Deaths by Accidents Compensation Amendment Act 2005

Deaths by Accidents Compensation Amendment Act 2005

Public Act2005 No 7
Date of assent24 March 2005

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on 26 April 2005.

3 Application
  • The amendments to the principal Act in sections 4 to 6 apply only to actions brought in respect of persons who die on or after the commencement of this Act.

4 Interpretation
  • (1) Section 2(1) of the principal Act is amended by omitting from the definition of dependant the words wife, husband, in both places where they appear, and substituting in each case the words spouse, civil union partner,.

    (2) Section 2(1) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of wife, and substituting the following definition:

    spouse and civil union partner includes, in relation to a deceased person, a person who—

    • (a) has been the deceased person's spouse or civil union partner, as the case may be; and

    • (b) at the time of the deceased person's death, was maintained or entitled to be maintained by the deceased person either wholly or partly, or would, but for the incapacity due to the accident from which the deceased person's death resulted, have been so maintained or entitled

5 Action to be for benefit of family
  • Section 5 of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words wife or husband, and substituting the words spouse or civil union partner.

6 Persons who may apply for order or variation of order
  • (1) Section 19(b) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words husband or wife, and substituting the words spouse or civil union partner.

    (2) Section 19(c) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the word marriage, the words or civil union.


Legislative history

10 March 2005Divided from Relationships (Statutory References) Bill (Bill 151-2) as Bill 151-3D
15 March 2005Third reading