Interpretation Act 1999

Reprint as at 1 January 2014

Interpretation Act 1999

Public Act1999 No 85
Date of assent3 August 1999
Commencementsee section 3

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 Ministry of Justice.


Contents

Title

1 Short Title

Part 1
Purposes, commencement, and application

2 Purposes of this Act

3 Commencement

4 Application

Part 2
Principles of interpretation

5 Ascertaining meaning of legislation

6 Enactments apply to circumstances as they arise

7 Enactments do not have retrospective effect

Part 3
Specific provisions applying to legislation

Commencement of legislation

8 Date of commencement of Acts

9 Date of commencement of regulations

10 Time of commencement of legislation

Exercise of powers between passing and commencement of legislation

11 Exercise of powers between passing and commencement of legislation

Exercise of powers in legislation generally

12 Power to appoint to an office

13 Power to correct errors

14 Exercise of powers by deputies

15 Power to amend or revoke

16 Exercise of powers and duties more than once

Repeals

17 Effect of repeal generally

18 Effect of repeal on enforcement of existing rights

19 Effect of repeal on prior offences and breaches of enactments

20 Enactments made under repealed legislation to have continuing effect

21 Powers exercised under repealed legislation to have continuing effect

22 References to repealed enactment

Amending legislation

23 Amending enactment part of enactment amended

Authority to make certain enactments

24 Authority to make certain enactments

25 Amendment and revocation of regulations made by Act

Forms

26 Use of prescribed forms

Part 4
Application of legislation to the Crown

27 Enactments not binding on the Crown

28 Review of this Part

Part 5
Meaning of terms and expressions in legislation

29 Definitions

29A Meaning of de facto relationship

29B Meaning of step-parent, etc

30 Definitions in enactments passed or made before commencement of this Act

31 Use of masculine gender in enactments passed or made before commencement of this Act

32 Parts of speech and grammatical forms

33 Numbers

34 Meaning of words and expressions used in regulations and other instruments

35 Time

36 Distance

Part 6
Amendments and repeals

37 Amendments to other Acts

38 Repeals and saving

Schedule 1
Amendments to other Acts

Schedule 2
Enactments repealed

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An Act relating to the interpretation, application, and effect of legislation