Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict) Act 2012

Version as at 28 October 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict) Act 2012

Public Act
2012 No 118
Date of assent
11 December 2012
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 for Culture and Heritage.


4Meaning of cultural property and enhanced protection property
5Occupation of territory
6Act binds the Crown
7Serious violation offences
8Acts ancillary to serious violation offences
9Jurisdiction in relation to offences outside New Zealand
10Superior orders
11Offences by commanders and superiors
12Penalties for Part 2 offences
14Interpretation of Part 3
15Removal of cultural property from occupied territory
16Acts ancillary to removal offences
17Dealing in smuggled property
18Penalties for Part 3 offences
19Liability to forfeiture
20Application of Customs and Excise Act 2018
21Police powers of entry and search
22Application for search warrant
23Form and content of search warrant
24Powers exercisable under search warrant
25Duty to announce entry and search
26Duty to give documents to occupier
27Inventory of items seized
28Deferral of or dispensation from notice obligations
29Seizure to be treated as seizure under Customs and Excise Act 2018
30Relationship with other powers
31Retention by Ministry
32Application for compensation
33Application in event of non-payment
34Return of cultural property
35Meaning of Convention emblem
36Unauthorised use of emblem
37Exceptions and defences
38Penalties for Part 4 offences
39Attorney-General’s consent required for prosecutions
40Liability of directors and officers of bodies corporate
42Relationship with other enactments, etc
44Consequential amendments to sections 12, 18, and 38 [Repealed]
45Amendment to Extradition Act 1999
46Amendment to Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981
47Amendment to Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: