This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order brings into force various provisions of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010 (the Act) on 1 February 2011.
Various preliminary provisions and provisions containing regulation-making powers are already in force. Section 244 of the Act (which provides for provisional licences) came into force on 30 September 2010 under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act Commencement Order 2010.
The provisions that come into force on 1 February 2011 include provisions relating to—
the licensing of insurers and transitional provisions relating to the issuing of provisional licences. The provisions include requirements for fit and proper policies and risk management programmes that must be provided when a person applies for a licence:
the prudential supervision of insurers by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (for example, provisions that relate to the supply of information and investigations):
distress management (for example, provisions that relate to recovery plans and the powers to give directions):
Lloyd's (being provisions that enable Lloyd's to obtain a licence). Section 200 of the Act will, however, come into force at a later date (section 200 provides that Lloyd's underwriters must not carry on insurance business in New Zealand unless Lloyd's holds a licence):
an offence of making a false declaration or representation for any purpose relating to the Act:
the restriction on a licensed insurer's constitution in section 221 of the Act:
the power of a District Court to ban certain persons from participating in insurance business):
the transitional power in section 243 of the Act (which allows the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to approve transfers of insurance business between insurers).
Other provisions of the Act will come into force at later dates (to be appointed by 1 or more Orders in Council). For example, it is anticipated that—
Date of notification in Gazette: 2 December 2010.
This order is administered by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.