Marine Reserves Act 1971

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Reprint as at 1 October 2012

Marine Reserves Act 1971

Public Act1971 No 15
Date of assent20 September 1971
Commencement20 September 1971


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation.



1 Short Title

2 Interpretation

3 Marine reserves to be maintained in natural state, and public to have right of entry

4 Governor-General may declare an area to be a marine reserve

5 Procedure for declaring a marine reserve

6 General policy

7 Conservation management strategies

8 Conservation management plans

9 Control and management of reserves

10 Particular functions of Director-General in relation to marine reserves

11 Particular powers of Director-General in relation to marine reserves

12 Conservation objectives to be considered by Director-General

13 Conservation function of New Zealand Conservation Authority

14 Procedure for making bylaws [Repealed]

15 Proof of bylaws [Repealed]

16 Penalty for breach of bylaws [Repealed]

17 Rangers

18 General powers of rangers

18A Powers of seizure

18B Director-General may release seized property under bond [Repealed]

18C Seized property to be held by Crown if not released [Repealed]

18D Crown to release seized property in certain circumstances [Repealed]

18E Seized property forfeited to Crown if ownership not established [Repealed]

18F Protection of Crown [Repealed]

18G Forfeiture of property on conviction

18H Provisions relating to forfeit property

18I Offences

18J Additional penalty for removing substance from or damaging reserve

19 Offences within a reserve [Repealed]

20 Time within which information may be laid

21 Penalties [Repealed]

22 Boundaries of marine reserves to be marked

23 Rights of access and navigation

24 Regulations

25 Consequential amendment [Repealed]

Search and Surveillance Act 2012

Reprint notes

An Act to provide for the setting up and management of areas of the sea and foreshore as marine reserves for the purpose of preserving them in their natural state as the habitat of marine life for scientific study