Customs Import Prohibition (Offensive Weapons) Order 2021

2021/215

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Customs Import Prohibition (Offensive Weapons) Order 2021

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 16th day of August 2021

Present:
The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern presiding in Council

This order is made under section 96 of the Customs and Excise Act 2018

(a)

on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and

(b)

on the recommendation of the Minister of Customs made after being satisfied of the matter set out in section 96(5) of that Act.

Order

1 Title

This order is the Customs Import Prohibition (Offensive Weapons) Order 2021.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force on 1 October 2021.

3 Transitional, savings, and related provisions

The transitional, savings, and related provisions (if any) set out in Schedule 1 have effect according to their terms.

4 Importation of offensive weapons prohibited

(1)

The importation of the goods specified in Schedule 2 is prohibited.

(2)

However, a person may import those goods if the person—

(a)

has the consent of the Commissioner of Police; and

(b)

does so in accordance with the terms of that consent.

Schedule 1 Transitional, savings, and related provisions

cl 3

Part 1 Provisions relating to this order as made

There are no transitional, savings, or related provisions relating to this order as made.

Schedule 2 Offensive weapons prohibited from importation

cl 4

1

Knuckledusters, knives incorporating knuckledusters, swordsticks (including, without limitation, any identifiable components of swordsticks), and any weapon disguised to give the appearance of another article.

2

Any knife having a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife (sometimes known as a flick knife or flick gun).

3

Any knife having a blade that is released from the handle or sheath by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force, and that, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever, or other device (sometimes known as a gravity knife or butterfly knife).

4

Any knife, with the exception of a folding pocket knife with a blade less than 10 cm in length, that—

(a)

is designed for ease of concealment on the person; or

(b)

has a blade with at least 2 edges that is designed or suitable for stabbing or throwing (as opposed to cutting); or

(c)

is a knife of any of the kinds sometimes known as a fist knife, gimlet knife, punch dagger, push dagger, push dirk, push knife, T-handled knife, or throwing knife.

5

Bayonets.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order is made under the Customs and Excise Act 2018 and prohibits the importation of certain weapons without the consent of the Commissioner of Police. The prohibited weapons are those listed in Schedule 2.

This order comes into force on 1 October 2021 and continues the prohibition in clause 3 and the Schedule of the Customs Import Prohibition Order 2017, which expires at the close of 30 September 2021.

This order is a confirmable instrument under section 47B of the Legislation Act 2012. It will be revoked at the close of 31 December 2022, unless earlier confirmed by an Act of Parliament. That stated time is the applicable deadline under section 47C(1)(b) of that Act. If the order is confirmed, it will remain in force until revoked or amended.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 19 August 2021.

This order is administered by the New Zealand Customs Service.