This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Titi (Muttonbird) Islands Regulations 1978 (the 1978 regulations) by—
•omitting the definition of European from regulation 2, and inserting definitions of non-Rakiura Maori and permit (regulation 4):
•amending regulation 3(1) by substituting new subclauses (1) and (1A) and inserting new subclause (2A). New subclause (1) prohibits non-Rakiura Maori from entering any beneficial island without a permit. In addition, non-Rakiura Maori are prohibited from searching for, pursuing, or taking muttonbirds or their eggs at any time. However, under new subclause (1A), these prohibitions do not apply to a non-Rakiura Maori who is a family member of a beneficiary if the beneficiary has issued the family member with an authorisation in accordance with the traditional customs and practices associated with the beneficial island. New subclause (2A) enables the Rakiura Titi Committee (the Committee) to issue permits to allow persons to enter onto a beneficial island. Regulation 3(3)(c) and (d) are revoked (regulation 5):
•including a definition of spouse for the purposes of regulation 7 (regulation 8):
•substituting new regulation 9. New regulation 9 provides for a disputed decision of the Committee to be referred to an independent decision maker for resolution (regulation 9):
•including, in regulation 11, references to a person authorised by the Committee. This amendment empowers a person authorised by the Committee to—
•lay an information against a person who commits a breach of the 1978 regulations; and
•enter any part of the islands at any time to ensure that no breaches of the 1978 regulations are being committed (regulation 10).
The 1978 regulations are also amended by omitting references to the Director-General and substituting references to the Committee. These amendments implement a decision to transfer the Director-General's administrative powers under the 1978 regulations to the Committee.