Education (Disestablishment of Early Childhood Development Board) Amendment Act 2004

Education (Disestablishment of Early Childhood Development Board) Amendment Act 2004

Public Act2004 No 14
Date of assent5 April 2004

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Education (Disestablishment of Early Child-hood Development Board) Amendment Act 2004.

    (2) In this Act, the Education Act 1989 is called the principal Act.

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

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

3 Purpose
  • The purpose of this Act is—

    • (a) to provide for the Early Childhood Development Board, a Crown entity continued under Part 5 of the principal Act, to be disestablished and for its functions, assets, liabilities, and rights to be transferred to the Ministry of Education; and

    • (b) to provide for other matters related to the reorganisation, such as a new funding mechanism for certain early childhood centres to enable grants to be paid by the Ministry rather than through the Early Childhood Development Board.

4 Interpretation
  • In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    assets has the same meaning as in section 216(1) of the principal Act

    Board means the Early Childhood Development Board

    collective agreement means an employment agreement that is binding on 1 or more employers and 2 or more employees

    effective date means the date on which this Act comes into force (as set out in section 2)

    employment agreement, in relation to an employee,—

    • (b) to avoid doubt, includes an employment contract that took effect before the commencement of that Act and covers the employee's employment with the Board

    liabilities has the same meaning as in section 216(1) of the principal Act

    Ministry means the Ministry of Education

    rights has the same meaning as in section 216(1) of the principal Act

    Secretary means the chief executive of the Ministry.

Part 2
Disestablishment of Board and associated matters

5 Early Childhood Development Board disestablished and functions, assets, etc, transferred to Ministry on effective date
  • (1) On the effective date,—

    • (a) the Board ceases to exist; and

    • (b) all functions, assets, liabilities, and rights of the Board, by virtue of this section, become those of the Crown.

    (2) On the effective date, Part 3 and Schedule 3 of the principal Act are consequentially repealed.

    (3) On the effective date, the following enactments are consequentially repealed:

6 New sections 311A and 311B inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting, after section 311, the following sections:

    311A Grants to licence-exempt centres
    • (1) The management of any licence-exempt centre may be paid grants out of public money appropriated by Parliament for that purpose.

      (2) Licence-exempt centre means any premises that are operated as an early childhood centre and that are exempted from the requirement to be licensed by notice in the Gazette issued under section 316(1)(b).

      (3) Section 309(2) to (5) applies as if the reference to chartered services were a reference to licence-exempt centres.

    311B Reporting requirements if grant paid to licence-exempt centre
    • (1) This section applies during the financial year in which a grant is paid to the management of a licence-exempt centre under section 311A, and during the next financial year.

      (2) The Secretary may, by written notice to the management, require the management to give to the Secretary in writing any financial report, or statistical or other information, that is specified in the notice and that relates to the centre.

      (3) The management must take all reasonable steps to comply with the notice within the time specified in the notice.

7 Consequential amendments to other enactments
8 Consequential changes to other references
  • (1) If any other enactment or other thing refers to the Board and that reference is no longer appropriate because the Board has been disestablished, the reference must be read as a reference to the Ministry.

    (2) If any other enactment or other thing refers to the chief executive of the Board and that reference is no longer appropriate because the Board has been disestablished, the reference must be read as a reference to the Secretary.

9 Application of consequential changes to references
  • Section 8

    • (a) applies to things that are in force or existing on the effective date (whether coming into force, entered into, or created before or after the commencement of this section); and

    • (b) applies to references in anything, including (without limitation) deeds, agreements, proceedings, instruments, documents, and notices; and

    • (c) does not apply to collective employment agreements (if any); and

    • (d) does not apply to individual employment agreements (if any).

10 Effect of reorganisation
  • (1) On and from the effective date, anything done or omitted to be done by, or in relation to, the Board must be treated as having been done or omitted by, or in relation to, the Crown.

    (2) The disestablishment of the Board, and the transfer of its functions, assets, liabilities, and rights to the Crown, does not affect—

    • (a) the assets, liabilities, or rights of the Crown or the Board (other than by transferring them); or

    • (b) the commencement or continuation of proceedings by or against the Board; those proceedings may instead be commenced or continued by or against the Crown.

    (3) If the transfer of an asset or liability under section 5 is registrable, the person responsible for keeping the register must register the transfer immediately after written notice of the transfer is received by him or her from any person authorised for this purpose by the Minister.

    (4) Subsection (2) does not limit sections 5 to 9.

11 Final report and accounts
  • (1) As soon as reasonably practicable after the commencement of this Act, the Ministry must arrange for the final report of the Board to be delivered to the Minister.

    (2) The report must—

    • (a) describe the Board's operations for the period beginning on 1 July 2003 and ending immediately before the effective date; and

    • (b) if the Board has not already prepared and forwarded to the Minister an annual report on the operations of the Board for the year ended 30 June 2003 under Part 5 of the Public Finance Act 1989, describe the Board's operations for that year; and

    • (c) include—

      • (i) financial statements of the Board prepared, in accordance with Part 5 of the Public Finance Act 1989, for that period and, if paragraph (b) applies, that year; and

      • (ii) an audit report prepared by the Auditor-General.

    (3) The Minister must present a copy of the report to the House of Representatives under section 44A of the Public Finance Act 1989.


Legislative history

26 August 2003Introduction (Bill 77-1)
10 September 2003First reading and referral to Education and Science Committee
20 February 2004Reported from Education and Science Committee (Bill 77-2)
30 March 2004Second reading, committee of the whole House, third reading