Regulations notified in NZ Gazette on 31 May 2012

The following regulations were notified in the New Zealand Gazette published on 31 May 2012:

Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/100): Made pursuant to section 16 of the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Act 2008. In force 1 January 2013. Refine the administration of the public lending right for New Zealand authors scheme.

Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/101): Made pursuant to section 16B(1) of the Family Courts Act 1980 and section 187 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980. In force 1 July 2012. Amend the Family Courts Fees Regulations 2009 to prescribe fees for filing an application under the Care of Children Act 2004 for a parenting order, or for the variation or discharge of a parenting order; filing one or more applications under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976; and the hearing of an application under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. The principal regulations prescribe the circumstances in which a Registrar may waive, postpone, or refund a fee (for example, a Registrar may waive the fee payable by an applicant if he or she is satisfied that the applicant is unable to pay the fee).

Alcohol Advisory Council Levy Order 2012 (SR 2012/102): Made pursuant to section 27(1) of the Alcohol Advisory Council Act 1976. In force 1 July 2012. Sets out the amount of Alcohol Advisory Council levy for the 2012/2013 financial year for each class of liquor described in the Alcohol Advisory Council Act 1976 and the variable rates that the Act requires the Minister to set annually for each of three classes of liquor.

Rates Rebate (Specified Amounts) Order 2012 (SR 2012/103): Made pursuant to section 3(2) of the Rates Rebate Act 1973. In force 1 July 2012. Amends section 3(1) of the Rates Rebate Act 1973. Section 3(1) provides for the payment of rates rebates to certain residential ratepayers. This order increases the maximum rebate from $580 to $590 and the income abatement threshold for calculating rebates from $23,240 to $23,650.

Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Rate of Parental Leave Payment) Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/104): Made pursuant to section 73(1)(ac) and (ada) of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987. In force 1 July 2012. Adjust the amount specified in section 71M(1)(a) and (1A)(a) of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987. The amount of $458.82 per week must be adjusted by 1 July 2012 by any percentage movement upwards in average ordinary time weekly earnings. These regulations adjust the amount to $475.16. These regulations also set, for the purposes of section 71M(1A)(b)(ii) of the Act, the minimum amount payable to a self-employed person. The amount is set at $135.00 per week. The amounts apply to parental leave payments payable on and after 1 July 2012.

Immigration (Carriers' Information Obligations) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/105): Made pursuant to sections 400 and 402 of the Immigration Act 2009. In force 1 July 2012. Add the type of travel document to the information that a carrier of a person to New Zealand must obtain from the person.

Immigration (Carriers' Infringement Offences, Fees, and Forms) Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/106): Made pursuant to section 400 of the Immigration Act 2009. In force 1 July 2012. Prescribe infringement offences, fees, and forms for offences in the Immigration Act 2009.

Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/107): Made pursuant to sections 400 to 402 of the Immigration Act 2009. In force 2 July 2012. Amend the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010. The amendments refine the definition of dependent child to include, in the case of an application for a residence class visa or a variation of travel conditions in respect of a resident visa, a child who is financially independent, is at least 18 years old but less than 21 years old, is single, and has no children; and replace Schedule 4. New Schedule 4 sets out the fees payable for matters to which the principal regulations apply.