Burrows and Carter Statute Law in New Zealand, 6th edition

The guide to statutory interpretation, preparation and drafting in New Zealand.

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780947514983
Release Date: May 26, 2021
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NZD$ 180.00

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Burrows and Carter Statute Law in New Zealand, 6th edition, is a clear and comprehensive guide to statutory interpretation, preparation and drafting in New Zealand. It includes discussion of the Treaty of Waitangi, the procedures for enactment of legislation in our modern MMP Parliament and the progress of new styles of drafting, and analyses recent case law, with a focus on issues of interpretation.

Key developments since the last edition was published include case law changes, the Legislation Act 2019 (Part 2 of which re-enacts, with updating and reforms, the Interpretation Act 1999), changes to the law on secondary legislation and to parliamentary procedure, dual-language Acts in English and te reo Māori, greater recognition in law of tikanga Māori, and proposed amendments to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (for example, amendments related to declarations of inconsistency).


• One of the most cited books by the judiciary: provides the understanding and know-how to win statutory interpretation arguments.
• Covers the intricacies simply: how statute law in New Zealand is proposed, enacted, published, and interpreted.
• Leading authority used by students, practitioners and the courts.

Related Titles

• Butler & Butler The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act: A Commentary, 2nd edition, 2015
• Carter, McHerron & Malone Subordinate Legislation in New Zealand, 2013


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Table of contents

Table of Contents

Part I – The nature of legislation

Chapter 1: Legislation in force in New Zealand

Chapter 2: The supremacy of Parliament

Part II – The preparation and presentation of legislation

Chapter 3: The preparation of legislation

Chapter 4: Drafting

Chapter 5: Access to legislation

Part III – Interpretation – General

Chapter 6: The need for interpretation

Chapter 7: Approaches to interpretation

Chapter 8: Purpose

Chapter 9: Context

Chapter 10: The statutory text

Chapter 11: Fundamental principles

Chapter 12: Time in statutory interpretation

Part IV – Interpretation – Specific

Chapter 13: Some particular provisions

Chapter 14: Inconsistency

Chapter 15: Some types of statute

Chapter 16: Common law and statute

Part V – The duration of legislation

Chapter 17: Coming into force

Chapter 18: Retrospective legislation

Chapter 19: Repeal

Chapter 20: Amendment


Approx 800 pages