Conservation Amendment Act 2000

Conservation Amendment Act 2000

Public Act2000 No 56
Date of assent14 November 2000

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Conservation Amendment Act 2000.

    (2) In this Act, the Conservation Act 1987 is called the principal Act.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Restrictions on fishing
  • Section 26ZL(2) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the word Minister, and substituting the word Director-General.

4 New section 26ZQA inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting, after section 26ZQ, the following section:

    26ZQA Possessing certain kinds of fish without approval
    • (1) In this section, restricted fish means—

      • (a) live grass carp; or

      • (b) live silver carp.

      (2) The Minister of Conservation may approve a person's possession of restricted fish.

      (3) The following provisions apply when the approval of the Minister of Conservation is required under subsection (2):

      • (a) the applicant must advertise, on at least 2 consecutive Saturdays in at least 1 newspaper circulating in the area concerned, the intention to possess the fish:

      • (b) every advertisement under paragraph (a) must state that submissions or objections in respect of its subject-matter should be sent to the Director-General:

      • (c) the Director-General may require an applicant to provide an environmental impact assessment report before the Minister grants approval.

      (4) A person who possesses restricted fish must have at least 1 of the following approvals relating to the person who possesses the fish and to the kind of fish the person possesses:

      • (a) an approval under subsection (2):

      • (b) an approval under section 26ZM(2):

      • (c) an approval under section 26ZM(3).

      (5) Every person commits an offence, and is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000, who, without reasonable cause, knowingly possesses restricted fish—

      • (a) knowing that none of the approvals described in subsection (4) has been given; or

      • (b) being reckless as to whether or not any of those approvals has been given.

      (6) Section 43B does not apply to an offence under subsection (5).

5 Regulations
  • Section 48(1)(m) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words reimburse travelling, and substituting the words pay travelling and other.

6 Powers of Director-General
  • Section 53(2) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words but, in the case of a protected area, subject to the purposes for which it is held,.

Legislative history

9 November 2000Divided from the Statutes Amendment Bill (No 7) as reported from the Justice and Electoral Committee (Bill 334-A2), third reading