such loss or damage; and, for the purposes of the premiums in respect of any such insurance, may increase or diminish the charges payable on the goods.

    (7) The Corporation may enter into any kind of contract for the carriage of goods described in section 8 of the Carriage of Goods Act 1979.

    (8) Every person who makes or procures to be made any false statement in regard to any goods delivered upon the railway (whether in respect of their nature, quantity, weight, measurement, value, or otherwise howsoever) in any consignment note, waybill, or other document delivered in respect of those goods, commits an offence and shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

    (9) If in any such document there is any understatement of the quantity, weight, measurement, or value of the goods, or any misdescription of their nature, which if undetected might lead to their being charged for at less than the proper rate, then, in lieu of charges at the ordinary rate, and irrespective of any person's liability under the last preceding subsection, and whether the understatement or misdescription is wilful or not, charges at a special rate to be fixed by the Corporation, not exceeding double the ordinary rate on the whole consignment, shall be payable in respect of the goods.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 ss 23, 25; 1979 No 43 s 31(1)

    Section 18(8): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

19 Conveyance of hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • [Repealed]

    Section 19: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

20 Power to sell goods left by unknown owner
  • (1) If any goods are left on railway premises and the owner thereof or the person liable for the charges thereon is not known, the Corporation may cause it to be publicly notified that, unless in the meantime they are removed and the charges thereon paid, they will be sold upon a day named in the notice, being not less than 1 month from the publication thereof.

    (2) If the goods are not removed and the charges thereon paid before that day, they may be sold in terms of the notice.

    (3) The balance of the proceeds of any such sale, after paying the charges and expenses as specified in the last preceding section, shall be paid into any bank account opened by the Corporation, and shall be paid by the Corporation to any person establishing a lawful claim thereto within 1 year of the date of the sale.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 18

21 Power to act as agent of consignor of any goods to collect the price thereof
  • (1) The Corporation may act as the agent of the consignor of any goods to collect from the consignee the price of those goods, and to give a valid discharge in respect thereof.

    (2) The terms of any such contract of agency under this section shall be as agreed between the parties, or, in the absence of any special agreement, shall be in accordance with conditions published by the Corporation in the Gazette.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 16

22 Power to retain goods received for conveyance if subject to unpaid Customs duties
  • (1) When any goods have been received for conveyance upon a railway, and the consignee or owner has not complied with all the provisions of any law relating to the charge or collection of duties by the New Zealand Customs Service established by the Customs and Excise Act 1996, or has not paid all charges incurred by the Corporation on account of the goods that have accrued upon or prior to receipt of the goods by the Corporation, or if the goods are held awaiting the consignor's order to deliver, they may all be held and detained by the Corporation until all such provisions are complied with, and all such charges (if any) are paid, and the consignor's order to deliver (if necessary) is given.

    (2) During the time the goods are so held and detained the Corporation shall be responsible only as a warehouseman in respect of any loss or damage that may occur thereto.

    (3) The powers by this section conferred upon the Corporation shall not affect the powers vested in it by section 20.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 19

    Section 22(1): amended, on 1 October 1996, pursuant to section 294(1) of the Customs and Excise Act 1996 (1996 No 27).

23 Power to produce, sell, hire, and operate
  • The Corporation may from time to time do any of the following things:

    • (a) establish, maintain, and operate or otherwise arrange for the operation of metal and gravel producing works:

    • (b) undertake the production and sale of advertising or advertising space in any form whatever:

    • (c) act as the agent of any travel operator, whether within or outside New Zealand, in respect of the sale of any ticket, reservation, or travel arrangement whatever:

    • (d) establish, maintain, and operate or otherwise arrange for the operation of engineering and mechanical workshops and any other works which produce materials, goods, or services required by the Corporation:

    • (e) acquire, hire, or lease, or let on hire or lease any materials, machinery, or equipment, including locomotives, wagons, vessels, and vehicles of all descriptions which may be used in connection with the Corporation's operations and services, whether by the Corporation or any other person:

    • (f) enter into contracts or joint ventures for the supply or execution of works, the provision of labour, or the marketing of materials, goods, equipment or services (whether for sale, hire purchase, or hire), whether or not they are systems, products, by-products, or manufactures of any branch of the Corporation.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 14

24 Power in relation to property
  • Subject to this Act, the Corporation may from time to time for the purposes of carrying out its functions and exercising its powers do all or any of the following things—

    • (a) occupy, use, manage, and receive any revenues from, and dispose of and receive the proceeds of, the disposal of any property vested in or held or occupied by the Crown for railway purposes without any authority other than this paragraph:

      provided that this paragraph shall not apply to the disposal of any public reserve within the meaning of the Reserves Act 1977:

      provided also that no land shall be disposed of by way of sale, conveyance, transfer, or assignment without the prior written consent of the Minister, who shall have due regard to the future development of the railways:

    • (ab) occupy, use, or manage any railway that is located in the common marine and coastal area:

    • (b) purchase, take on lease, be granted, accept, or otherwise acquire any property, either by agreement or subject to section 30, compulsorily, whether by or on behalf of the Crown, or on its own behalf and to acquire in its own name without further payment any property vested in or held or occupied by the Crown for railway purposes:

    • (c) hold, furnish, equip, develop, improve, alter, extend, repair, and maintain any property:

    • (d) subdivide any land, whether by or on behalf of the Crown or on its own behalf and plan, design, construct, and provide buildings, facilities, amenities, works, and services on any land:

    • (e) enter into covenants or agreements in respect of any property:

    • (f) administer, manage, and control any property:

    • (g) except as otherwise provided in this or any other Act, sell, exchange, convey, transfer, assign, lease, dispose of, turn to account, or otherwise deal with any property:

    • (h) mortgage or otherwise charge any property held in its own name:

    • (i) except as otherwise provided in this or any other Act, generally exercise any rights or undertake any liabilities in respect of any property that could be carried on, exercised, or undertaken by any individual owning such property.

    Section 24(ab): inserted, on 1 April 2011, by section 128 of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (2011 No 3).

25 Acquisition and disposal of shares, stock, or interest in company or business
  • (1) The Corporation may, from time to time, with the approval of the Minister of Finance, subscribe for or otherwise acquire shares, stocks, debentures, or any interest in any company, body corporate, organisation, or business.

    (2) The Corporation or any person authorised in that behalf by it may from time to time exercise on behalf of the Corporation all or any of the rights and powers of the Corporation as the holder of any shares, stock, debentures, or interest specified in subsection (1).

    (3) The Corporation may sell or otherwise dispose of any shares, stock, debentures, or interest specified in subsection (1) in such manner and on such terms as it thinks fit.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 13C; 1974 No 38 s 2

26 Power to purchase and authorise sale of liquor on railway
  • [Repealed]

    Section 26: repealed, on 1 April 1990, by section 230(1) of the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 (1989 No 63).

27 Food and entertainment licences under Sale of Liquor Act in respect of railway restaurants
  • [Repealed]

    Section 27: repealed, on 1 April 1990, by section 230(1) of the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 (1989 No 63).

28 Disposal of railways
  • (1) In this section, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    company means a company or any other body incorporated in New Zealand or elsewhere, and having authority by virtue of its memorandum of association or otherwise to acquire and work any railway in accordance with this section

    railway includes any defined portion of a railway.

    (2) Where the operation of any railway has ceased, the Corporation may with the approval of the Minister sell or otherwise dispose of that railway to any company willing to take and work the same, and may in like manner sell or dispose of any other property of the Corporation held in respect of that railway.

    (3) In making any disposition under subsection (2), the Corporation may impose such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, including conditions as to the working and maintenance of the railway, and it shall not be lawful for the company to work the railway save in accordance with the conditions so imposed.

    (4) Where work in connection with the construction of any railway has been suspended or abandoned the Corporation may, with the approval of the Minister, by sale, lease, or otherwise, dispose of the same and of all or any property of the Corporation held in connection therewith to any company willing to complete the construction and thereafter to work the railway.

    (5) In making any disposition under subsection (4), the Corporation may impose such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, including conditions as to the completion of the work of construction and as to the working and maintenance of the railway on the completion thereof, and it shall not be lawful for the company to undertake the work or to work or maintain the railway save in accordance with the conditions so imposed.

    (6) The Corporation may require any such company as aforesaid to find good and sufficient security for the due performance of any conditions imposed under this section to such amount as the Corporation directs.

    (7) The powers conferred by this section are in addition to and not in substitution for any other powers as to the disposal of Corporation railways conferred by this or any other Act, and nothing in this Act or in any other Act imposing any restrictions on the sale or other disposal of property of the Corporation or of the Crown shall have any application to or in any way restrict the exercise of any of the powers conferred by this section.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 60

29 Powers of Corporation as to use of railways, wharves, etc
  • The Corporation may from time to time enter into any agreement or contract with any person for all or any of the following things:

    • (a) providing that the person may, for such term as the Corporation thinks fit, use any works, buildings, wharves, and jetties constructed and used for the purposes of the Corporation:

    • (b) providing that the Corporation or any person authorised by the Corporation may use any works, buildings, wharves, and jetties belonging to any such person:

    • (c) for laying down any tramway or line of rails in or upon any wharf, quay, or dock, or upon any land vested in any such person, for the conveyance of goods and passengers to and from a railway:

    • (d) for the use of cranes, hoists, weighing and other machines, weights and measures, conveniences, or appliances belonging to any such person:

    • (e) for the use by any such person of cranes, hoists, weighing and other machines, weights and measures, conveniences, or appliances used for the purposes of the Corporation:

    • (f) for the charges to be payable for services performed by or on behalf of any person:

    • (g) for the collection of the charges and for payment of the charges to any person with whom that agreement is made:

    • (h) as to the payment to be made by the one party to the other party of such charges as may be fixed, the time and mode of payment, and the keeping of accounts between the parties:

    • (i) generally for the settlement of such terms and conditions as may be necessary to give effect to the foregoing provisions.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 54; 1971 No 41 s 6

30 Powers of Minister and Corporation under Public Works Act 1981
  • (1) The powers and duties conferred and imposed on the Minister of Lands in respect of the compulsory acquisition of land by the Public Works Act 1981 are, so far as they are applicable and with any necessary modifications, hereby conferred and imposed on the Minister in respect of all matters and works under the control of, or being carried out by, the Corporation.

    (2) The powers and duties conferred and imposed on—

    • (a) the Minister of Lands under any provision of the Public Works Act 1981 (other than the powers and duties conferred and imposed on that Minister in respect of the compulsory acquisition of land); and

    • (b) the Minister of Transport under any provision of that Act (other than the powers and duties conferred and imposed on that Minister in respect of motorways and limited access roads); and

    • (c) any Minister of the Crown under any provision of that Act; and

    • (d) any chief executive under any provision of that Act—

    are hereby conferred and imposed on the Corporation in respect of all matters and works under the control of, or being carried out by, the Corporation.

    (3) The powers and duties conferred and imposed on the Minister and the Corporation by this section shall not in any way limit or interfere with the powers and duties conferred on any Minister of the Crown or on any chief executive under the Public Works Act 1981.

    Section 30: substituted, on 1 April 1988, by section 2 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 76).

    Section 30 heading: amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 5(3) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

31 Power to protect railway
  • (1) Without in any way limiting the powers conferred upon the Minister of Transport by section 166 of the Public Works Act 1981, it is hereby declared that either the Corporation or the Minister of Transport, for the purpose of protecting any Corporation railway, or preventing or lessening any risk of damage thereto, may from time to time construct, maintain, alter, or reconstruct any embankment, groyne, or other protective work on any land or on the bank of any river or stream, or divert, impound, or take away any part or the whole of the water of any river or stream, or alter the course of any river or stream; and may also discontinue or abandon any such work as and when it or he thinks fit.

    (2) The Corporation may, by notice in writing, require the occupier or, where there is no occupier, the owner of any land abutting upon a railway to do any of the following acts:

    • (a) to remove, lower, or trim to the satisfaction of the Corporation any tree or hedge where, in the opinion of the Corporation, the removal, lowering, or trimming is necessary in order to prevent injury to the railway or obstruction to the traffic thereon or to any channel, ditch, or drain appertaining thereto:

    • (b) to remove, lower, or trim to the satisfaction of the Corporation any tree or hedge, or to lower any fence or wall, if in the opinion of the Corporation, the tree, hedge, fence, or wall is likely, by reason of its obstructing the view, to cause danger to the traffic on that or any other railway.

    (3) Within 10 days after service of the notice the occupier or owner may apply to a District Court for an order setting aside the notice.

    (4) On the hearing of the application, the court, whose decision shall be final, shall determine whether the notice should or should not be set aside, and in the former case the notice shall be deemed to be void.

    (5) In the case of a notice which is not set aside, if the occupier or owner fails to do any such act in compliance therewith within 1 month after the service thereof, or, where the application has been heard, within 1 month after the giving of the decision of the court, the Corporation may enter on the land and do that act and recover the cost from him.

    (5A) Any person entering on any land on behalf of the Corporation pursuant to this section shall carry identification and produce it on initial entry and, if requested, at any subsequent time.

    (6) The said cost shall be a charge upon the land.

    (7) Except with the written consent of the Corporation or of the Minister of Transport, it shall not be lawful for any local authority, or for any person other than the Corporation or the Minister of Transport, to exercise upon any railway land any of the powers conferred by this section upon the Corporation or the Minister of Transport.

    (8) All claims for compensation in respect of the exercise of any of the powers conferred by this section shall, unless settled by agreement, be determined in the manner provided by the Public Works Act 1981, and the provisions of that Act relating to compensation shall, so far as they are applicable and with any necessary modifications, apply accordingly.

    (9) Nothing in this section shall derogate from the provisions of Part 3 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 11; 1959 No 66 s 2

    Section 31(1): amended, on 1 April 1988, by section 3 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 76).

    Section 31(5A): inserted, on 16 December 1983, by section 2 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act (No 2) 1983 (1983 No 127).

    Section 31(7): amended, on 1 April 1988, by section 3 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 76).

    Section 31(9): added, on 1 October 1991, by section 362 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (1991 No 69).

31A Railway drains
  • [Repealed]

    Section 31A: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

32 Certificates of title for railway land
  • (1) Where any land has become vested in the Crown or the Corporation for railway purposes so that the fee simple estate and all other estates and interests therein of any person other than the Crown are extinguished, the District Land Registrar, on the completion of such surveys (if any) as may be necessary shall, at the request of the Corporation, issue a certificate of title for the estate in the land or part of the land specified in the request in the name of either the Crown or the Corporation, and that certificate of title shall include a reference to the purposes for which the land is held.

    (2) Any instrument which relates to the land in any such certificate of title and is duly executed by a person having the necessary authority under this Act may thereafter be registered in accordance with the Land Transfer Act 1952.

    (3) Any certificate of title issued before the commencement of this section in the name of the Crown and any instrument which is duly executed by a person having the necessary authority under this Act or under the corresponding provisions of any former Act and which relates to the land in any such certificate of title shall be deemed to have been lawfully issued or executed.

    (4) Any land declared by section 26 or section 37 of the Public Works Act 1981 to be vested in the Crown in fee simple shall for the purposes of this section be deemed to be vested in the Crown so that the fee simple therein is extinguished.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 46A; 1950 No 71 s 2

    Section 32(1): amended, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

33 Lands and buildings may be leased
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time let on lease, upon such conditions and for such term, subject to this section, as it thinks fit—

    • (a) any railway land for sites for storing goods, or for erecting buildings, or for such other purposes as may be approved by it:

    • (b) any railway buildings, workshops, or other erections:

    • (c) any land or buildings for the sale of refreshments, books, or other articles:

    • (d) the use of structures erected on land, or of any part of the rolling stock, for the display of advertisements thereon.

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a) the expression land includes, whether together with or separately from the surface of the land,—

    • (a) the whole or any portion of the airspace above the land:

    • (b) the whole or any portion of the subsoil.

    (3) The letting may be by private contract, or by public tender, or by public auction, or by public application at fixed rentals, or pursuant to a licence granted under section 34:

    provided that the letting may be by private contract in the following cases only:

    • (a) where the lease is for a term not exceeding 2 years without right of renewal; or

    • (b) where the rent payable under the lease is not less than an annual rent fixed by a valuation made by a registered valuer; or

    • (c) where paragraph (a) does not apply and the Corporation considers that it would be impracticable or unreasonable to obtain a valuation for the purposes of paragraph (b).

    (4) The lease may be for a term not exceeding 21 years with or without a right of renewal, perpetual or otherwise, for the same or any other shorter term:

    provided that where the lease is in respect of any property to which paragraph (c) or paragraph (d) of subsection (1) applies, the term of the lease shall not exceed 7 years.

    (5) [Repealed]

    (6) In addition to the powers conferred on the Corporation by the foregoing provisions of this section, the Corporation shall, in respect of any lands to which this section relates, have all the powers of a leasing authority under the Public Bodies Leases Act 1969.

    (7) In subsection (3), registered valuer means a valuer registered under the Valuers Act 1948.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 ss 49, 50(1); 1971 No 41 s 4(1); 1979 No 59 s 8(3)

    Section 33 heading: amended, on 22 October 2003, by section 3(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 88).

    Section 33(3) proviso paragraph (b): substituted, on 22 October 2003, by section 3(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 88).

    Section 33(3) proviso paragraph (c): added, on 22 October 2003, by section 3(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 88).

    Section 33(5): repealed, on 29 June 1988, by section 209(1) of the Rating Powers Act 1988 (1988 No 97).

    Section 33(7): added, on 22 October 2003, by section 3(3) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 88).

34 Development licences may be granted in respect of unused railway land or buildings
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time grant a licence, upon such conditions and for such term and upon such payment (if any) as it thinks fit, to any person to enter upon railway land and to do all such things as may be specified in the licence, for the purpose of making such investigations as may be necessary in order to prepare a plan for the development for industrial, commercial, residential, or recreational purposes of any railway land or buildings that are or may become available for leasing.

    (2) Any licence granted to any person under subsection (1) may contain provisions for the grant to that person or his assignee of a lease of all or any part of the land or buildings in respect of which the investigations for development are to be made, upon the fulfilment of such conditions in that behalf as may be specified in the licence.

    (3) Section 35(4) shall not apply to any right to any easement, or to construct or carry out any work upon, over, or under any railway which is granted under or in connection with any licence granted under subsection (1), or under or in connection with any lease granted pursuant to any such licence.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 50A; 1971 No 41 s 5

35 Grant of easements
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time, grant to any person any easement in, upon, through, over, or under any railway land, subject to such conditions and payments of rent as the Corporation thinks fit.

    (2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Corporation may grant any of the following easements, privileges, or concessions in respect of any railway land, subject to such conditions and payments of rent as it thinks fit:

    • (a) right of way or passage:

    • (b) right of access to any railway by gateway or otherwise:

    • (c) right to use water:

    • (d) right to lay, construct, maintain, and use any electric line, telephone line, telephone, telephone booth, tramway, roadway, footway, parking place, level crossing, water race, sludge channel, culvert, drain, pipe, loading bank, fuel tank, weighbridge, wharf, stage, mooring site, timber slip, boom, crane, protective tank, sluice gate, fence, or plantation:

    • (e) right to cut timber, flax, or grass:

    • (f) right to take away earth, clay, rock, limestone, ballast, gravel, or sand:

    • (g) any other easement, privilege, or concession of a similar character.

    (3) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (1) or subsection (2), where any easement, privilege, or concession to which those subsections refer is granted to any person under or in connection with any licence granted under section 34(1), or under or in connection with any lease granted pursuant to any such licence, the easement, privilege, or right may be subject to such payments of rent and such conditions as the Corporation thinks fit.

    (4) Subject to the Telecommunications Act 1987, the Electricity Act 1992, and the Gas Act 1992, but notwithstanding anything in any other Act, no person shall have any right to any easement, or to construct or carry out any work upon, over, or under any railway, without having first obtained from the Corporation a grant of the right as provided in this section; and the Corporation may require the person to execute a deed or agreement setting forth the conditions subject to which the right is granted.

    (5) Any easement granted to a public body upon, over, or under any railway at a public level crossing shall be at a nominal rental.

    (6) This section continues to apply to any easement, privilege, or concession granted under it before the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 comes into force as if the amendments made by that Act to this section had not been made.

    Compare: 1949 No 49 ss 55, 56; 1971 No 41 s 7

    Section 35(1): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 9(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 35(1) proviso: repealed, on 6 August 2010, by section 9(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 35(2): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 9(3) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 35(3): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 9(4) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 35(4): amended, on 1 April 1993, by section 173(2) of the Electricity Act 1992 (1992 No 122).

    Section 35(4): amended, on 1 April 1989, by section 25(2) of the Telecommunications Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 164).

    Section 35(6): added, on 6 August 2010, by section 9(5) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

Part 3
Financial provisions

36 Capital of Corporation
  • (1) The Governor-General shall, on the advice of the Minister of Finance, by Order in Council determine the capital of the Corporation at the commencement of this Act.

    (2) Any amount owing to the Crown by the Corporation at the commencement of this Act and specified in the Order in Council made under subsection (1) shall be deemed to have been paid to the Corporation by the Minister of Finance as part of the capital of the Corporation, and the liability of the Corporation to repay advances of that amount shall be extinguished.

    (3) The Corporation may from time to time, by resolution, recommend to the Minister of Finance that the capital of the Corporation be increased, and in any such case the Minister of Finance may, by notice in the Gazette, increase the capital of the Corporation to the amount specified in the notice. The amount of any such increase shall be paid to the Corporation by the Minister of Finance.

    (4) The Corporation may from time to time, by resolution, recommend to the Minister of Finance that the capital of the Corporation be reduced, and in any such case, the Minister of Finance may, by notice in the Gazette, decrease the capital of the Corporation to the amount specified in the notice.

    Section 36(3): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 10(1) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

    Section 36(4): added, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 36(4): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 10(2) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

37 Borrowing by and loans to Corporation
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time, with the consent of the Minister of Finance and on and subject to such terms and conditions as he thinks fit, borrow money (whether by overdraft or otherwise) and issue debentures, or mortgage or charge any of its real or personal property.

    (2) The Minister of Finance may from time to time, on behalf of the Crown,—

    • (a) advance money to the Corporation; and

    • (b) give in respect of any advances made to the Corporation by any other person any guarantee, indemnity or security pursuant to the Public Finance Act 1989,—

    on and subject to such terms and conditions as the Minister of Finance thinks fit.

    (3) The Minister of Finance may from time to time, on behalf of the Crown, enter into agreements with the Corporation for the purpose of giving full effect to the provisions of this section.

    (4) All money required to be paid by the Minister of Finance under this section (other than subsection (2)(b)) or section 36 shall be paid out of a Crown Bank Account from money appropriated by Parliament for the purpose.

    Section 37(2)(b): amended (with effect on 1 July 1989), on 26 July 1989, by section 86(1) of the Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

    Section 37(4): amended, on 25 January 2005, pursuant to section 83(7) of the Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

37A Power to enter into swaps or other financial arrangements
  • For the purposes of clarification and the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that the Corporation may, from time to time, if it appears to the Corporation to be necessary or expedient to do so, enter (either directly or through an intermediary) into any arrangement with any person, organisation, or government (in this section referred to as the other party), either within or outside New Zealand, whereby the Corporation undertakes to make payments to, or to the account of, the other party in any currency and the other party undertakes to make payments to, or to the account of, the Corporation in the same or any other currency.

    Section 37A: inserted, on 31 July 1989, by section 2 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 55).

37B Financial provisions relating to liability of the Crown in respect of Corporation's debt
  • All money that is required by the Crown to discharge obligations—

    • (a) to make payments to or on behalf of the Corporation in respect of loans or swap transactions or forward rate agreements raised or entered into by the Corporation; or

    • (b) to make payments to or on behalf of NZ Railways Finance Corporation Limited in respect of the issue of redeemable preference shares or convertible notes—

    that arise under any agreement made between the Crown, the Corporation, and NZ Railways Finance Corporation Limited shall be paid out of a Crown Bank Account by the Minister of Finance or the Treasury without further appropriation than this section.

    Section 37B: inserted, on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

    Section 37B: amended, on 25 January 2005, pursuant to section 65R(3) of the Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

38 Investments
  • Any money belonging to the Corporation and from time to time available for investment may be invested—

    • (a) in New Zealand Government securities:

    • (b) on deposit in any bank or banks approved for the purpose by the Minister of Finance:

    • (c) in any manner, or in any securities, that may from time to time be authorised for the purpose by the Minister of Finance.

39 Bank accounts
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time open at any bank or banks approved for the purpose by the Minister of Finance, or at any branch or agency of any such bank, such accounts (including imprest and subsidiary accounts) as it considers necessary or desirable for the conduct of its business.

    (2) Every account opened under subsection (1) shall be operated upon by cheque or other instrument (not being a promissory note or bill) signed by such person or persons as may from time to time be authorised in that behalf by the Corporation.

40 Capital works expenditure programme
  • [Repealed]

    Section 40: repealed, on 6 August 2010, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

41 Unauthorised expenditure
  • [Repealed]

    Section 41: repealed, on 6 August 2010, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

42 Dividends on capital
  • (1) After making provision in relation to accumulated losses, the Corporation shall in each financial year declare a dividend on the capital of the Corporation of such amount as may be fixed in that behalf by the Minister of Finance after consultations by him with the Corporation:

    provided that the Minister of Finance, having regard to the financial position of the Corporation, may in any financial year determine that no dividend shall be payable by the Corporation in respect of that year.

    (2) The amount of any dividend declared by the Corporation under this section shall be paid into a Crown Bank Account.

    Section 42(2): amended, on 25 January 2005, pursuant to section 83(7) of the Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

43 Financial statements and annual report
  • [Repealed]

    Section 43: repealed, on 1 April 1987, by section 32(1) of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986 (1986 No 124).

Part 4
Inquiries

[Repealed]

  • Part 4: repealed, on 1 April 1993, pursuant to section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

44 Appointment of Board of Inquiry as to matters affecting administration of railways
  • [Repealed]

    Section 44: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

45 Corporation inquiries
  • [Repealed]

    Section 45: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

Part 5
Railway operations

46 Safety of Corporation railways
  • [Repealed]

    Section 46: repealed, on 12 September 1996, by section 28(2)(b) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

47 New Corporation railways
  • [Repealed]

    Section 47: repealed, on 12 September 1996, by section 28(2)(b) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

48 Corporation may agree to work branch railway or siding in connection with railway
  • The Corporation may agree on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit with any person desiring to construct a branch railway or siding in connection with any Corporation railway for the construction and maintenance of so much of the branch or siding as may be within the limits of the railway, and for the working of the branch or siding in connection with the railway, subject, however, to the following conditions:

    • (a) no such agreement shall have effect for more than 10 years from the date thereof:

    • (b) the part of the branch or siding within the boundaries of the railway shall be deemed to be a part of the railway, and shall be worked subject to such conditions relating to proper maintenance, with a view to protecting the railway and rolling stock from injury and to ensuring safety and economy in working, as the Corporation from time to time thinks fit to impose, whether by agreement, rule, instruction, or otherwise:

    • (c) the part of the branch or siding outside the boundaries of the railway shall be worked subject to such conditions relating to proper maintenance, with a view to protecting the railway and rolling stock from injury and to ensuring safety and economy in working as the Corporation from time to time thinks fit to impose, whether by agreement, rule, instruction, or otherwise:

    • (d) if default is made in duly paying any money payable under the agreement, or in duly observing any of the other terms or conditions thereof, in any such case, and so long as the default continues, the Corporation may at any time suspend the traffic upon the branch or siding, or close its connection with the railway:

    • (e) the Corporation may at any time, after giving 3 months' notice thereof to the owner or manager of the branch or siding, close or remove the connection with the railway:

    • (f) no compensation shall be payable to any person whatever for any loss or damage arising from the connection of any branch or siding with the railway being closed or removed under paragraph (d) or paragraph (e).

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 58

49 Corporation may agree with companies for running powers over lines
  • (1) After the completion of any such branch or siding connected with a Corporation railway the Corporation may agree with the person constructing or owning the branch or siding that any trains or rolling stock the property of the Corporation may be run upon the branch or siding, and that any trains or rolling stock the property of that person may be run upon any Corporation railway, upon such terms and conditions as are specified in the agreement.

    (2) No such agreement shall have effect for more than 5 years from the date thereof.

    (3) Nothing in this Act or in any such agreement shall be deemed to authorise any person to enter upon any Corporation railway for any purpose whatever, except with the written authority of the Corporation first obtained in that behalf.

    (4) The agreement may provide for the payments to be made by the one party to the other party of such charges as are fixed in that behalf, and as to the time and mode of payment thereof and the keeping of accounts between the parties.

    (5) For all purposes of conducting traffic, and for levying charges, and for the operation of regulations, rules, and instructions the branch or siding shall during the subsistence of the agreement be deemed to be a Corporation railway, and all the provisions of this Act that may be applicable thereto shall be applicable to the branch or siding accordingly, subject to such modifications or alterations as are prescribed by the Corporation.

    (6) Nothing in this section shall give to any such person any power or authority to enter into any agreement which is not within the scope of the powers or authorities possessed by him.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 59

50 Railway crossings
  • [Repealed]

    Section 50: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

51 Local authorities may contribute towards cost of railway bridge or subway
  • [Repealed]

    Section 51: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

52 Lights, etc, liable to be confused with railway signals
  • [Repealed]

    Section 52: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

53 Warning devices at level crossings
  • [Repealed]

    Section 53: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

54 Traffic at level crossings
  • [Repealed]

    Section 54: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

55 Rail traffic to have right of way
  • [Repealed]

    Section 55: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

56 Employee may impound trespassing cattle
  • (1) Any employee may impound cattle trespassing on any railway; and any act, matter, or thing required under the Impounding Act 1955 to be performed or done by the occupier of land as defined in that Act may be performed and done in respect of any railway by any person authorised generally or specially in that behalf by a railway district traffic manager, a railway district civil engineer, or a railway resident civil engineer.

    (2) Section 174 of the Public Works Act 1981 shall not apply to Corporation railways open for traffic.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 20

57 No railways to cross Corporation railways without consent
  • [Repealed]

    Section 57: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

58 Gates and cattle stops
  • [Repealed]

    Section 58: repealed, on 1 April 1993, by section 28(1) of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111).

Part 6
Wellington to Johnsonville and Hutt Valley railways

[Repealed]

  • Part 6: repealed, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

59 Application of this Part
  • [Repealed]

    Section 59: repealed, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

60 Interpretation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 60: repealed, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

61 Restriction upon the carrying on of passenger services
  • [Repealed]

    Section 61: repealed, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

62 Offences
  • [Repealed]

    Section 62: repealed, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

63 Corporation to carry on passenger services within prescribed area
  • [Repealed]

    Section 63: repealed, 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

64 Information for offences
  • [Repealed]

    Section 64: repealed, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

65 Hutt Valley passenger services
  • [Repealed]

    Section 65: repealed, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(1) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

Part 7
Staff administration

66 Appointment and dismissal of officers and employees of the Corporation
  • Subject to this Act, the Corporation may, from time to time,—

    • (a) appoint such officers and employees, including apprentices and temporary and probationary officers and employees, as it considers necessary for the efficient exercise of its functions; and

    • (b) in accordance with the Corporation's terms and conditions of employment, remove any such officer or employee from his office or employment.

67 Salaries and conditions of employment
  • [Repealed]

    Section 67: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

68 Application of State Services Conditions of Employment Act 1977
  • [Repealed]

    Section 68: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

69 Application of State Services Act 1962
  • [Repealed]

    Section 69: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

70 Labour Relations Act 1987 not to apply
  • [Repealed]

    Section 70: repealed on 28 August 1990, by section 34 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105).

71 Officers and employees of New Zealand Government Railways
  • [Repealed]

    Section 71: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

72 Superannuation of officers and employees
  • Notwithstanding the definition of Government service in section 2 of the Government Superannuation Fund Act 1956, employment in the service of the Department or the Corporation as the case may be, either before or after the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to be Government service for the purposes of the Government Superannuation Fund Act 1956.

73 Classification of Corporation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 73: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74 Right of workers to become members of service organisations
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74A Preference to be obtained only by virtue of service organisation membership clause
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74A: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74B Obligatory rules concerning service organisation membership clauses
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74B: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74C Implementation of ballot where determinations contain service organisation membership clause
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74C: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74D Implementation of ballot where determinations do not contain service organisation membership clause
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74D: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74E Power to make consequential amendments to determination
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74E: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74F Explanatory note in relation to expiry of service organisation membership clause
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74F: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74G Insertion of service organisation membership clause in determination to which 2 or more service organisations are parties
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74G: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74H Notice to Registrar
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74H: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74I Conduct of ballot
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74I: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74J Restriction on issue of certificates
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74J: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74K Offences in relation to ballots
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74K: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74L Applications for inquiries
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74L: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74M Inquiries into ballots
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74M: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74N Ballot papers, etc, to be preserved
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74N: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74O Enforcement of service organisation membership clauses
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74O: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74P Application for exemption from membership of service organisation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74P: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74Q Intervention by other service organisations or unions or central organisation of workers
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74Q: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74R Discrimination
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74R: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

74S Right to become member of service organisation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 74S: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

75 Method of appointment to Corporation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 75: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

75A Appointment of officers under contract
  • [Repealed]

    Section 75A: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

76 Limiting power of making new appointments to Corporation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 76: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

77 Officers may be transferred from State Services or education service to Railways Corporation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 77: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

78 Power to reappoint employees of service organisations
  • [Repealed]

    Section 78: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

79 Effective date of appointments
  • [Repealed]

    Section 79: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

80 Annual determinations as to suitability for promotion
  • [Repealed]

    Section 80: repealed, 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

Apprentices

[Repealed]

  • Heading: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

81 Engagement of apprentices
  • [Repealed]

    Section 81: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

82 Indentures of apprenticeship
  • [Repealed]

    Section 82: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

83 Transfer of apprentices
  • [Repealed]

    Section 83: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

84 Establishment of apprenticeship advisory committee
  • [Repealed]

    Section 84: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

Promotions and transfers within Corporation

[Repealed]

  • Heading: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

85 Positions may be filled by transfer of members already in Corporation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 85: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

86 Appointments to be provisional
  • [Repealed]

    Section 86: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

87 Provisional appointment may at any time be cancelled by Corporation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 87: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

88 Continuous review of classification and grading
  • [Repealed]

    Section 88: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

89 Review of grading
  • [Repealed]

    Section 89: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

90 Grading Committee
  • [Repealed]

    Section 90: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

91 Successful application for review of grading
  • [Repealed]

    Section 91: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

92 Railway employees responsible for damage
  • [Repealed]

    Section 92: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

93 Penalties for breach of regulations or rules
  • [Repealed]

    Section 93: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

Constitution of Appeal Board and rights of appeal

[Repealed]

  • Heading: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

94 Railways Corporation Appeal Board
  • [Repealed]

    Section 94: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

95 Election of members of Appeal Board
  • [Repealed]

    Section 95: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

96 Procedure as to appeals
  • [Repealed]

    Section 96: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

97 Costs of appeals
  • [Repealed]

    Section 97: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

98 Rights of appeal of members
  • [Repealed]

    Section 98: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

98A Rights of appeal in respect of enterprise units and positions for which range of rates of remuneration is prescribed
  • [Repealed]

    Section 98A: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

99 Rights of appeal of temporary employees
  • [Repealed]

    Section 99: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

100 Notice of appeal, jurisdiction, etc
  • [Repealed]

    Section 100: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

101 Offence to attempt to influence improperly Appeal Board or any member thereof
  • [Repealed]

    Section 101: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

102 Regulations
  • [Repealed]

    Section 102: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(c) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).

Part 8
New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society

[Repealed]

  • Part 8: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

103 Interpretation
  • [Repealed]

    Section 103: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

104 Constitution and membership of society
  • [Repealed]

    Section 104: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

105 Functions of society
  • [Repealed]

    Section 105: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

106 New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Board
  • [Repealed]

    Section 106: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

107 Meetings of Welfare Board
  • [Repealed]

    Section 107: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

108 Miscellaneous financial provisions
  • [Repealed]

    Section 108: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

109 Contracts of Welfare Board
  • [Repealed]

    Section 109: repealed, on 1 July 1999, by section 11 of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17).

Part 9
Regulations, scales of charges, and codes of practice

Regulations

110 Regulations
  • (1) The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, make regulations for all or any of the following purposes:

    • (a) regulating, restricting, or prohibiting the smoking of tobacco or any other substance on the railways and other services lawfully carried on by the Corporation and prohibiting the committing of nuisances on the railways and other services lawfully carried on by the Corporation:

    • (b) regulating, restricting, or prohibiting traffic on or over any road or bridge used for both ordinary and railway traffic, or on or over any road, bridge, or other place, that is on or over or under any railway:

    • (c) regulating the admission of vessels to any wharf, jetty, berth, or mooring owned or controlled by the Corporation, and their use of and removal from the same:

    • (d) regulating, restricting, or prohibiting the entry or remaining on any part of any railway by persons or animals, and prescribing the conditions upon which they may be permitted to enter or remain thereon:

    • (e) regulating, restricting, or prohibiting persons from entering into or upon or from travelling in any carriage, omnibus, service car, or other vehicle or any part of any carriage, omnibus, service car, or other vehicle:

    • (f) regulating the manner in which, the times and places at which, and the conditions subject to which, tickets of any kind shall be purchased, used, presented, and delivered up:

    • (g) providing for the licensing and regulating of vehicles and of drivers plying or otherwise available for hire within the precincts of any railway, and in connection therewith prescribing licence fees:

    • (h) providing for the licensing of persons, subject to such conditions as the Corporation may deem fit, to ply for hire of their services, or to keep refreshment rooms or bookstalls, or to sell articles, within the precincts of any railway:

    • (i) declaring certain goods to be dangerous goods and regulating or prohibiting the conveyance, carrying, placing, or depositing of any such goods or of any deleterious thing on any railway or other service lawfully carried on by the Corporation:

    • (j) requiring compliance with any code of practice (including any amendment thereof) that has been issued under section 112:

    • (k) regulating generally the traffic on the railways and other services lawfully carried on by the Corporation and the conduct of all persons employed on or about the railways and other services lawfully carried on by the Corporation or travelling thereon or using the same.

    (1A) The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, make regulations prescribing forms for the purposes of this Act.

    (2) In respect of regulations made under subsection (1)—

    • (a) the regulations may authorise any district railway officer or any other person to do all such things, and to issue all such instructions as may be deemed advisable in respect of any of the matters mentioned in that subsection:

    • (b) a copy of all regulations relating to matters affecting the public shall be fixed and maintained in a conspicuous place at every station at which tickets are sold:

      provided that the validity of any regulation, or the liability of any person under any regulation, shall not be affected by any non-compliance with this provision:

    • (c) regulations may be so made as to apply generally to all railways and other services lawfully carried on by the Corporation or to any particular railway or service or part of a railway or service:

    • (d) every person who acts in contravention of any regulation under this section commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100:

    • (e) if in the opinion of the Corporation the breach of any regulation would cause or be likely to cause danger or annoyance to the public or hindrance to the proper use or working of a railway, the Corporation may authorise any employee, whether in person or otherwise, summarily to interfere or othewise take all proper steps to prevent the occurrence of the danger, annoyance, or hindrance, or the continuance or repetition thereof; and the taking of any such steps shall not relieve any person from any penalty to which he may be liable in respect of the breach of any such regulation.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 32; 1953 No 63 s 7; 1980 No 15 s 5

    Section 110(1A): inserted, on 1 July 1985, by section 4 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 105).

    Section 110(2)(d): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

111 Scales of charges
  • (1) The Corporation may from time to time, by notice in the Gazette, fix scales of charges to be paid in respect of railways, or of any specified railway or any part thereof, or in respect of any road passenger service to which section 63 applies, or in respect of any other services which are lawfully carried on by the Corporation, for—

    • (a) the conveyance of passengers; or

    • (b) the use by persons of a railway or any facilities or services provided by the Corporation; or

    • (c) the carriage of goods, or goods received on or into, or stored in or delivered from, any wharf, pier, jetty, office, store, shed, or yard in connection with any railway or any service lawfully operated by the Corporation; or

    • (d) the failure of passengers to take out tickets prior to joining a train at a station where tickets are sold; or

    • (e) demurrage of rolling stock before or after transit; or

    • (f) the use of any crane, hoist, or other machinery for loading and unloading goods; or

    • (g) the haulage of locomotives and empty rolling stock; or

    • (h) the use by any vessel of any wharf, jetty, mooring, berthage, building, crane, or other appliance in connection with a railway; or

    • (i) the loading or unloading of goods from or into lighters, into or from any vessel lying at or adjacent to any wharf, pier, jetty, berthage, or mooring in connection with a railway; or

    • (j) the receipt or delivery of goods from or to any vessel lying at or adjacent to any such wharf, pier, jetty, berthage, or mooring; or

    • (k) insurance (in addition to any other charges payable) in respect of goods carried or to be carried pursuant to a contract for carriage at declared value risk (within the meaning of the Carriage of Goods Act 1979).

    (2) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (1), the Corporation, or any employee duly authorised by it, may from time to time fix special charges to be paid in lieu of the ordinary ones upon special occasions, or for such times as it thinks fit; and it shall not be necessary to publish these special charges in the Gazette.

    (3) For the purpose of any scales of charges fixed under this section in the case of the demurrage of rolling stock at destination stations, consignees shall be deemed to have requested the demurrage.

    (4) The Corporation may, by notice in the Gazette, impose terms and conditions with respect to any of the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (k) of subsection (1), including terms and conditions with respect to the conveyance of passengers and the terms and conditions on and subject to which goods will be received, held, carried, delivered, or otherwise dealt with:

    provided that while any such notice imposing terms and conditions relating to the checking of luggage is in force no liability shall be incurred by the Corporation in respect of luggage which has not been duly checked.

    (5) Any terms and conditions imposed under the last preceding subsection shall apply with respect to any of the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (k) of subsection (1), notwithstanding that special scales of charges may be payable:

    provided that, with respect to any of those matters for which special scales of charges are fixed, the Corporation or any employee duly authorised by it may impose special terms and conditions in addition to or in lieu of the ordinary ones; and it shall not be necessary to publish them in the Gazette.

    (6) Without restricting the generality of subsection (5) it is hereby declared that any terms and conditions imposed under subsection (4) may include—

    • (a) terms and conditions exempting the Corporation from liability for any loss, damage, or expense, whether due to delays in transit or any other cause, where the loss or damage or expense—

      • (i) it is not occasioned by the negligence or wrongful act in the Corporation or its employees or agents; or

      • (ii) in the case of goods, arises from the negligence of the consignor or his employees or agents:

    • (b) terms and conditions giving the Corporation the right to recover from consignors the cost of damage to Corporation property or other goods where the damage or loss is caused by the inherent defect, quality, or vice of the goods causing the damage:

    • (c) terms and conditions exempting the Corporation from liability—

      • (i) where goods are loaded, unloaded, secured, covered, or tallied at any place by persons other than employees of the Corporation; or

      • (ii) in respect of goods held or stored by the Corporation as a warehouseman; or

      • (iii) in respect of loss of or of damage or delay to goods while in the possession, custody, or control of any carrier other than the Corporation, or of any harbour board, warehouseman, or other person during transit; or

      • (iv) in respect of goods consigned to or forwarded from a station where there is no stationmaster.

    (7) The power conferred by this section on the Corporation or any employee duly authorised by it to fix scales of charges to be paid for persons or goods carried on a railway shall include, and be deemed at all times heretofore to have included, the power to fix those scales by reference to distance.

    (8) Where any scale is fixed by reference to distance, the distance between any 2 named stations shall, unless it is otherwise specially provided in any case in the notice fixing the scale, be deemed and taken to be the distance as shown on the Corporation's or Department's, as the case may be, record when the section or sections of railway affected were first opened for traffic, notwithstanding that the distance may have been increased or reduced by subsequent alterations of the railway.

    (9) The power to fix scales of charges conferred on the Corporation by this section shall include, and shall be deemed always to have included, the power to fix scales of charges for sorting goods brought on to the railway and sorted by the Corporation in any shed on the railway or on any other part of the railway, whether the goods are, or are intended to be, carried on the railway or not, and notwithstanding that the goods may be brought on to the railway in pursuance of any agreement or arrangement entered into or made by the Corporation with respect to the working by the Corporation of any wharf or jetty.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 33; 1953 No 63 s 8; 1962 No 13 s 4; 1963 No 124 s 3

Codes of practice

112 Codes of practice
  • (1) In this section and in sections 113 and 114, code of practice means a recommended practice; and includes a description of any commodity, process, or practice, by reference to its nature, quality, strength, purity, composition, quantity, dimensions, weight, grade, durability, origin, age, or other characteristics; and also includes a glossary of terms, definitions, or symbols.

    (2) The Corporation may, for the purposes of this Act, from time to time issue codes of practice, and may from time to time amend or revoke any such code of practice.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 31A; 1980 No 15 s 4

113 Codes of practice to be approved by Minister
  • (1) No code of practice, and no amendment or revocation of a code of practice, shall have any force or effect until it has been approved by the Minister.

    (2) The Minister shall not approve any code of practice, or any amendment or revocation of a code of practice, unless—

    • (a) not less than 1 month's notice of the Corporation's intention to apply for approval has been published in the Gazette; and

    • (b) such persons or representatives of persons as the Minister considers will be affected thereby have had an opportunity to consider it and to comment thereon to the Minister.

    (3) Whenever the Minister has approved any code of practice, or any amendment or revocation of a code of practice, notification thereof shall be published in the Gazette. Every such code of practice, amendment, or revocation shall in addition be promulgated in such manner as the Minister directs.

    (4) The fact that the Minister has approved any code of practice or amendment or revocation of a code of practice shall be conclusive evidence that the requirements of this section have been complied with.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 31B; 1980 No 15 s 4

114 Citation and proof of codes of practice
  • (1) In any regulations made under this Act any code of practice or amendment of a code of practice may, without prejudice to any other mode of citation, be cited by the title or reference given to it by the Corporation, and by its date of issue; and such citation shall be deemed to include and refer to the latest code of practice or amendment in existence when the regulations were made.

    (2) Without affecting any other method of proof, the production in any proceedings of a copy of any code of practice or amendment of a code of practice purporting to be issued by the Corporation shall, in the absence of proof to the contrary, be sufficient evidence that it has been issued under the authority of section 112 and that it has been approved by the Minister under section 113.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 31C; 1980 No 15 s 4

Part 10
General provisions

115 Offences
  • (1) If any person knowingly does, or causes or procures to be done, any of the following things,—

    • (a) places any rolling stock on a railway, not having lawful authority to do so; or

    • (b) moves any part of the rolling stock on a railway, or leaves the same on any part of a railway, not having lawful authority to do so; or

    • (c) moves any signal, points, or stop blocks without lawful authority, or shows any signal likely to mislead; or

    • (d) obstructs any employee in the performance of his or her duty; or

    • (e) except when acting in the course of his or her duties in connection with the purchase, sale, or disposal of alcohol pursuant to section 26 or section 27 gives or offers to give any alcohol to any employee while he or she is on duty; or places any alcohol in the possession or care of any such employee otherwise than for conveyance of storage on any railway in the ordinary course of business; or

    • (f) alters any ticket, certificate, or order with intent to avoid payment of the proper fare or any part thereof; or

    • (g) uses any ticket the time for the proper use of which has expired, or which has already been used to the full extent to which the holder is entitled to use it; or

    • (h) sells or transfers, or offers for sale or transfer, any ticket which is not transferable, or permits any person other than the person to whom or on whose behalf the ticket is issued to make use of the ticket; or

    • (i) sells or transfers, or offers for sale or transfer, a ticket or any portion of a ticket which has been used for the whole or any part of the journey, period, or trips for which the ticket was issued, or travels or attempts to travel with any such ticket or portion of such a ticket sold or transferred by any person; or

    • (j) sells, or transfers, or offers for sale or transfer, or permits any person (other than the person in whose name or on whose behalf it is made out) to use, any certificate or order for the purpose of obtaining a concession ticket or reduction in fare; or

    • (k) uses or attempts to use any certificate or order for a concession ticket or reduction in fare without being entitled to do so; or

    • (l) uses or attempts to use any ticket which is not transferable and has not been issued to him or her or to some person on his or her behalf; or

    • (m) makes or procures to be made to any employee, or to any agent of the Corporation, or in any document delivered to any such employee or agent, any false statement respecting the age or occupation of any person, or respecting any other matter on which the charge for any ticket is dependent,—

    that person commits an offence and shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

    (2) If any person knowingly does, or causes or procures to be done, any of the following things,—

    • (a) neglects, delays, or refuses to produce or deliver up his or her ticket immediately it is called for by any employee on any train or other vehicle or elsewhere on the railway; or

    • (b) without reasonable cause uses, or attempts to use, or interferes with any braking appliances provided in any railway carriage, or any door in any omnibus for use in cases of emergency; or

    • (c) writes, draws, affixes, impresses, or exhibits any placard, bill, statement, word, picture, drawing, or sign on any railway, or sells or attempts to sell any articles on any railway, without being authorised to do so by the Corporation; or

    • (d) neglects to shut any gate or slip panel in any fence forming the boundary of, or upon adjoining, any railway,—

    that person commits an offence and shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $500.

    (3) In this section, alcohol has the meaning given by section 5(1) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 ss 26, 27, 28; 1968 No 40 s 3(2)

    Section 115(1): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

    Section 115(1)(e): amended, on 18 December 2013, by section 417(1) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (2012 No 120).

    Section 115(1)(m): amended, on 16 December 1983, by section 5 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act (No 2) 1983 (1983 No 127).

    Section 115(2): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

    Section 115(3): inserted, on 18 December 2013, by section 417(1) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (2012 No 120).

116 Penalties for damage to railways
  • If any person not having lawful authority or the written permission of the Corporation does, or causes or procures to be done, any of the following things—

    • (a) encroaches on land being part of any railway by making any building, fence, ditch, drain, or other obstacle, or planting any tree or shrub thereon; or

    • (b) digs up, removes, or alters in any way the soil or surface of any such land; or

    • (c) fills up, diverts, alters, or obstructs any ditch, drain, or watercourse which directly carries water off any such land or is made to protect the same, or does any act whereby any such ditch, drain, or watercourse is stopped, or the natural flow of water therein is obstructed; or

    • (d) interferes with or diverts any ditch, drain, or watercourse so as to damage or injure any such land or other property of the Corporation; or

    • (e) fells or removes any tree, shrub, or timber growing on any such land,—

    that person commits an offence and shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding in the case of a body corporate $2,000, and in every other case $500, for every day upon which the offence is committed or suffered to continue, and a further sum equal to the cost incurred in removing any such encroachment or obstruction, or in repairing any such injury done to any such land, ditch, drain, watercourse, or other property of the Corporation, or in replacing any such tree, shrub, or timber.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 30

    Section 116: amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

117 Certificate by Corporation to be evidence of certain facts
  • (1) A certificate under the seal of the Corporation that any specified land belonging to either Her Majesty or to the Corporation or forming part of a public reserve or of the common marine and coastal area, or any specified fixed or movable property belonging to the Corporation, is in fact included as portion of a railway or of any service for the carriage of passengers or goods lawfully carried on by the Corporation, or that any railway is in fact open for traffic, shall for all purposes be sufficient evidence of the fact.

    (2) The land or property to which any such certificate relates may be specified therein by words of general or particular description, as the Corporation thinks fit.

    (3) A certificate under the seal of the Corporation, specifying the distance between any 2 points on a railway in accordance with the Corporation record, shall be conclusive evidence of the fact.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 9

    Section 117(1): amended, on 1 April 2011, by section 128 of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (2011 No 3).

118 Fees for preparation of documents, etc
  • For the preparation of Proclamations, Orders in Council, deeds, leases, agreements, assignments, and for endorsing consents on mortgages, assignments, or subleases, and for preparing or consenting to any other document of a like nature, the Corporation may charge such fees as may be published from time to time in the Gazette.

    Compare: 1949 No 40 s 57

119 Authorisation of reclamation
  • (1) Notwithstanding anything in section 178 of the Harbours Act 1950, the Minister is hereby authorised to undertake and enter into contracts for the reclamation for railway purposes of the land described in Schedule 3.

    (2) This section shall be deemed to be a special Act within the meaning of section 175 of the Harbours Act 1950.

    Compare: 1957 No 106 s 5

    Section 119(1): amended, on 6 August 2010, by section 5(2)(b) of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100).

119A Application of certain transport Acts to Corporation
  • Notwithstanding section 4(1), or any other enactment or rule of law, proceedings for any offence committed on or after 1 November 1989 against the Road User Charges Act 2012, the Transport (Vehicle and Driver Registration and Licensing) Act 1986, the Railways Act 2005, the Land Transport Act 1998, or the Land Transport Management Act 2003, or any regulations or bylaws made under any of those Acts, may be brought against the Corporation as if the Corporation were not an instrument of the Executive Government of New Zealand for the purposes of those Acts.

    Section 119A: inserted, on 1 October 1989, by section 68(2) of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74).

    Section 119A heading: amended, on 20 July 2005, by section 103(3) of the Railways Act 2005 (2005 No 37).

    Section 119A: amended, on 13 June 2013, by section 72 of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 35).

    Section 119A: amended, on 1 August 2012, by section 94 of the Road User Charges Act 2012 (2012 No 1).

    Section 119A: amended, on 10 May 2011, by section 100(3) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Section 119A: amended, on 20 July 2005, by section 103(3) of the Railways Act 2005 (2005 No 37).

    Section 119A: amended, on 13 November 2003, by section 90 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (2003 No 118).

120 Repeals and amendments
  • (1) The enactments set out in Schedule 4 are hereby consequentially repealed.

    (2) [Repealed]

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

    (4) Every reference in any enactment or document whatever to the New Zealand Government Railways Department shall, unless the context otherwise requires, hereafter be read as a reference to the New Zealand Railways Corporation.

    (5) Every reference in any enactment or document whatever to Government railways shall, unless the context otherwise requires, hereafter be read as a reference to New Zealand Railways Corporation railways.

    Section 120(2): repealed, on 10 May 2011, by section 100(3) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).


Schedule 1
Appointments of officers

ss 2, 75(1)

[Repealed]

  • Schedule 1: repealed, on 10 November 1987, by section 20(3)(d) of the State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17).


Schedule 2
Wellington to Johnsonville and Hutt Valley railways

s 60

Part 1
Wellington–Johnsonville railway area

All that area in the Wellington Land District: bounded by a line commencing at the intersection of the left bank of the Kaiwharwhara Stream with the north-western side of the Hutt Road and proceeding north-easterly along that roadside to its intersection with the north-eastern boundary of Section 7, Harbour Registration District; thence generally north-westerly along the north-eastern and north-western boundaries of the said Section 7, and the north-eastern boundary of Section 4, Porirua Registration District, to the eastern boundary of the Johnsonville Branch Railway (formerly Wellington–Manawatu Railway); thence north-easterly along a right line to Mitchell's Trig (Johnsonville No 1); thence northerly along a right line to a point on the north side of Helston (formerly Aurora) Road, being the south-eastern corner of Section 41 (formerly Section 3A), Paparangi Settlement; thence north-westerly along a right line to a point on Porirua Road, being the original north-eastern corner of Section 3, Block III, Hawtrey Settlement; thence westerly and southerly along the northern and western boundaries of Hawtrey Settlement to the south-western corner of Section 4, Block I, Hawtrey Settlement; thence along the eastern boundary of Section 105, Ohariu Registration District, to the southernmost corner of the said Section 105; thence north-westerly along the south-western boundary of the said Section 105 to the northern corner of Section 96, Ohariu Registration District; thence south-westerly along the north-western boundary of the said Section 96 to the north-eastern side of old Ohariu Road; thence north-westerly along that roadside to the southernmost corner of Section 91, Ohariu Registration District; thence south-westerly along a right line to the northernmost corner of the former Section 93, Ohariu Registration District; thence along the north-western boundary to the westernmost corner of the said Section 93; thence along a right line to the northernmost corner of Section 9, Kaiwharawhara Registration District; thence along the north-western boundary to and south-easterly along the south-western boundary of the said Section 9, to the northernmost corner of Section 7, Kaiwharawhara Registration District; thence south-westerly along the north-western boundary of the said Section 7, to and south-easterly along the south-western boundary of that section to the northernmost corner of Lot 1, Kaiwharawhara Registration District; thence south-westerly along the north-western boundaries of Lots I, II and III, Kaiwharawhara Registration District to the westernmost corner of Lot III aforesaid; thence south-easterly along the south-western boundary of the said Lot III and its production to the left bank of the Kaiwharawhara Stream; thence generally easterly along that bank to the point of commencement: as the same is delineated on a plan marked LO 3697B, deposited in the office of the Corporation, Wellington, and thereon bordered red.

Part 2
Hutt Valley passenger services

All that portion of the Hutt Road from its junction with State Highway No 1 at Ngauranga to the nearest point thereto at which it joins the approaches to the bridge over the railway approximately 800 metres from the Petone Railway Station on the Wellington side of that station.


Schedule 3
Reclamation authorised

s 119

Firstly, all that area in the North Auckland Land District situated in Block VI, Otahuhu Survey District, containing by admeasurement 42 acres 1 rood 10 perches, more or less, being land below high-water mark in the Manukau Harbour (SO plan 40219):

Secondly, all that area in the North Auckland Land District situated in Block VI, Otahuhu Survey District, containing by admeasurement 4 acres 3 roods, more or less, being land below high-water mark in the Manukau Harbour (SO plan 40219):

As the same are delineated on the plan marked MD 10168 deposited in the office of the Minister of Transport, Wellington, and thereon coloured blue.


Schedule 4
Enactments repealed

s 120(1)

Age of Majority Act 1970 (1970 No 137)

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

Carriage of Goods Act 1979 (1979 No 43)

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

Fees and Travelling Allowances Act 1951 (1951 No 79)

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

Finance Act 1957 (1957 No 106) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1515)

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

Finance Act 1958 (1958 No 38) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1515)

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

Government Railways Act 1949 (1949 No 40) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1403)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1950 (1950 No 71) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1507)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1951 (1951 No 78) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1508)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1952 (1952 No 82) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1508)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1953 (1953 No 63) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1509)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1954 (1954 No 87) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1510)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1956 (1956 No 55) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1511)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1959 (1959 No 66) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1515)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1961 (1961 No 39) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1516)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1962 (1962 No 13) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1516)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1963 (1963 No 124) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1517)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1964 (1964 No 38) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1518)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1967 (1967 No 158) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1519)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1968 (1968 No 40) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1519)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1971 (1971 No 13) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1521)
Government Railways Amendment Act (No 2) 1971 (1971 No 41) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1521)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1972 (1972 No 64) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1524)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1973 (1973 No 65) (Reprinted 1973, Vol 2, p 1525)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1974 (1974 No 38)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1976 (1976 No 34)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1978 (1978 No 11)
Government Railways Amendment Act 1980 (1980 No 15)
Industrial Relations Act 1973 (1973 No 19)

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

Local Government Amendment Act 1979 (1979 No 59)

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

Public Finance Act 1977 (1977 No 65)

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

Sale of Liquor Amendment Act 1969 (1969 No 129) (Reprinted 1975, Vol 4, p 2932)

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

Transport Amendment Act 1955 (1955 No 102)

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


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981 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, will have the status of an official version once issued by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel under section 17(1) of that Act.

3 Editorial and format changes
4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint
  • Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 35): section 72

    Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (2012 No 120): section 417(1)

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 15)

    Road User Charges Act 2012 (2012 No 1): section 94

    Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81): section 413

    Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13): section 100(3)

    Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (2011 No 3): section 128

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 100)

    Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77): section 95(6)

    Railways Act 2005 (2005 No 37): section 103(3)

    Land Transport Management Act 2003 (2003 No 118): section 90

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 88)

    Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84): section 262

    New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Society Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 17): section 11

    Land Transport Act 1998 (1998 No 110): section 215(1)

    Customs and Excise Act 1996 (1996 No 27): section 294(1)

    Electricity Act 1992 (1992 No 122): section 173(2)

    Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992 (1992 No 111): section 28(1), (2)(b)

    Resource Management Act 1991 (1991 No 69): section 362

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 (1990 No 105): section 34

    Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 (1989 No 74): section 68

    Sale of Liquor Act 1989 (1989 No 63): section 230(1)

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 55)

    Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44): sections 65R(3), 83(7), 86(1)

    Telecommunications Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 164): section 25(2)

    Rating Powers Act 1988 (1988 No 97): section 209(1)

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 76)

    State Sector Act 1988 (1988 No 20): section 90(a)

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 80)

    State Services Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 17): section 20(3)(a), (c), (d)

    State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986 (1986 No 124): section 32(1)

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 105)

    New Zealand Railways Corporation Amendment Act (No 2) 1983 (1983 No 127)