It’s been an exciting week, with new vaping regulations being put forward in New Zealand. There is one thing that truly stands out when I read through the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill, so much is being left to public consultation at later date. And while it can be frustrating to not have a clear idea of the details of what we are facing, opening the discussion up for public input can be extremely beneficial for those of you who wish to have your say.
Although public submissions have not opened up yet, I’m going to take you through the standard process for a bill to become law and help you format your submission to have the most impact possible.
There are four types of bills that can be introduced to parliament:
- Private bills
The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill (SERPVA) has been presented to parliament as a Government Bill, prepared for MP Jenny Salesa to present to the House. The Government decides which order Bills will be presented to the house, unlike Members’ Bills, Government Bills are most likely to become law unless they fail to get through the progress of a bill.
We will continue to update this graphic as each step is met.
With public submissions coming up after the first reading, only one month away, it is time to start thinking about what you want to submit on. There is an overview of what the new regulations would mean for you here, alternatively, you can read the full amendment bill here.
Submissions can be made in Maori, English or New Zealand sign language, and the Govt website notes that when submitting in New Zealand sign language you can either record a video and submit online or present in person by calling +64 4 817 9250.
Things you should try to include in your submission:
Starting with whether or not you agree with the overall proposal, are there certain parts that you strongly agree or disagree with? Make sure to note down which clause it is you are referring to.
If you are writing on behalf of an organisation, include it's aims, membership and structure and your position within the organisation. Make sure to include the other people or organisations that support your views and who you consulted in writing.
Sum up your overall recommendations at either the beginning or the end of your submission.
Most of all, remember to keep it short, sweet and to the point!
The select committee will have hundreds, maybe thousands of submissions to go through, getting your point across in the most succinct way possible is your best bet to ensure your voice is heard.