New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill

The Government introduced the NZSIS Amendment Bill to Parliament on 6 December 2010. The Bill is on the government legislation website.

The Bill modernises aspects of the warrants framework that apply to the NZSIS. A Regulatory Impact Statement outlines the policy objectives of the Bill.

The Parliamentary Library has published Bills Digest 1826 summarising the Bill.

Prior to its Introduction, the Bill was reviewed by the Ministry of Justice for consistency with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and with the Human Rights Act 1993.

First Reading of Bill

Parliament voted to refer the Bill to the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) for its consideration. Hansard of the First reading of the Bill has been published.

Consideration of Bill by the Intelligence and Security Committee

The ISC received written submissions on the Bill and also heard from a number of submitters in person. These submissions were released in full by the ISC and can be found on the Parliamentary website.

The NZSIS in its role as advisors to the Committee provided the following reports to assist their deliberations on the Bill. They are located on the Parliamentary website:

The ISC reported the Bill back to Parliament on 17 May 2011 with a number of revisions. A copy of the revised Bill is located on the Parliamentary website.

Second Reading of Bill

The NZSIS Amendment Bill passed its second reading in Parliament on Tuesday evening, 14 June 2011. This was led by Attorney-General, the Hon. Christopher Finlayson, on behalf of the Prime Minister.

The reading reiterated the purpose of the Bill and outlined possible changes after oral and written submissions were considered by the ISC.

Hansard of the Second reading of the Bill has been published.

The Parliamentary Library has published its second digest on the Bill - Bills Digest 1876.

Committee Stage

The NZSIS Amendment Bill was debated and passed with no amendments at the Committee Stage on Wednesday evening, 22 June 2011. At this stage the Bill was split into two Bills, so that the respective legislative changes are made to the NZSIS Act and the Crimes Act, as is normal procedure.

Third Reading of the Bill

The NZSIS Amendment Bill was read for the third time by Attorney-General, the Hon. Christopher Finlayson, on behalf of the Prime Minister, on 5 July 2011.

The Bill was enacted by Parliament to become legislation, after a 107-10 vote in favour of the Bill. The consequential changes to the Crimes Act were also enacted.

Hansard of the Third Reading of the Bill has been published.