This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
The order brings into force, on 18 May 2009, the Property (Relationships) Amendment Act 2008 (the amendment Act).
The amendment Act amends the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (the principal Act) to provide that—
a de facto relationship preceding a civil union is treated as if it were part of the civil union; and
section 11A of the Family Courts Act 1980 (attendance at hearings) applies to the hearing of any application or appeal under the principal Act in any court; and
sections 11B to 11D of the Family Courts Act 1980 apply to the publication of a report of any proceedings under the principal Act in any court.
Date of notification in Gazette: 9 April 2009.
This order is administered by the Ministry of Justice.