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Conservation Databases

New Zealand Waxeye


Finding official free access NZ legislation online is currently not possible. There are however moves to change this. The links in this section are to a temporary web site which provides free public access to unofficial versions of New Zealand statutes (Public, Local, and Private Acts) and Statutory Regulations. You can search and browse this material free of charge.

The site is provided by the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO) as part of the Public Access to Legislation (PAL) Project and is updated monthly. When the PAL Project is completed, the web site will be replaced by an official PCO web site that will provide free public access to New Zealand legislation, including Acts, regulations, and Bills.

The electronic versions of legislation on this site, and any material printed from this site, have no official status. This material is for information only, and should not be relied on as the authoritative text.

Official copies of legislation can be purchased from Bennetts Government Bookshops. Copies are also available in many public libraries.


  • Conservation Act 1987
    An Act to promote the conservation of New Zealand's natural and historic resources, and for that purpose to establish a Department of Conservation.
  • Conservation Law Reform Act 1990
    An Act to amend the law relating to conservation organisations, freshwater fish and game, conservation management planning, and marginal strips.
  • Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989
    An Act to further the protection and conservation of endangered species of wild fauna and flora by regulating the export and import of such species and any product derived from those species.
  • Wildlife Act 1953
    An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the protection and control of wild animals and birds, the regulation of game shooting seasons, and the constitution and powers of acclimatisation societies.
  • Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978
    An Act to make provision for the protection, conservation, and management of marine mammals within New Zealand and within New Zealand fisheries waters.
  • Native Plants Protection Act 1934
    An Act to provide for the protection of native plants.
  • Animal Welfare Act 1999
    To reform the law relating to the welfare of animals and the prevention of their ill-treatment.
  • More to be listed.....


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