Jacinda Ardern, in Committee, to move the following amendments:
To add the following subclauses as subclauses (2) and (3):
New clauses 5A and 5B
To insert the following clauses after clause 5:
5A Applications by minors
(1) Section 9 is amended by repealing subsection (2A) and substituting the following subsection:
(2) Section 9(3) is amended by omitting “17” and substituting “18”.
(3) Section 9 is amended by repealing subsection (4) and substituting the following subsections:
“(6) Where a minor makes an application under subsection (2A) or (4), orders may be made on the application, and enforced, as if the minor were of full age.”
5B Applications against minors
Section 10 is amended by omitting “age of 17” in each place where it appears and substituting in each case “age of 18”.
To insert the following subclause as subclause (1):
New section 16(1A) and (1B): To omit these subsections and substitute the following subsections:
“(1A) The Court, on an application by a child of the applicant's family, must direct that a protection order continues to apply for his or her benefit after he or she has attained the age of 18 years until whichever of the following occurs first:
New section 16(5): To omit this subsection and substitute the following subsection:
New clauses 11A and 11B
To insert the following clauses after clause 11:
11A Applications for property orders by minors
(1) Section 71(1)(a) is amended by omitting “17” and substituting “18”.
(2) Section 71(2) is amended by omitting “16 years” and substituting “16 years or 17 years”.
11B Applications for property orders against minors
Section 72 is amended by omitting “17” in each place where it appears and substituting in each case “18”.
This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Child and Family Protection Bill to change the definition of a child in the Domestic Violence Act 1995 from a person under the age of 17 years, to a person under the age of 18 years. This change brings that definition into line with the definitions in the Care of Children Act 2004, the Children's Commissioner Act 2003, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is important that New Zealand’s legislation in this area is consistent, and that we meet our international obligations.