Clause 9 inserts new Part 6A into the principal Act. New Part 6A is about infringement offences.
New section 51A provides that new Part 6A does not prevent the prosecution of an offence in any other Part of the principal Act. If a person does something that constitutes both an infringement offence under a section of new Part 6A and an offence against another section of the Act, action may be taken against the person under either section (but not both).
New sections 51B to 51U contain infringement offences.
New section 51B prohibits taking sports fish in contravention of an Anglers Notice.
New section 51C prohibits taking sports fish without a licence, unless the fish are taken for the purposes of scientific investigation or data collection in accordance with the conditions of a permit or authority.
New section 51D prohibits possessing sports fish taken in contravention of new section 51C.
New section 51E prohibits establishing, managing, or operating a fish hatchery for sports fish unless authorised by regulations.
New section 51F contains infringement offences relating to spawning fish.
New section 51G requires compliance with notices given under section 26ZL(1) of the principal Act.
New section 51H prohibits the transfer or release of live aquatic life into any freshwater, unless it is done in accordance with section 26ZM of the principal Act.
New section 51I prohibits fishing in a closed season.
New section 51J prohibits buying or selling sports fish taken in New Zealand or freshwater fish taken in New Zealand in contravention of the principal Act or regulations made under the principal Act.
New section 51K prohibits possessing restricted fish without approval.
New section 51L prohibits using hazardous substances, narcotic substances, or electric fishing devices for the purpose of taking or destroying freshwater fish without authorisation.
New section 51M contains infringement offences relating to controlled dog areas and open dog areas.
New section 51N requires an owner or a person in charge of a dog in a controlled dog area or an open dog area to ensure that the dog does not cause serious injury to or kill protected wildlife.
New section 51O prohibits hunting and related activities other than in compliance with a permit.
New section 51P prohibits using, receiving, selling, or otherwise disposing of an animal or animal product taken in breach of new section 51O.
New section 51Q prohibits taking a plant into or from a conservation area without authorisation.
New section 51R prohibits littering in a conservation area.
New section 51S contains infringement offences relating to conservation areas.
New section 51T prohibits a manager of a marginal strip from damaging the marginal strip or using the marginal strip for any purpose contrary to the principal Act.
New section 51U requires a person to produce any necessary permit, concession, right, or authority if requested to do so by a warranted officer.
New sections 51V to 51ZA contain procedural matters.
New section 51V provides that a person who is alleged to have committed an infringement offence may be proceeded against by filing a charging document under the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 or may be served with an infringement notice (in which case the procedure in section 21 of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957 applies).
New section 51W provides that the Director-General may authorise a warranted officer to issue infringement notices.
New section 51X provides for the issue of infringement notices.
New section 51Y provides that reminder notices must be in the prescribed form.
New section 51Z provides that all infringement fees must be paid into a Crown Bank Account.
New section 51ZA provides that a person who commits an infringement offence is liable to an infringement fee or a fine. Both the infringement fee and the maximum level of the fine will be prescribed in regulations made under new section 48C.