44 General duty to inform

(1)

Every person is under a duty to inform the Ministry, as soon as practicable in the circumstances, of the presence of what appears to be an organism not normally seen or otherwise detected in New Zealand.

(2)

The duty to inform does not apply in relation to an organism that is seen or otherwise detected in a place where it may lawfully be present in accordance with an approval given under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996.

Section 44: replaced, on 8 July 2003, by section 6 of the Biosecurity Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 38).