Story: Nation and government

The first act passed by Parliament

The first act passed by Parliament

The first act passed by the infant New Zealand Parliament in 1854 extended certain acts of the British Parliament at Westminster in London to New Zealand. A few British acts remain in force in New Zealand in the 2000s, but in the 1980s all remaining powers of the British Parliament over New Zealand’s system of government were done away with.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Statutes of New Zealand. Auckland: Government Printer, 1854–1855.

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'Nation and government - From colony to nation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 March 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016