Regulation is an important component of a well functioning society. In New Zealand, regulations are designed to deal with the risks posed to health and safety or environmental impacts. The New Zealand regulatory system is largely governed through Acts, Regulations, cited Standards and Codes of Practice. These pieces of legislation are managed and enforced by government agencies and regulatory bodies.
This means businesses may be required to comply with multiple regulatory regimes mandated by different regulators depending on industry.
All are an invaluable source of information and guidance for small businesses.
On this page:
- Civil Aviation Authority
- Building & Housing Information
- Financial Markets Authority
- Gambling Commission
- Kiwi Rail New Zealand
- National Radiation Laboratory
- New Zealand Police
- Securities Commission
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) establishes civil aviation safety and security standards, and monitors safety performance throughout the aviation community so that safety efforts can be directed where they are needed the most. The CAA carries out accident and incident investigations and collates this material to establish an industry-wide safety picture.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the agency that provides information and guidance on building law and compliance, services including weather-tight homes, and advice for tenants and landlords.
The Financial Markets Authority regulates New Zealand’s financial markets. It oversees securities, financial reporting, and company law as they apply to financial services and securities markets.
The Gambling Commission is an independent, statutory, decision-making body established under the Gambling Act 2003. The Commission hears casino licensing applications, and appeals on licensing and enforcement decisions made in relation to gaming machines and other non-casino gambling activities.
Kiwi Rail is the government-owned rail operator that runs freight trains on the national rail network. Kiwi Rail regulates the safe operation of trains and other activities on the national rail system and is responsible for setting industry rules, procedures and standards.
The National Radiation Laboratory (NRL) is a specialist unit of the Ministry of Health based in Christchurch. It provides expert advice, service provision and research capability on matters concerning public, occupational and medical exposure to radiation, the performance of radiation equipment and the measurement of radiation and radioactivity.
New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for reducing crime and enhancing community safety. It also enforces legislation in co-ordination with other government agencies to include the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.
The Securities Commission is an independent Crown entity established by the Securities Act 1978. It is New Zealand’s main regulator of investments. Its purpose is to strengthen investor confidence and foster capital investment in New Zealand by promoting the efficiency, integrity, and cost-effective regulation of our securities markets.
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