This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on 26 September 2008, applies the Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000 to the referendum to be held on the question:
“Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?” The referendum will accordingly be conducted by postal voting.
The order also appoints the date for the closing of the referendum roll and the closing of the voting period.
The referendum roll will close on Friday 10 July 2009.
The voting period will start on 31 July 2009 and end at 7 pm on Friday 21 August 2009.