This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
The purpose of these regulations is to carry over from the 2013 regulations the features of official versions of legislation that may be issued by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel under section 17 of the Legislation Act 2012 and to remove the limitation relating to the format that can be used in an online official version. Under the 2013 regulations, the only online version of legislation that could be given official status was legislation published in PDF (portable document format). These regulations enable official status to be given to both PDF and HTML (hypertext markup language) online versions, which are the electronic formats currently used on the New Zealand Legislation website (http://www.legislation.govt.nz), and enable official status to be given to other suitable document formats in the future.
The prescribed features of an official version of legislation are that it—
must display or exhibit on its front page a representation of the New Zealand Coat of Arms:
may contain a statement to the effect that the legislation is issued under the authority of the New Zealand Government:
Date of notification in Gazette: 19 November 2015.
These regulations are administered by the Parliamentary Counsel Office.