Minors' Contracts Amendment Act 2005

Minors' Contracts Amendment Act 2005

Public Act2005 No 16
Date of assent24 March 2005

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Minors' Contracts Amendment Act 2005.

    (2) In this Act, the Minors' Contracts Act 1969 is called the principal Act.

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

3 Interpretation
  • (1) Section 2(1) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the definition of Court, the following definition:

    minor means a person who has not attained the age of 18 years; and a person is of full age if he or she has attained the age of 18 years.

    (2) Section 2 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (2).

4 Married minors
  • (1) The principal Act is amended by repealing section 4.

    (2) Section 66C of the Life Insurance Act 1908 is consequentially amended by repealing subsection (5).

5 Contracts of minors of or over the age of 18 years, certain contracts concerning life insurance, and contracts of service
  • (1) Section 5 of the principal Act is amended by omitting the heading and substituting Certain contracts concerning life insurance, and contracts of service.

    (2) Section 5 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (1)(a).

6 Contracts of minors below the age of 18 years
  • (1) Section 6 of the principal Act is amended by omitting the heading and substituting Contracts of minors.

    (2) Section 6 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (1) and substituting the following subsection:

    • (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, every contract (other than a contract to which paragraph (b) or paragraph (c) of subsection 5(1) applies) entered into by a minor is unenforceable against the minor but otherwise has effect as if the minor were of full age.

7 Settlement of claims by minors
  • (1) Section 12(5) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the expression 20, and substituting the expression 18.

    (2) Section 12(5) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the word marrying, the words or entering into a civil union or a de facto relationship.

8 Agreements relating to trusts
  • Section 16(2) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the word married, the words , in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship.


Legislative history

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