Weights and Measures Regulations 1999

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Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Weights and Measures Regulations 1999

(SR 1999/373)

Michael Hardie Boys, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 18th day of October 1999

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Pursuant to sections 41 and 42 of the Weights and Measures Act 1987, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


1Title and commencement
3Applications for approval
5Grant of approval
6Weights, measures, etc, approved by overseas weights and measures authority
8Withdrawal of approval
9General requirements
10Inspector may require instrument to be dismantled
11Inspector may require assistance
12Disturbing influences
13Tested and approved weights, etc, to be stamped
14Mark of verification
17Requirements for accreditation
18Letters of accreditation
20Issue of certificates of accuracy
21Duration of certificates of accuracy
22Form of certificates of accuracy
23Cancellation of certificates of accuracy
24Permissible numerical values
25Marking of units of weight or measurement
26General requirements for carat metric weights
27General requirements for weights other than carat metric weights
28Permissible error
29All graduations to be verified
30Accuracy classes
31Permissible error
32Permissible error in relation to end surfaces
34Stamping of measures of volume
35Testing measures of volume
36Permissible error
37General requirements
38Permissible error
39Milk and cream bottles manufactured in batches
41Permissible error
42General requirements
43Permissible error
44General requirements
45Metal displacements
46Beer delivery measures required to measure in excess
47Permissible error
48General requirements
49Use of counterpoise or travelling poise
50Loose counterpoise weights
51Non-automatic weighing instruments
52Accuracy classes
53Verification scale interval
54Permissible error
55Zero-setting devices
59Test loads
60Eccentricity tests
61Semi-automatic weighing instruments
62Belt weighers
63Testing and inspection of belt weighers
65Permissible error
67General requirement
68Accuracy classes
69Fixed liquid fuel measuring instruments
70Liquid fuel measuring instruments dispensing LPG
71Liquid fuel measuring instruments fitted on delivery vehicles
72Fixed oil measuring instruments
73Permissible error
74Direct mass flow measuring instruments
75Length measuring instruments
76Leather measuring instruments
77Multidimensional measuring instruments
78Miscellaneous weighing or measuring instruments
79Marking of net weight or measure on goods
79AGeneral requirement to mark quantity on packages of food
79BAdditional requirement for marking on outer packaging
79CExemptions from regulations 79A and 79B
81Solid fuel to be sold by weight
82Solid fuel sold in open sacks
83Delivery loose in bulk
84BWeight, measure, or number of goods deemed to be in accordance with stated quantity
84CNon-standard package
84DInadequate package
84ESelection of sample
84FWeighted average quantity
85Weighing instruments used in abattoirs
86Infringement offences
86AInfringement fees
87Inspectors’ certificates of appointment
88Warrant to enter dwellinghouse [Revoked]
89Notices of non-compliance
90Infringement notices and reminder notices
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