Version as at 28 October 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Wills Act 2007

Public Act
2007 No 36
Date of assent
28 August 2007
see section 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 Justice.


4Wills to which this Act applies
5Act binds the Crown
7Meaning of valid
8Meaning of will
9Persons who may make, change, revoke, and revive wills
10Persons under 18 who agree to marry or enter civil union
11Requirements for validity of wills
13Witnesses affected by dispositions made to them
14High Court may declare will valid
18Effect on will of will-maker marrying or entering civil union
19Effect on will of will-maker’s marriage or civil union ending
20Effect on will of will-maker dying
21Disposition of land
22Disposition of movable property
23Disposition to child
24Disposition to issue
25Disposition to unincorporated association of persons
26Disposition may encompass power of appointment
27Disposition of property already partly disposed of
28Disposition in fractional parts
29Residuary estate
30Mutual wills
32External evidence
33Definitions for this subpart
34Military or seagoing persons may do informal testamentary actions
35Oral informal testamentary actions
36Proof of informal testamentary actions
37Certificate as to application of this subpart
38Modification of provisions in application to wills of military or seagoing persons
39Wills of persons who die before 1 November 2007
40Wills made before 1 November 2007
40AApplication of Wills Amendment Act 2012
41Consequential amendments