Marine Reserves Act 1971

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Marine Reserves Act 1971

Public Act
1971 No 15
Date of assent
20 September 1971
20 September 1971

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation.


1Short Title
3Marine reserves to be maintained in natural state, and public to have right of entry
4Governor-General may declare an area to be a marine reserve
5Procedure for declaring a marine reserve
6General policy
7Conservation management strategies
8Conservation management plans
9Control and management of reserves
10Particular functions of Director-General in relation to marine reserves
11Particular powers of Director-General in relation to marine reserves
12Conservation objectives to be considered by Director-General
13Conservation function of New Zealand Conservation Authority
14Procedure for making bylaws [Repealed]
15Proof of bylaws [Repealed]
16Penalty for breach of bylaws [Repealed]
18General powers of rangers
18APowers of seizure
18BDirector-General may release seized property under bond [Repealed]
18CSeized property to be held by Crown if not released [Repealed]
18DCrown to release seized property in certain circumstances [Repealed]
18ESeized property forfeited to Crown if ownership not established [Repealed]
18FProtection of Crown [Repealed]
18GForfeiture of property on conviction
18GAForfeiture of property for infringement offence
18GBDisposal of seized property
18HProvisions relating to forfeit property
18JAdditional penalty for removing substance from or damaging reserve
19Offences within a reserve [Repealed]
20Time for filing charging document
21Penalties [Repealed]
21Infringement offences
21ARelationship between infringement offences and other offences
21BProceedings for infringement offences
21CWho may issue infringement notices
21DInfringement notices
21EReminder notices
21FPayment of infringement fees
21GPenalties for infringement offences
22Boundaries of marine reserves to be marked
23Rights of access and navigation
25Consequential amendment [Repealed]

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