Legislation & Law

New Zealand Legislation

The New Zealand Legislation website contains New Zealand Acts, Bills, and Regulations.

The site is updated regularly by the Parliamentary Counsel Office.

Search or browse, read and download, free of charge, from in your library or from home. 

www.legislation.govt.nz

Reference Collections

Our Reference Collections include:

  • General reference works on most subjects
  • Dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, both general and subject specific
  • Telephone and business directories
  • Electoral rolls (New Zealand)
  • Motor manuals (Hastings only)
  • New Zealand Statutes & Regulations (Hastings only)
  • Local Government consultation documents
  • Maps, atlases
  • Databases online include: Brookers WestLaw, Fundview & Breakout, genealogy databases and many others

Community Law Centres

Community Law Centres provide a range of community legal services including:

  • legal advice
  • legal assistance and representation
  • legal information
  • legal education
  • law reform activities

 Their website www.communitylaw.org.nz  provides:

  • free legal information in the Community Law Manual which can be used in our libraries (no charge)
  • links to useful websites
  • contact details for local community law centres throughout Aotearoa New Zealand

Hawkes Bay Community Law Centre - Ture Amo Kura O Heretaunga

For contact details see: www.hblaw.org.nz 

Community Law Manual

The Community Law Manual is available free online at the Community Law website:  www.communitylaw.org.nz

The manual is at www.communitylaw.org.nz/community-law-manual and may be access for no charge at our libraries.

This website provides up-to-date information on a huge range of topics, including:

  • Police, crime - courts, traffic
  • Problems at work - employment and the benefit system - entitlement, applying, rates etc
  • Housings, homes, animals - tenancy, neighbour disputes
  • Money matters
  • Dealing with the legal system - NZ legal system, Community organisations & the law,  Legal aid
  • Families - relationships, children, domestic violence,
  • Buying and selling - consumer, Disputes Tribunal
  • Māori land
  • Protecting what's yours - wills, protection of personal & property rights when you can't manage your own affairs
  • Young people
  • Your rights
  • Health and social care - Health, Disability & Mental Health, Accident Compensation, Benefit rights

BriefCase & ViewCase

Brookers BriefCase

A comprehensive index of over 120,000 cases, sourced from a variety of New Zealand Courts and Tribunals and updated daily.

ViewCase

Gives access to full text PDFs of over 63,000 judgements from the Privy Council New Zealand Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court. The PDFs are generally searchable and may be downloaded for printing purposes. Updated daily.  

(Note: Look for the link to ViewCase at the top of each case. Click on the link to open a pdf of the judgement.)

Access from our Databases >>

Access Notes: Available in our libraries (no charge). For assistance in using the database, please ask at Hastings Library.

Brookers Online Databases

Brookers Online databases give access to New Zealand legislation and case law

Access from our databases page: Brookers-online-databases

Includes:

  • Building Cases and Law in NZ
  • Case Law - using Briefcase and Viewcase
  • Criminal cases, legislation & commentary
  • Environmental cases, legislation & commentary
  • NZ Law Partner Legislation & Cases
    • Bills of NZ
    • Statues of NZ
    • Regulations of NZ
    • Local & Private Statutes of NZ
    • Assent legislation
    • BriefCase & Viewcase
    • NZ Case Law Digest (archived)

(Note: Look for the link to ViewCase at the top of each case.  Click on the link to open a pdf of the judgement)

Judicial Decisions Online

Judicial Decisions Online is provided by the Ministry of Justice.

A searchable database of judgments and decisions sourced from New Zealand Courts and Tribunals.  More...

  • Supreme Court (all)
  • Court of Appeal (all cases from 2003)
  • High Court (all cases from 2005)

http://jdo.justice.govt.nz/jdo/Search.jsp  

Justices of the Peace - JPs

Do you need help from a Justice of the Peace?  Local JPs are available in Hastings Library, Havelock North Library and Hastings Courthouse at the following times:

Hastings Library –  Tuesday afternoons, 2pm - 4pm (as part of the Information Marketplace).

Havelock North LibrarySaturday mornings, 10am - 12 noon (Community Room)  Read more... 

The New Zealand Legal System

The New Zealand legal system has two main sources:

  • Statute law, or Acts of Parliament - law made by Parliament.  In New Zealand this is the highest form of law, and can overide law made by courts
  • Law Courts   

There are three branches of Government :

  • The Legislature - makes law
  • The Executive -  initiates and administers law
  • The Judiciary - applies law

Find out more about our legal system at the Ministry of Justice website: http://www.justice.govt.nz/publications/global-publications/t/the-new-zealand-legal-system

WestLaw NZ

Library Access

Conditions:
Access from library only

WestLaw NZ gives access to New Zealand legislation and case law.

Available in our libraries (no charge). For assistance in using the database, please ask at Hastings Library.

New Zealand Acts As Enacted

Historic Acts of Parliament  - especially for researchers!

A new website containing the New Zealand Acts 1841-2007 As-Enacted Collection is now available at: www.nzlii.org/nz/legis/hist_act

Please note:

  • The Acts do not include any later amendments
  • There is no mention whether or not the Acts have been repealed

For current legislation and repealed legislation, visit the New Zealand Legislation website.

The Acts are in PDF format. 

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