Adoption Amendment Act 2008

as at 18 May 2009


Adoption Amendment Act 2008

Public Act2008 No 73
Date of assent16 September 2008
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Adoption Amendment Act 2008.

2 Commencement
  • (1) This Act comes into force on a date to be appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council.

    (2) One or more Orders in Council may be made appointing different dates for the commencement of different provisions and for different purposes.

    Section 2(1): Adoption Amendment Act 2008 brought into force, on 18 May 2009, by the Adoption Amendment Act 2008 Commencement Order 2009 (SR 2009/76).

3 Principal Act amended
4 New sections 22 and 22A substituted
  • Section 22 is repealed and the following sections are substituted:

    22 Attendance at hearings
    • (1) The following persons may attend a hearing of an application under this Act:

      • (a) officers of the Court:

      • (b) parties to the proceedings:

      • (c) lawyers representing parties to the proceedings:

      • (d) a social worker who furnished a report under section 10:

      • (e) accredited news media reporters:

      • (f) persons whom the Judge permits to be present as support persons for a party on the request of that party:

      • (g) any other persons whom the Judge permits to be present.

      (2) No other person may attend a hearing of an application under this Act.

      (3) The Judge must agree to a request under subsection (1)(f) unless the Judge considers there is a good reason why the named support persons should not be permitted to be present.

      (4) No support persons may help an applicant conduct his or her case.

      (5) If, during a hearing, the Judge requests a person of any of the following kinds to leave the courtroom, the person must do so:

      • (a) an accredited news media reporter:

      • (b) a support person whom the Judge permitted to be present under subsection (1)(f).

      (6) Nothing in this section limits any other power of the Court—

      • (a) to hear proceedings in private; or

      • (b) to permit a McKenzie friend to be present; or

      • (c) to exclude any person from the Court.

    22A Publication of reports of proceedings
    • Sections 11B to 11D of the Family Courts Act 1980 apply to the publication of a report of any proceedings under this Act—

      • (a) in a Family Court:

      • (b) in any other court, in which case references in those sections to the Family Court or Court must be read as references to that other court.


  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)

1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Adoption Amendment Act 2008. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the Act as at 18 May 2009, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that have yet to come into force or that contain relevant transitional or savings provisions are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order.

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see or Part 8 of the Tables of Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations, and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)