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Name: New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (1990 No. 109).
Country: New Zealand
Subject(s): Human rights
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1990-08-28
Entry into force:
ISN: NZL-1990-L-54444
Bibliography: Constitutions of the Countries of the World, 2007-12, Gisbert H. Flanz, ed., Oceana Publications, Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA, pp. 1-9
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Abstract/Citation: The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act places limits on the actions of those in government (including government departments, the judiciary, state-owned enterprises and local authorities) that interfere with the rights of individuals. The Bill of Rights Act also protects the rights of non-natural persons, for example, companies and incorporated societies.

All new legislation is examined to see if it is consistent with the rights and freedoms affirmed by the Bill of Rights Act. If there are any inconsistencies, then the government is required to provide a justification for the limits placed on these rights. The Attorney-General must report any inconsistencies with the Bill of Rights Act to Parliament when the legislation is introduced.

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