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Parliamentary Counsel Office


We take pride in high quality drafting and in making legislation accessible to all.

David Noble
Chief Parliamentary Counsel

  • The Attorney-General has announced the establishment of the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee. View the media statement »
  • A new version of the clauses for standard elements of Treaty settlement Bills has been released. More »
  • The Attorney-General has announced the reappointment of David Noble as Chief Parliamentary Counsel to 6 May 2016. View the media statement »
  • The PCO's performance measures for the 2015/16 year are now available.
  • The table of legislation waiting to be brought into force by Order in Council has been updated as at 1 April 2015. View the table »
  • We have made some changes to the format of legislation and to the New Zealand Legislation website. More »

About the PCO

About the PCO.

We draft legislation to support the Government's legislative programme. Our goal is legislation that is effective, clear, consistent with other legislation, and adheres to legal principle. And we publish legislation in hard copy and online.

Learn about our role, working at the PCO, and our corporate publications.

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Find legislation: online, on the New Zealand Legislation website or through other sources. Find where you can buy printed legislation.

Learn more about legislation: about the different types of Acts and Legislative Instruments, and about reprints of legislation.

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Instructing the PCO

Instructing the PCO.

Information for agencies that instruct the PCO in the development of legislation.

Resources include the Guide to Working with the PCO, Principles of clear drafting, information on supplying forms and graphics for publication in legislation, and how to notify Legislative Instruments for publication.

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