Weights and Measures Act 1987

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Weights and Measures Act 1987

Public Act
1987 No 15
Date of assent
16 March 1987
see section 1(2)

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 Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


Title [Repealed]
1Short Title and commencement
3Act to bind the Crown
4Metric standards of weights and measures
5Departmental standards
6Reference standards
7Inspectors’ working standards
7AAccredited persons’ working standards
8Obligations to use metric system of weights and measures
9Exceptions to obligations to use metric system of weights and measures
10Obligation to use metric system in advertising goods for sale
11Exceptions to obligation to use metric weights and measures in advertising goods for sale
12Obligation to sell goods by net weight or measure
13Obligation in respect of invoice or delivery note
15Counting of goods sold by retail
15AWeighing and measuring of goods sold by retail
16Offence to supply short weight, measure, or number
16AOffence to supply weight, measure, or number not in accordance with stated quantity
17Offence for purchaser to state incorrect weight, measure, or number
18Statement of true weight, etc, to be supplied to seller
19Weights and measures to have contents marked
20Approval of appliances
21Weights and measures to be stamped with mark of verification
22Sections 20 and 21 not to apply to automatic weighing or dispensing machines
22ACertificate of accuracy
22BCertificate of accuracy required for certain weighing or measuring instruments
23Notification of non-compliance
24Offence to use or possess false or unjust weight or measure
25Chief Inspector and Deputy Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures [Repealed]
26Inspectors of Weights and Measures
27Certificates of appointment
28Powers of Inspectors
29Privilege against self-incrimination
30Inspector may inspect weights, measures, etc, not used for trade [Repealed]
30AAppointment of accredited persons
30BApplication for accreditation
30CDuration and renewal of accreditation
30DRevocation of accreditation
30DASuspension of accreditation
30DBEffect of suspension of accreditation
30ERevocation, etc, of conditions
30FAppeals against decisions of Secretary
30GProcedure on appeals
30HCourt may refer appeals back for reconsideration
30IPowers of inspection
30JApplication of certain Acts to accredited persons
31Liability of principal for acts of agents, etc
32AInfringement offences
32BProcedural requirements relating to infringement notices
32BAEffect of infringement notice
32CPayment of infringement fees
33AInfringement fee [Repealed]
35Court may order offender to make good any deficiency
36Proceedings in relation to offences
37Presumption as to possession of weights, measures, etc, for use for trade
38Act not to apply to water, electricity, or gas
39Restoration of articles seized
40Disposal of articles seized
40ACompensation for loss of perishable goods
41ARegulations for purposes of section 16A(3)
41BRegulations relating to infringement fees
43Repeals, revocations, and consequential amendments
Title [Repealed]

Title: repealed, on 18 December 2013, by section 4 of the Weights and Measures Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 145).