The process to establish a rule

Read about the rigorous process that a rule must go through before it becomes law.

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Rules go through a rigorous drafting, consultation and review process before they become law. Rule amendments go through the same process.

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) develops maritime and marine protection rules on behalf of the Minister of Transport, under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Why we have new rules

The maritime and marine protection rules are statutory instruments (or secondary legislation) made by the Minister of Transport under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

While the Maritime Transport Act stipulates broad principles of maritime law, the rules contain detailed technical standards and procedures. Compliance with the rules is required because they form part of New Zealand maritime law. Failure to comply with the rules may be an offence under the act.

MNZ has the power to make emergency rules in certain circumstances, under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Rule development process

The rule-making process was introduced in 1995 when the Maritime Transport Act 1994 came into force.

The chart below shows the rule development process. New rules and rule amendments go through the same process.

Commenting on rules under consultation

The invitation to comment on a draft rule is advertised in major newspapers and in the New Zealand Gazette - the official newspaper of the New Zealand Government.

New Zealand Gazette[The Department of Internal Affairs]

You can view MNZ’s consultations that are open for comment as well as their associated consultation documents on this site. Those consultations that closed recently are also available as well as an explanation of our consultation process.

Public consultation

Viewing the final rules

All final rules are notified in the New Zealand Gazette and this website.

Rules come into force on the 28th day after notification in the New Zealand Gazette or at a later specified date.

Latest rule updates

Rules Amendments

The 2016 rule amendments correct minor errors contained in the rules to make them easier and clearer to read and understand.

View these amendments

About the rules

Maritime and marine protection rules contain detailed technical standards and procedures and form part of New Zealand’s maritime law.

Rules overview
 

Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about the maritime and marine protection rules, please phone our Domestic and International Policy team or email rules@maritimenz.govt.nz.

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