Interpretation Act 1999

Exercise of powers between passing and commencement of legislation

11 Exercise of powers between passing and commencement of legislation
  • (1) A power conferred by an enactment may be exercised before the enactment comes into force or takes effect to—

    • (a) make a regulation or rule or other instrument; or

    • (b) serve a notice or document; or

    • (c) appoint a person to an office or position; or

    • (d) establish a body of persons; or

    • (e) do any other act or thing for the purposes of an enactment.

    (2) The power may be exercised only if the exercise of the power is necessary or desirable to bring, or in connection with bringing, an enactment into operation.

    (3) The power may not be exercised if anything that results from exercising the power comes into force or takes effect before the enactment itself comes into force unless the exercise of the power is necessary or desirable to bring, or in connection with bringing, the enactment into operation.

    (4) Subsection (1) applies as if the enactment under which the power is exercised and any other enactment that is not in force when the power is exercised were in force when the power is exercised.

    Compare: 1924 No 11 s 12