25 Expenses or capital expenditure may be incurred in emergencies

(1)

This section applies if—

(a)

a state of emergency is declared under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002; or

(b)

a situation occurs that affects the public health or safety of New Zealand or any part of New Zealand that the Government declares to be an emergency.

(2)

The Minister may approve expenses or capital expenditure to be incurred to meet the emergency or disaster and, whether or not there is an appropriation by Parliament available for the purpose and despite sections 4, 8, and 9, the expenses or capital expenditure may be incurred accordingly.

(3)

[Repealed]

(4)

Public money may be spent, without further authority than this section, for the purpose of meeting expenses or capital expenditure incurred in accordance with subsection (2) that have not been appropriated.

(5)

A statement about any expenses and capital expenditure incurred under this section in any financial year that have not been appropriated must be included in—

(a)

the annual financial statements of the Government; and

(b)

an Appropriation Bill for confirmation by Parliament.

(6)

Subsection (5) does not limit the validity of any expenses or capital expenditure incurred under this section.

Section 25: substituted, on 25 January 2005, by section 7 of the Public Finance Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 113).

Section 25(1)(a): replaced, at 9.59 pm on 29 November 2016, by section 42 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 88).

Section 25(3): repealed, on 18 July 2013, by section 14 of the Public Finance Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 50).