Frequently Asked Questions
What is legislation?
The Clerk of the House at Parliament has some really good material to tell you about this.
See http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/AboutParl/HowPWorks/Laws/ - for material on how laws are made -
http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/?document=00HOOOCPubResAboutFactSheetsProcess1 - which explains the Legislative Process.
Also useful are other Factsheets which explain the differences between Parliament and Government, the Select Committee process, Officers of the House, the Parliamentary Library, publications available and so on - these are found at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/AboutParl/HowPWorks/FactSheets/
Where do I get legislation?
Decide which sort you want, Bills, Regulations or Statutes; and go to
Is any of it free?
Bills at /gpprint/docs/welcome.html
Acts (statutes) at http://legislation.knowledge-basket.co.nz/gpacts/actlists.html
Regulations at http://legislation.knowledge-basket.co.nz/gpregs/text/reglists.html
What about Hansard?
This is not free on The Knowledge Basket, but you will find free Hansard at
What about the Bills Digest?
This is not free at The Knowledge Basket. You will find a free copy at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Legislation/Bills/BillsDigests/
Is there any other place to get legislation?
Yes, the New Zealand legislation website, maintained by the Parliamentary
Counsel Office at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/.
It is free and updated as soon as possible after legislation has been
I am a student - can I afford it?
Some New Zealand universities and polytechs provide access to this database
collection for all students. Check with the library at your university or college.
I am at school - can I have it?
Most schools do not need this material. If you need legislation it will probably be in the FREE section.
Can I search on the LegislationNZ databases and just pay for what I use?
No - you must have a site licence for this database. Except for the free material mentioned earlier.
How do I start?
Call us about a site licence. 0800 4 56695 or 0800 4 KNOWL...
Is there anyone to help me in the beginning?
Yes. The Knowledge Basket office is there at the end of a phone to
help you till you feel comfortable.