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Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996




Matters relevant to purpose of Act

All persons exercising functions, powers, and duties under this Act shall, to achieve the purpose of this Act, take into account the following matters:

(a)        the sustainability of all native and valued introduced flora and fauna:

(b)        the intrinsic value of ecosystems:

(c)        public health:

(d)        the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, sites, waahi tapu, valued flora and fauna, and other taonga:

(e)        the economic and related benefits and costs of using a particular hazardous substance or new organism:

(f)         New Zealand's international obligations.


Treaty of Waitangi

All persons exercising powers and functions under this Act shall take into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi).



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