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Please find blow some Frequently asked questions. Just click on the question of interest and it will expand to display our answer.

If you need to find information and links on Te Reo Māori, you can access them @ www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz (Maybe add hyperlink and rename it to “Te Reo Resources”)
Information on individual rohe and mare’s can be found @ www.maorimaps.com/ (Maybe add Hyperlink and rename it to “Maori Maps”)
There is a Facebook group “Maori4GrownUps”. It was a mothers group that started providing assistance to others who were interested in bringing Te Reo into their homes, especially with their children learning Te Reo. You will be asked to join the group. They are very welcoming.

 

Legislation

This introduced a major change to the public funding and provision of personal health services, public health services, and disability support services. It also established new publicly owned health and disability organisations, such as District Health Boards and the Pharmaceutical Management Agency (Pharmac).

Read:  New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000
This gives the Ministry of Health the function of improving, promoting and protecting public health. It contains specific provisions in section 22 governing the disclosure of health information about identifiable individuals by and between health service providers and other agencies with statutory functions.

Read:   Health Act 1956
This is a Code of Practice issued by the Privacy Commissioner under section 46 of the Privacy Act which gives extra protection to health information because of its sensitivity. It covers all health agencies, and protects all personal health information relating to an identifiable individual. The Ministry has a responsibility to ensure it complies with this Code in respect of all health information entrusted to it.

Read:   Health Information Privacy Code 1994 (PDF, 59 kB)
This was established to make official information more freely available. Its relevance is when a request for information held by NZHIS is from someone who is not the subject of the information or their personal representative. This is treated as a request under Part II of the Act and is subject to the principle of availability under section 5, and should be made available unless good reason for withholding exists. (The detailed considerations taken into account are set out in the Data Access Policy.)

Read:  Official Information Act 1982
This provides, inter alia, a comprehensive framework for the systematic creation and preservation of public archives and local authority archives. In particular it gives the Chief Archivist, who is also the Chief Executive of Archives New Zealand, powers of direction with respect to archiving and disposal decisions over health information held by the public sector.

Read: Public Records Act 2005
The Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 is a key element in the new environment of consumer-focused and consumer-accountable health and disability services and has become the primary vehicle for dealing with complaints about any health or disability services provider in New Zealand.
The purpose of the Act is expressed as being "to promote and protect the rights of health consumers and disability services consumers, and, in particular, to secure the fair, simple, speedy, and efficient resolution of complaints relating to infringements of those rights" (s 6). This objective is achieved through the implementation of a Code of Rights, the establishment of a complaints process to ensure enforcement of those rights, and the ongoing education of providers and consumers.

Read The Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994

Read The Health and Disability Commissioner Amendment Act 2003
The object of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 is to promote the prevention of harm to all people at work, and others in, or in the vicinity of, places of work.  The Act applies to all New Zealand workplaces and places duties on employers, the self-employed, employees, principals and others who are in a position to manage or control hazards.
The emphasis of the law is on the systematic management of health and safety at work. It requires employers and others to maintain safe working environments, and implement sound practice. It recognises that successful health and safety management is best achieved through good faith co-operation in the place of work and, in particular, through the input of those doing the work.

Read  The Health and Safety in Employment Act(and regulations made under it)
In New Zealand, the building of houses and other buildings is controlled by the Building Act 2004. It applies to the construction of new buildings as well as the alteration and demolition of existing buildings.
The Building Act 2004 has repealed the Building Act 1991 and introduces a number of changes to the law governing building work. These changes are introduced in stages. Some have already taken effect, but others will be implemented over the next few years.

Read http://www.dbh.govt.nz/blc-building-act
All new building work in New Zealand must comply with the Building Code. It is a performance-based code, which means it states how a building and its components must perform as opposed to describing how the building must be designed and constructed.

Read http://www.dbh.govt.nz/blc-building-code-and-review
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

cancer—

(a) means a malignant growth of human tissue that, if unchecked,—(i) is likely to spread to adjacent tissue or beyond its place of origin; and (ii) may have the propensity to recur; and

(b) without limiting the generality of paragraph (a), includes carcinoma-in-situ, carcinoma, sarcoma (including Kaposi's sarcoma), any mixed tumour, leukaemia, any type of lymphoma, and melanoma; but

(c) does not include—
(i) any secondary or metastatic cancer, except where the primary cancer is not identified:
(ii) any type of cancer that is declared by regulations made under this Act to be a cancer to which this Act does not apply cancer test means any examination or test (including the examination of any blood, cytological or tissue biopsy specimen, or other material) that is carried out in any pathology laboratory to determine the presence or absence of cancer in any person (including a deceased person)

Director-General means the Director-General of Health.

Read http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1993/0102/latest/whole.html#DLM318892
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—charitable purpose means every purpose which in accordance with the law of New Zealand is charitable; and, for the purposes of Parts 1 and 2, includes every purpose that is religious or educational, whether or not it is charitable according to the law of New Zealand: provided that in Part 4 the term charitable purpose has the meaning specified in section 38court means the High Court of New Zealand, and includes a Judge of that court property means real and personal property of every kind, and includes money.

Read http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1957/0018/latest/whole.html#DLM309900
The purpose of this Act is to 'provide for the registration and discipline of chiropractors'. The Act requires all chiropractors who intend to practise in New Zealand to register with the Chiropractic Board.  In order to register, chiropractors must hold approved qualifications and pay an annual fee.  The Chiropractors Act 1982 sets out the responsibilities of the Chiropractic Board in detail.  These include maintaining a register of chiropractors, encouraging high standards of professional education, and dealing with disciplinary matters.

Read http://www.newhealth.govt.nz/maccah/legislation.htm#chiropractors_act
The aim of the Commerce Act is to promote competition in markets within New Zealand. It prohibits conduct that restricts competition (restrictive trade practices) and the purchase of a business's shares or assets if that purchase leads to a substantial lessening of competition in the market.
The Commerce Amendment Act 2008 introduced significant changes to those provisions of the Commerce Act 1986 that relate to the economic regulation of goods and services. The amendment directly affects the scope and role of the Commerce Commission in regulating electricity lines and gas pipeline services, and extends its responsibilities to include the regulation of specified airport services.

Read http://www.comcom.govt.nz/the-legislation/
It provides information on the New Zealand abortion law, abortion counselling, methods of abortion available in New Zealand, including the abortion pill (known as Mifegyne / mifepristone / RU486 / Mifeprex(USA)) and information on how to access abortion services in different regions of New Zealand.

Read http://www.abortion.gen.nz/index.html
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