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What are Acts, Bills, Legislative Instruments, and Supplementary Order Papers (SOPs)? What are Other Instruments?
What are Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations?
What is a reprint?

What are "shattering statutes"?

What are Acts, Bills, Legislative Instruments, and Supplementary Order Papers (SOPs)? What are Other Instruments?

For Acts, Bills, Legislative Instruments, and Other Instruments, see About legislation.

SOPs are published documents that set out proposed amendments to a Bill. See also How do I find a particular Bill or Supplementary Order Paper (SOP)?

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What are Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations?

These are terms that, since provisions of the Legislation Act 2012 came into force on 5 August 2013, are no longer in use. Legislation of these types are now known as Legislative Instruments and Other Instruments respectively. See About legislation.

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What is a reprint?

A reprint is a copy of an Act or Legislative Instrument that incorporates all amendments made to it as at the date of the publication of the reprint.

More information about reprints. See also How do I get a copy of a reprinted Act or Legislative Instrument?

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What are "shattering statutes"?

The phrase "shattering statutes" has been coined to describe the volumes of New Zealand Acts of 1888 to 1894. They were printed on acid paper that has deteriorated over the years, and are now in many cases so brittle that the pages disintegrate when handled.

To preserve access to these important historical documents, the PCO has published hard copy facsimile editions of the original volumes that are available from Legislation Direct.

We have also published the Acts online in PDF format through NZLII, the New Zealand Legal Information Institute.

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