Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2013

This Act was formerly part of the Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill.  It introduces a worker participation system in health and safety matters in the mining sector, including in the election of site health and safety representatives.  The Act governs these representatives, including their powers and removal, and it provides for industry representatives.  It also provides for the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners to regulate health and safety matters such as inspection.  The Act also provides for the duties of mine operators in relation to information, training and supervision in health and safety matters.

Mines Rescue Act 2013

This Act was formerly part of the Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill.  It establishes the Mines Rescue Trust Board, and provides for its role in responding to emergencies, at certain mining operations, including ensuring there is capacity and readiness to respond to such emergencies.  The Act also provides for a response system in the event of an emergency at an underground mining operation, which is intended to facilitate an effective and coordinated response.  It establishes protocol and an incident controller, and it also imposes certain duties on mine operators, site senior executives and mine workers.

New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013

This Act aims to provide economic benefits to New Zealanders by improving New Zealand's capacity to host medium- to large-scale international conferences and related exhibitions, through the construction and operation of an international-standard convention centre.  To that extent, it gives effect to the agreement between the Crown and SKYCITY to construct this centre, to grant regulatory changes to the SKYCITY Casino, and to impose obligations on SKYCITY to adopt certain harm minimisation and anti-money laundering mechanisms.

WorkSafe New Zealand Act 2013

This Act was formerly part of the Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill.  It establishes and provides for WorkSafe New Zealand, which is a Crown entity charged with promoting and contributing to securing the health and safety of workers and workplaces generally.  This new body's functions include advising on the operation of workplace health and safety programmes, monitoring compliance, making recommendations to improve workplace health and safety effectiveness, and providing guidance on workplace health and safety to the public and to persons with specific duties in that regard.

Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013  This Act establishes a new framework for setting entitlements for members of Parliament and the Executive.  This framework is intended to ensure MPs are provided with "services" needed for them to carry out their roles and functions efficiently.  It also provides that the Remuneration Authority must determine the salaries and allowances payable to MPs, which may vary according to office held, electorate represented, and other considerations.  “Personal benefit” from services is to be taken account of in the setting of salaries and allowances.  The Act also provides for additional provisions including appropriation for salaries and services, absence from the House, criteria for "services", and travel / accommodation allowance.

Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act 2013

This Act repeals and replaces the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004.  It removes the obligation for network operators to invest in interception capability where this is not necessary or deemed too expensive.  It places different obligations on different network operators, and provides that there is a duty to assist whether the network operator is based in New Zealand or overseas, and whether or not they have interception capability.  It also provides that network operators and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) are to work co-operatively and collaboratively on identifying and addressing network security risks and obliging network operators to engage in good faith with the Director of the GCSB on the design, build, and operation of networks where those may pose a risk to New Zealand’s national security or economic well-being.  There is now a risk identification and response process and for a ministerial direction power, where a significant risk to national security is raised, and either the GCSB Director is unsatisfied with the network operator’s proposal to address a security risk, or a network operator has breached one of the Act's requirements.  There are also new compliance and enforcement provisions.

Policing (Constable’s Oaths Validation) Amendment Act 2013

This Act is intended to remove any doubt about the validity of the oaths taken by constables who rejoined the New Zealand Police since 13 October 2013.

Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Act 2013

This Act aims to encourage compliance with enactments administered by the Department of Conservation by increasing penalties.  The overall purpose is to better protection of natural and historic resources and protected wildlife.