New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987

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Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987

Public Act
1987 No 86
Date of assent
8 June 1987
8 June 1987

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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


1Short Title
3Act to bind the Crown
4New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone
5Prohibition on acquisition of nuclear explosive devices
6Prohibition on stationing of nuclear explosive devices
7Prohibition on testing of nuclear explosive devices
8Prohibition of biological weapons
9Entry into internal waters of New Zealand
10Landing in New Zealand
11Visits by nuclear powered ships
12Passage through territorial sea and straits
14Offences and penalties
15Consent of Attorney-General to proceedings in relation to offences
16Establishment of Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control
17Functions and powers of Committee
18Membership of Committee
19Procedure of Committee
20Remuneration and travelling expenses
21Money to be appropriated by Parliament for purposes of this Act
22Interpretation [Repealed]
23Application of Part 2 of Marine Pollution Act 1974 [Repealed]
24New sections inserted [Repealed]
25Permits [Repealed]
26Amendment to Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968
27Amendment to Official Information Act 1982
28Amendment to Foreign Affairs Act 1983 [Repealed]
Reprint notes

An Act to establish in New Zealand a Nuclear Free Zone, to promote and encourage an active and effective contribution by New Zealand to the essential process of disarmament and international arms control, and to implement in New Zealand the following treaties:


the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty of 6 August 1985 (the text of which is set out in Schedule 1):


the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water of 5 August 1963 (the text of which is set out in Schedule 2):


the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1 July 1968 (the text of which is set out in Schedule 3):


the Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-bed and the Ocean floor and in the Subsoil Thereof of 11 February 1971 (the text of which is set out in Schedule 4):


the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction of 10 April 1972 (the text of which is set out in Schedule 5)