Reprints are printed copies of Acts and Statutory Regulations that incorporate all amendments made to them as at the date of publication of the reprint. The Act that governs the PCO, the Statutes Drafting and Compilation Act 1920, provides that the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and Compiler of Statutes is responsible for ensuring that these compiled versions of principal legislation are produced and published.
Reprints are published according to the PCO reprinting policy, which is used to establish an annual reprinting programme. An annual reprints survey contributes to establishing the programme. In preparing reprints, the PCO follows certain editorial conventions.
Reprints are now published only in pamphlet form. The pamphlet format replaces the bound Reprinted Statutes of New Zealand Series (the brown volumes), the last volume of which (Volume 42) was published in 2003. Reprints of Statutory Regulations are no longer included in the Statutory Regulations Series under a new number.
The format of reprints has been redesigned so that they simply present the law as is, without the convention of using square brackets or ellipses, etc, to highlight individual amendments. History notes have been retained so that users may trace the origin of particular amendments.
Reprints are available from Legislation Direct (the PCO's contracted printer and distributor of legislation) individually or on subscription. Please contact Legislation Direct for details. Reprints are also available from selected retail outlets and from many public libraries.
Online reprinted Acts published between November 2002 and 2007, and reprinted Statutory Regulations published between October 2003 and 2007, are available free on the Knowledge Basket website.