Legislation

Construction Contracts Act 2002
 
The Construction Contracts Act 2002 came into force on 1 April 2003, reforming the law relating to construction contracts and dramatically changing the face of dispute resolution in the construction industry in New Zealand, creating the statutory adjudication process which is now the most commonly used dispute resolution process in New Zealand for resolving building and construction disputes.
 
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Construction Contracts Regulations 2003
 
The Construction Contracts Regulations 2003 were made under section 82 of the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

The Regulations provide for inter alia additional permitted modes of service under the CCA and for a number of prescribed forms relevant to the payment regime and the adjudication process under the CCA. 

 
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Arbitration Act 1996
 
Arbitration in New Zealand is governed by the Arbitration Act 1996.

When the Arbitration Act 1996 came into force on 1 July 1997 it fundamentally changed New Zealand’s existing legal framework for arbitrations which was then the outmoded Arbitration Act 1908 based on the English model. The main feature of the Arbitration Act 1996 was to incorporate the UNCITRAL Model Law into New Zealand Law which is founded upon the principles of party autonomy, reduced judicial involvement in the arbitral process, increased powers for the arbitral tribunal and consistency with laws in other jurisdictions.
 
 
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