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- 3 strikes NZ
Information about the implications of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011, and how to reduce one's risks under this legislation. Includes a forum, and a critique of the law and its impact on civil liberties and freedom of information.
- Agentsanswers : tax agents update
Newsletter for tax agents published by Inland Revenue about operational and technical issues related to tax accounting. All issues available in full-text.
- Auckland District Law Society
Auckland District Law Society is a statutory body set up under the Law Practitioners Act 1982. It is made up of everyone who holds a current practising certificate, as a barrister or as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court, practising in the area north of the line drawn between Thames in the East and Pukekohe in the West. The site features, Society information and services,You and the law, Community agencies, Legal topics, Media releases and an online version of the Society's weekly, Law news. There are organised pages of domestic and international legal links.
- Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society
An interdisciplinary group of scholars, the Society publishes a bulletin twice each year, which contains details of the annual conferences and meetings, and lists publications. The site profiles its conference papers, student essay prize.
- Brookers a Thomson company
Publishers of New Zealand legal, tax, accounting, human resources and business information. Free access available to Court of Appeal judgments and Brooker's Law Directory.
- Building Officials' Institutes of New Zealand
BOINZ established to promote excellence in the administration of building controls and construction. Has a national office and eight branches nation-wide, representing over 700 members engaged in building controls in both the public and private sectors.
- CCH New Zealand Limited
Publishing house supplying up-to-date tax, business and legal information.
- Censorship in New Zealand : information for students
Describes how censorship in New Zealand works for films, books, magazines, music, computer technology, games, and cellphones. Explains censorship legislation, discusses the history of censorship, and describes research carried out by the Classification Office.
- Centre for Environmental Law
New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL) was created to build on the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law's expertise in the area of environmental law and resource management law. Includes list of courses, New Zealand environmental law resources and information about the New Zealand journal of environmental law.
- Christchurch Court news
News about court cases at Christchurch District and High Courts. Includes some legal and home security advice, and a searchable news archive.
- Civics education = Mātauranga taha ture
Overviews of New Zealand's court, criminal and civil justice systems, information for victims of crime, and ideas and resources for teachers.
- College of Law = Te Whare Kura Ture o Aotearoa
Information for prospective students about the College's Professional Legal Studies Course online.
- Commerce Commission
The Commerce Commission exists to bring about awareness and acceptance of, and ensure compliance with, the Commerce and Fair Trading Acts, so that consumers and producers benefit from healthy competition.
- Community law : CL : free legal help throughout Aotearoa
Site of the Community Law Centres o Aotearoa (CLCA) provides information about Community law and Community Law Centres, a directory of Community Law Centres in New Zealand, a Community law manual, and an online community law library.
- Continuing Legal Education
CLE is a company owned by the New Zealand Law Society, which provides professional development training for lawyers. Site includes information about courses and publications, and an online shop.
- Copyright Council of New Zealand
The site provides information about Council members, the Copyright Act 1994, ownership of copyright, moral rights, performers' rights, the Copyright Tribunal, and overseas copyright.
- Copyright Licensing Limited
Provides general information about copyright and the copying of extracts from printed published works such as books, journals and periodicals in New Zealand. Describes licence schemes operated by CLL.
- Courts of New Zealand = Ngā Kōti o Aoteroa [i.e. Aotearoa]
Information about the the role, history and structure of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and district courts. Includes court sitting calendars, upcoming cases, case summaries, judicial decisions, and Supreme Court transcripts. Sections for court users, media, legal professionals and students.
- Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
Information about CCANZ, and it's work to develop Creative Commons licences, a system of copyright protection for creators and users of digital content.
- Creative Freedom NZ
Advocates on behalf of artists to bring about changes to copyright law. Includes information about current laws and the organisation's goals and online petition forms.
- Criminal Bar Association of New Zealand Inc.
Takes an active role in law reform issues, particularly in such areas as legislative change, individual rights and freedoms, and as well prison reform. This website is intended as a resource material to enable the public to access information on issues presently in the news or before the Courts and also as a point of contact to "find a lawyer" for advice. Members of the Association have access to a practitioners only area of the site for professional updates and legal writing.
- Crown Law Office
The Crown Law Office provides legal advice and representation to the New Zealand Government, its departments, ministries and agencies in matters affecting the Crown. The site includes online resources.
- Debates (Hansard)
Free access to the final version of Parliament's debates. After the Hansard Advances have been checked for accuracy, they are added to the main Hansard debates.
Promotes understanding of New Zealand and Pacific systems of government and law. Includes news, educational worksheets for school students, overview of New Zealand politics and law, and directories of cultural diversity and citizenship education.
- Directory of decisions
Aims to list the Courts, Tribunals, Statutory Authorities, and other such bodies in New Zealand which make legal or quasi-legal decisions and reports. Provides, or links to, brief information on their jurisdiction; governing legislation; administering bodies; contact details; the availability of reported (published) and unreported (unpublished) decisions; information on indexes to the decisions; and library holdings of decisions. Links to New Zealand Government Online.
- Employment law database
Searchable reports of cases from the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), Employment Court and related jurisdictions since 1976. Includes determinations of the ERA since 2005.
- Environment Court
A single national court which sites in different parts of the country. Has information about the Court and procedure, its judges and commissioners and a database of decisions. Has information to download.
- Faculty of Law : Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand = Te Whare Wānanga o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Aotearoa : Te Kauhanganui Tatai Ture
Information for prospective, undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and academics. Information on courses; programmes; staff; VUW Law Alumni Chapter; Law Library. The table of contents for the Law Review past issues are available.
Newsletter for businesses published by Inland Revenue about issues relating to fringe benefit tax (FBT). All issues available in full-text.
- Fines on-line
Site where you can pay your fine or check if you've got one, learn about your rights and obligations, order publications, and get help with inquiries.
- Gambling Commission New Zealand
Website of the Commission which hears casino licensing applications and appeals made in relation to gambling activities. Includes policies, procedures, application forms, decisions, fees, legislation, news and reports.
- Guide to Parliament and government
The guide is in four sections: the "big picture" of New Zealand's parliamentary system in its historical and social context, "how Parliament works" with detailed information about parliamentary processes, "how government works" with information about how the machinery of government operates, and "how law works," which outlines the legal system in New Zealand and rights possessed by citizens.
Provides general legal information and offers a choice of legal or accounting practitioners from whom more detail or information on a particular topic may be sought via email for a fixed fee.
- Inland Revenue = Te Tari Taake
Government site, with forms, tax information bulletins and other information for businesses and individuals.
- Institute of Professional Legal Studies
The Institute of Professional Legal Studies provides practical training for law graduates, before admission to the bar, in the professional roles and responsibilities of lawyers, and skills needed for legal practice. This site includes a handbook of courses and requirements.
- JPFed.org.nz : Royal Federation of Justices' Association (Inc)
Information on the role of JP's; a brief history; and links to lists of JP's and marriage celebrants in New Zealand.
- Justice hot tub : discussion and debate on the New Zealand criminal justice system
The Justice Hot Tub is an initiative of the Sensible Sentencing Trust and was founded by members Garth McVicar, Greg King, Gil Elliot and Stephen Franks. Includes articles and discussion on a variety of criminal justice issues.
- Keeping it legal : legal responsibilities of voluntary organisations in New Zealand = E ai ki te ture
Resource providing information for organisations, groups, trusts and societies about their legal obligations.
- Law access
LawAccess is an online resource for New Zealand law related information.
- Law Commission = Te Aka Matua o te Ture
The Law Commission undertakes the systematic review, reform and development of New Zealand law. Site includes a corporate profile, current work programme, publications in PDF format, newsletter, press releases, speeches and papers, and a search facility.
- Law Foundation
The New Zealand Law Foundation is an independent trust established by the New Zealand Law Society. The Foundation provides grants for legal research, public education on legal matters and legal training.
Lawlink network links over 250 lawyers in 14 independent mid-size law practices throughout New Zealand, specialising in almost every branch of the law. In addition to providing information about Lawlink's services, this site includes commentaries on legal issues and links to Lawlink newsletters, other periodicals, reviews, international newspapers, trade magazines, Reuters news and bank tabloids
- Laws 179 : fairness and justice
Blog of issues in law and government raised in courses in the Law Faculty. Includes access to details of course coverage, along with archive of past blogs.
- Legal Māori archive = he pātaka kupu ture
This collection of mostly Māori language documents shows how Western law was communicated to and used by Māori in the 19th century.
- Legal Research Foundation
An independent, non-profit body associated with The University of Auckland Faculty of Law. It promotes legal education, research, and law reform by running seminars and conferences for the legal and academic communities and publishes the New Zealand Law review.
- LeGaLE : Lesbian and Gay Legal Equality
A group which promotes equality under the law for lesbians and gays. Includes a selective index of New Zealand and international news items.
Publisher of New Zealand legal publications with online catalogue. Online publications for subscriber access only.
- Māori custom and values in New Zealand law
Full-text (in PDF format) of this Law Commission report. The purpose of the report is to examine how Māori custom and values impact on current New Zealand law and to how give effect to Māori values in the laws in the future.
- Māori customary fisheries
The regulations governing customary, i.e. non-commercial fishing by Maori, under the Fisheries Settlement Act 1992.
- Māori customary law bibliography
This bibliography lists materials held in the University of Waikato Library which provide information on Māori customary law and legal issues concerning Māori.
- Māori Land Court = Te Kooti Whenua Māori
The court holds information about historical Māori title, ownership information and adoptions, probates and letters of administration. Includes searchable online database of land and ownership information, Māori Land Online (MLOL).
- Māori land legislation database
Provides a summary of all New Zealand legislation since 1840 (including private and local acts) which has affected Māori or Māori land. Brief notes on the historical context and impact of each act cited, with references to other Government publications.
- Māori land online / Māori Land Court = Te Kooti Whenua Māori
A database of current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land under the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court. Encompasses Māori customary and freeholdland, general land owned by Māori, Crown land reserved for Māori and some treaty settlement reserves, mahingā kai and fishing rights areas. Includes owner interest search, block search, and map search facilities.
- Māori law review : a monthly review of law affecting Māori
Reports on law affecting Māori. Includes Māori land law, Waitangi Tribunal, other courts and tribunals and Parliamentary activity.
- Māori legal sites
Guide to resources for Māori legal research. Some of the books and databases listed here are available to University of Waikato students only.
- Mātāhauariki : laws and institutions for Aotearoa/New Zealand
Newsletter of Te Mātāhauariki Institute, which researches ways the legal system of Aotearoa/New Zealand can evolve to accommodate the values and concepts of both its major cultures. Issues available in full-text.
- Marie Dyhrberg
Marie Dyhrberg's articles and papers presented at the International Bar Association.
- Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
Provides a list of current office holders and activities, a brief history of the Association. Also provides text of previous conferences papers and publications of the Association.
- Ministry of Justice = Tāhū o te Ture
Provides an overview of the Ministry and New Zealand Courts and their services. Media releases and newsletters, online copies of all publications from September 1997 and references to some earlier reports.
- MLAANZ news / Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
Published by the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, MLAANZ News discusses problems affecting maritime law, its administration and reform. It considers the efforts of domestic and international institutions to bring about the unification of maritime and commercial law, maritime customs, usages and practices, and a greater harmony in the shipping laws, regulations and practices of different nations. Issues are available in full-text.
- My.lawsociety : the website for New Zealand lawyers
Provides information on membership of the New Zealand Law Society. Includes news, articles, professional information, events for lawyers.
- New Zealand Association for Comparative Law : [Web site]
About NZACL. Also includes a list of yearbook, with some fulltext content.
- New Zealand Bar Association
Information about the New Zealand Bar Association, an incorporated society of lawyers/attorneys who practice at a separate bar, in sole practie. Includes press releases, submissions, discussion papers, and news.
- New Zealand Centre for Public Law = Te Wānanga o ngā Kaupapa Ture ā Iwi o Aotearoa
In addition to information about the Centre, the site provides online publications on New Zealand law, and section covering both current and previous news and events.
- New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives Inc.
- New Zealand journal of public and international law
Site of the refereed journal published by the New Zealand Centre for Public Law at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington. Site has contents pages of current and previous issues; submission critera and subscription information.
- New Zealand Justice Information Strategy
About the information strategy developed by justice agencies in New Zealand to management and exchange justice sector information which has had major improvements since it was first launched in 1996.
- New Zealand Law Librarians' Assoc.
NZLLA is the professional organisation for those working with legal information in New Zealand. Includes information about NZLL, projects, careers and professional events. An online newsletter is available; also a discussion forum.
- New Zealand law review
Published quarterly by the Legal Research Foundation, the New Zealand Law Review includes refereed articles by leading New Zealand and international scholars, along with annual and biennial reviews of the major areas of the law, written by specialist contributing editors. The web site provides titles and some abstracts of articles/reviews in issues from 2000 to the present.
- New Zealand Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society is a professional association which represents all practising lawyers in New Zealand. In addition to information about NZLS, the web site provides information about legal practice in New Zealand; general information on aspects of law in New Zealand; indexes for and some articles from the newsletter LawTalk; details of continuing education seminars; and sections of the Law Society.
- New Zealand Legal Information Institute
NZII is a joint project of the University of Otago Faculty of Law, the Victoria University Faculty of Law, and the Australasian Legal Information Institute. Provides free access to legal information and databases on all aspects of New Zealand law.
- New Zealand legislation
PAL Project site provides free public access to unofficial versions of New Zealand statutes (public, local, and private acts) and statutory regulations. The site is updated by the Parliamentary Counsel Office, which drafts and publishes most New Zealand legislation.
- New Zealand maritime law
Provides access to case law and legislation relating to maritime law in New Zealand.
- New Zealand refugee law - RefNZ
RefNZ is a database of all the decisions of New Zealand's Refugee Status Appeals Authority (RSAA), the full-text of leading decisions and Practice notes of the RSAA. Also abstracts of New Zealand High Court and Court of Appeal cases dealing with refugee issues, links to leading refugee law decisions from other countries, papers on New Zealand refugee jurisprudence, and a dedicated forum for comment on current refugee issues.
- New Zealand Trustees Association
The principal purpose of the association is the improvement of trustee resources for the overall benefit of the fiduciary sector. The NZTA recognises 23 major categories of trusteeship: arts, charitable, commercial, community, corporate, education, energy, estate, family, heritage, investment, licensing, Māori, medical, off shore, philanthropic, recreation, religion, sport, statutory, superannuation, and unit trusts. The web site provides information on the association and its levels of subscription and membership. It lists corporate members, boards and trusts represented, and supplies application forms.
- New Zealand universities law review
New Zealand Universities Law Review is published twice a year and contains refereed articles and book reviews. Preference is given to articles on New Zealand law, general principles of common law, and international law. The site provides the contents pages of the current and previous issues, as well as information on subscribing to the print edition.
- NZ journal of environmental law
New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law (NZJEL) is published by the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. Articles focus on environmental and natural resources law, while case-notes, legislation notes, and book reviews are also included. Abstracts of articles from each issue are available.
- Office of the Ombudsmen = Te Tari-o-Ngā Kaitiaki Mana Tangata
The Ombudsmen investigate complaints about the actions and decisions of central and local government agencies. The site includes information on making a complaint and online publications.
- Parliamentary Counsel Office = Te Tari Tohutohu Pāremata
PCO is New Zealand's law drafting office responsible for drafting and publishing most New Zealand legislation. Site includes information about New Zealand legislation and access to it.
- Phonographic Performances NZ : PPNZ : music licenses for businesses
Information about PPNZ's work to license the broadcasting and performance of sound and video recordings, and to distributing income back to the rights owners. Includes details about how to obtain broadcast licenses, public performance licenses, copyright clearances, and about the Recording Artist & Producer (RAP) Fund.
- PMCA : Print Media Copyright Agency
Provides licences to organisations wanting to photocopy, fax or electronically distribute newspapers and magazine articles. How to apply for a licence, pricing, licence terms, the PMCA·s distribution methodology, FAQs.
- Policing New Zealand
Section of crime.co.nz site not authorised or related to the New Zealand Police. Site includes a history of the New Zealand Police; information on the Police Complaints Authority and the police/government relationship; a memorial to New Zealand police killed in action; and a review of the New Zealand Police Museum.
- Propertylawyers.org.nz : do the right thing : site of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society
Outlines property law issues and the processes involved when buying and selling property. Provides access to articles, pamphlets and FAQs to download and to a database of property lawyers in New Zealand.
- Resource management journal : official journal of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc
The Resource Management Journal is published by the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand. It provides up-to-date articles on resource management issues (mainly from members), and is designed to keep members advised of current law and practice on all aspects of resource management matters. All issues are available in full-text.
- Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc.
Information about the Association and its membership is provided, along with access to Association publications and submissions and links to environmental and resource management related sites.
- School of Law = Te Wāhanga Ture
University of Waikato's School of Law courses, staff, research, student information, alumni, news, publications (back issues of the Waikato law review available online), information about Hamilton. The Law Library has databases and electronic resources available only to staff and students.
- School of Law, University of Canterbury
Information on courses, degrees, overseas students information, staff, alumni, seminars and professional training, Centre for Commercial & Corporate Law. The Canterbury Law Review page has tables of contents for past issues, guide for contributors, subscription information and feature article. Link to Law Library (with portal to legal resources).
- Takeovers Panel : [web site]
This site provides information about the Takeovers Act 1993, the Takeovers Code and the Takeovers Panel. Contains legislation, exemption notices, press releases, and publications in PDF format.
- Tax information bulletin
Tax Information Bulletins (TIBs) contain information about changes to tax-related legislation, proposed legislation, judgments, rulings and other specialist tax topics. All issues available in full-text.
- Te Hunga Roia Māori O Aotearoa = The Māori Law Society Inc
THRMOA maintains database of Māori lawyers, ensures effective networking, makes submissions, ensures representation on selected committees and organises national hui.
- Te Mātāhauariki Research Institute
The Project is to consider ways in which the legal system of Aotearoa/New Zealand might better reflect the values and concepts of the country's two major cultures.
- TheyWorkForYou.co.nz : keeping tabs on Aotearoa New Zealand's Parliament
Volunteer-run website that monitors the activity of New Zealand's Parliament. Includes details of current bills being debated, recent questions for oral answers, and parliamentary dates going back to November 2005.
- Towards a Māori criminal justice system / by Noaia Arena Napia
Joint Methodist-Presbyterian Public Questions Committee occasional paper, to begin to explore the concept of a Māori criminal justice system. A discussion paper rather than a position paper.
- University of Auckland Faculty of Law
The web site provides: student information, LLB prospectus, a staff list, and information about postgraduate studies. It also includes an online research centre and the Davis Law Library resources. It provides links to law related associations, the Legal Research Foundation, the New Zealand law review, the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, and Commercial Law.
- Victoria University of Wellington law review
The Victoria University of Wellington Law Review is New Zealand's oldest university law review, and publishes legal articles of relevance to New Zealand, the Pacific Region, and the world. Articles of back issues available in full-text.
- Waikato law review = Taumauri
A refereed peer review journal published by the University of Waikato Te Piringa - Faculty of Law. All issues available in full-text.
- Waitangi Tribunal = Te Rōpū Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi
A permanent commission of inquiry. Information about the Tribunal and the claims process. Includes reports.
- Wellington Women Lawyers Association
Works mainly for the equal opportunity and advancement of women in the study and practice of law.
- www.dogsafety.govt.nz : all about safety with dogs
Site includes safety, legal responsibilities, training, etc. It can be navigated without a mouse and is pitched toward children and adults.
- YES : the New Zealand Police Youth Education Service
The New Zealand Police Youth Education Service promotes individual safety to young people, families, teachers and school communities. Police Education Officers work in partnership with teachers to achieve this goal. The web site provides information on teaching programmes and resources, and support for teachers.
- Yes vote : for a law that's working
Site promoting a "yes" vote to the 2009 postal referendum on child discipline. Discusses the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007; includes news, resources, parenting tips and suggestions for action.
The YouthLaw site provides information about children and youth (up to 25 years) rights: with police, school, family, at work, as a consumer, on the road and with drugs and alcohol. Links to further help.