Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Act 1999

5 Powers to be exercised with proper respect for cultural identity and personal beliefs
  • The principal Act is amended by repealing section 5, and substituting the following section:

    • (1) This section applies to—

      • (a) A court, tribunal, or person exercising a power under this Act in respect of a person; and

      • (b) A court or tribunal conducting proceedings under this Act in respect of a person.

      (2) The power must be exercised, or the proceedings conducted,—

      • (a) With proper recognition of the importance and significance to the person of the person's ties with his or her family, whanau, hapu, iwi, and family group; and

      • (b) With proper recognition of the contribution those ties make to the person's wellbeing; and

      • (c) With proper respect for the person's cultural and ethnic identity, language, and religious or ethical beliefs.