Bank of New Zealand Act 1988

Reprint
as at 31 July 1989

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Bank of New Zealand Act 1988

Public Act1988 No 172
Date of assent13 December 1988
Commencement13 December 1988

Note

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

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

This Act is administered by the Treasury.


An Act to enable Bank of New Zealand to be constituted as a company incorporated and registered under the Companies Act 1955 and to repeal the Bank of New Zealand Act 1979

1 Short Title
  • This Act may be cited as the Bank of New Zealand Act 1988.

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

    Act means the Companies Act 1955

    appointed day means the date appointed by the Governor-General in an Order in Council made under section 4

    articles means the articles of association delivered to the Registrar under section 4

    memorandum means the memorandum of association delivered to the Registrar under section 4

    Minister means the Minister of Finance

    Registrar means the Registrar of Companies and includes a Deputy Registrar.

    (2) In this Act, depending upon the context in which the term is used, Bank means either—

    • (a) Bank of New Zealand constituted under the Bank of New Zealand Act 1979; or

    • (b) that bank deemed to be incorporated and registered as a company under the Act by virtue of this Act.

3 Act to bind the Crown
  • This Act shall bind the Crown.

4 Incorporation of Bank as a company under the Companies Act 1955
  • (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Act, on a date to be appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council, the Bank shall be deemed to be a company limited by shares incorporated and registered under the Act and under the name Bank of New Zealand.

    (2) An Order in Council may be made at any time after the Governor-General is advised by the Minister that the following documents have been delivered to the Registrar:

    • (a) a memorandum of association in a form which the Minister considers, after consultation with the Bank, to be appropriate and which states the name of the Bank and that the liability of its members is limited:

    • (b) articles of association in a form which the Minister considers, after consultation with the Bank, to be appropriate:

    • (c) a notice of situation of registered office as required by section 115 of the Act.

    (3) Nothing in sections 14, 15, and 25 of the Act shall apply in respect of the memorandum.

    (4) Nothing in sections 20 and 23(1)(c) of the Act shall require the articles to be signed or attested.

    (5) The memorandum and articles of association of the Bank shall be the memorandum and articles delivered to the Registrar under this section.

    (6) Nothing in subsection (5) shall prevent the memorandum and articles being altered, amended, or substituted in accordance with the Act.

    (7) On or before the appointed day the Registrar shall issue a certificate of incorporation in respect of the Bank.

    (8) Without limiting subsection (1) the certificate of incorporation shall be conclusive evidence that the Bank was, on the appointed day, registered as a company under Part 2 of the Act.

    (9) In the application of section 200 of the Act to the Bank—

    • (a) nothing in subsection (4) of that section shall be construed to require the return containing the particulars of the directors and secretary to have endorsed on it or be accompanied by, a written consent to act as a director by any person who holds office as a director of the Bank on the appointed day by virtue of this Act; and

    • (b) subsection (5)(a) of that section shall apply as if those directors had been appointed as directors of the Bank on the appointed day.

5 Effect of registration under the Act
  • (1) Notwithstanding any other enactment or rule of law, from the commencement of the appointed day the Bank shall be deemed to be a company incorporated and registered under Part 2 of the Act and, subject to section 6, the Act shall apply to it accordingly.

    (2) The Bank is, and shall continue to be, the same legal entity as the Bank originally incorporated under The New Zealand Bank Act 1861 and subsequently constituted under the Bank of New Zealand Act 1979 and in particular, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing,—

    • (a) the deemed incorporation and registration of the Bank as a company shall not affect rights, interests, liabilities, or obligations existing immediately before the appointed day:

    • (b) real and personal property (including choses in action) belonging to or vested in the Bank immediately before the appointed day shall continue to belong to or vest in the Bank as so incorporated.

6 Supplementary provisions relating to share capital and other matters
  • (1) The Bank shall be deemed to have been incorporated on the appointed day with an authorised and registered capital of $1,000,000,000 divided into 2 000 000 000 shares of 50 cents each.

    (2) On the appointed day the Crown and every other person who was registered as the holder of shares in the capital of the Bank immediately before the appointed day shall continue to be registered as the holder of those shares paid up to the same extent and subject to the rights and obligations conferred or imposed by the articles and by law.

    (3) Nothing in section 60 of the Act applies in respect of the allotment and paying up of shares in the capital of the Bank issued before the appointed day.

    (4) Section 64 of the Act shall, on and after the appointed day, apply to the amount standing to the credit of the share premium account in the books of the Bank immediately before the appointed day as if that amount had been transferred to a share premium account in accordance with that section.

    (5) Nothing in sections 117 and 134 of the Act and the proviso to subsection (1) of section 135 and the first proviso to subsection (1) of section 152 of the Act shall apply to the Bank.

    (6) Nothing in section 135(1) of the Act shall require the Bank to hold a general meeting as its annual meeting in the calendar year in which the appointed day falls if the Bank has held an annual general meeting in that year before the appointed day.

    (7) Nothing in section 152(1) of the Act shall require the directors of the Bank in the calendar year in which the appointed day falls to lay before the Bank in general meeting a profit and loss account if a profit and loss account has been laid before the Bank in general meeting in that year before the appointed day. For the purposes of section 152(1) of the Act the reference to the expression preceding account shall be read and construed as a reference to a profit and loss account laid before the Bank in general meeting whether before or after the appointed day.

    (8) Nothing in section 152(2) of the Act shall apply in respect of the calendar year in which the appointed day falls if a balance sheet has been laid before the Bank in general meeting in that year before the appointed day.

    (9) The Bank shall continue to be deemed to be registered as a registered bank pursuant to section 38E of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1964.

    (10) Every director of the Bank holding office immediately before the appointed day shall, subject to the articles, continue to hold office on and after the appointed day for the residue of the term for which that director was appointed.

    (11) The Chairman and the Deputy Chairman of the Bank holding office immediately before the appointed day shall, subject to the articles, continue to hold office as Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively on and from the appointed day.

    (12) Nothing in section 184(1) of the Act shall prevent any prospectus issued by the Bank from including the name of a director of the Bank who holds office by virtue of subsection (10).

7 Crown shareholding
  • (1) The Minister may, from time to time, on behalf of the Crown, subscribe for or otherwise acquire shares in the capital of the Bank in addition to the shares held by the Minister on the appointed day.

    (2) The Minister may, from time to time, on behalf of the Crown, subscribe for or otherwise acquire shares in the capital of any company which, at the time of subscription or acquisition, is a subsidiary of the Bank as defined in section 158(1) of the Companies Act 1955.

    (3) Shares in the capital of the Bank or any company referred to in subsection (2) held on behalf of the Crown shall be held by the person for the time being holding office as Minister of Finance.

    (4) The Minister of Finance may exercise all or any of the Crown's rights and powers as the holder of shares in the capital of the Bank or that company.

    (5) Any money required to be paid by the Minister on subscribing for, or otherwise acquiring, shares in the capital of the Bank or that company shall be paid out of money appropriated by Parliament for the purpose.

    Section 7: substituted, on 31 July 1989, by section 2 of the Bank of New Zealand Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 53).

8 Crown not liable for debts of Bank
  • On and after the appointed day the Crown shall not be liable to contribute towards the payment or satisfaction of any debts or liabilities of the Bank any sum other than—

    • (a) any sum payable to the Bank out of money appropriated by Parliament in respect of shares in the capital of the Bank subscribed for, or otherwise acquired, by the Minister that are not fully paid up; and

    • (b) any sum that the Crown is liable to contribute by virtue of any guarantee, indemnity, or security given by the Minister pursuant to the Public Finance Act 1989.

    Section 8(b): amended (with effect on 1 July 1989), on 26 July 1989, by section 86(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

9 Annual report
  • (1) Within 3 months after the end of every financial year of the Bank after the appointed day, being a financial year at the end of which the Crown held directly or indirectly more than 50% of the ordinary shares in the capital of the Bank or had the right to control the composition of its board of directors, the Bank shall—

    • (a) prepare a general report on the operations of the Bank and its subsidiaries during that year; and

    • (b) submit that report, together with the audited consolidated financial statements of the Bank for that year, to the Minister.

    (2) The Minister shall lay a copy of the report, those financial statements, and the auditor's report before the House of Representatives not later than the 16th sitting day after the date on which the Minister receives them.

10 Auditors
  • The person or persons holding office as the auditors of the Bank immediately before the appointed day shall continue to hold that office on and after the appointed day and until the conclusion of the next annual general meeting of the Bank after the appointed day as if appointed to that office under section 163(1) of the Act.

11 Trustee investment
  • On and after the appointed day shares in the capital of the Bank shall, for the purposes of the Trustee Act 1956, be investments in which a trustee may invest trust funds.

12 Status of directors and employees of Bank
  • No person shall be deemed, on or after the appointed day, to be employed in the Government service for the purposes of the Government Superannuation Fund Act 1956 or in the Public Service for the purposes of the State Sector Act 1988 by reason only of being a director or employee of the Bank or any of its subsidiaries.

13 Repeals and savings
  • (1) The following enactments are hereby repealed on the appointed day:

    • (a) the Bank of New Zealand Act 1979:

    • (b) the Bank of New Zealand Amendment Act 1986.

    (2) Section 15 of the Bank of New Zealand Act 1979 shall, notwithstanding the repeal of that Act by subsection (1), continue to have effect as if it were still in force in respect of any act or default done or made before the appointed day.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

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

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


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Bank of New Zealand Act 1988. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the Act as at 31 July 1989, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

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

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

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

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

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

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)
  • Bank of New Zealand Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 53)

    Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44): section 86(1)