Reprint as at 1 January 2011

Arbitration Act 1996

Public Act1996 No 99
Date of assent2 September 1996
Commencementsee section 1(2)


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 Ministry of Justice.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Further provision relating to interpretation

4 Act to bind the Crown

5 Purposes of Act

6 Rules applying to arbitrations in New Zealand

7 Arbitrations and awards outside New Zealand

8 Provisions applying where place of arbitration not agreed or determined

9 Arbitration under other Acts

10 Arbitrability of disputes

11 Consumer arbitration agreements

12 Powers of arbitral tribunal in deciding disputes

13 Liability of arbitrators

14 Application of sections 14A to 14I

14A Arbitral proceedings must be private

14B Arbitration agreements deemed to prohibit disclosure of confidential information

14C Limits on prohibition on disclosure of confidential information in section 14B

14D Arbitral tribunal may allow disclosure of confidential information in certain circumstances

14E High Court may allow or prohibit disclosure of confidential information if arbitral proceedings have been terminated or party lodges appeal concerning confidentiality

14F Court proceedings under Act must be conducted in public except in certain circumstances

14G Applicant must state nature of, and reasons for seeking, order to conduct court proceedings in private

14H Matters that court must consider in determining application for order to conduct court proceedings in private

14I Effect of order to conduct court proceedings in private

15 Certificates concerning parties to the Conventions

16 Rules

17 Amendments to other Acts

18 Repeals

19 Transitional provisions

20 Act passed in substitution for Arbitration Act 1908

Schedule 1
Rules applying to arbitration generally

Schedule 2
Additional optional rules applying to arbitration

Schedule 3
Treaties relating to arbitration

Schedule 4
Enactments amended

Schedule 5
Enactments repealed

Reprint notes

An Act to reform the law relating to arbitration