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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.

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Reference: Statutes of New Zealand. Auckland: Government Printer, 1854–1855.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - From colony to nation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/2453/the-first-act-passed-by-parliament (accessed 11 December 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 16 Sep 2016