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Parliamentary Counsel Office


We take pride in high quality drafting and in making legislation accessible to all.

Fiona Leonard
Chief Parliamentary Counsel

  • The PCO's "Strategic Intentions for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2021" has been published. View the report »
  • The PCO's Briefing to the incoming Attorney-General was published on 7 December 2017. View the briefing »
  • PCO wins Best Plain English Legal Document at 2017 Plain English Awards. More »

About the PCO

About the PCO.

We draft legislation to support the Government's legislative programme. Our goal is legislation that is effective, clear, consistent with other legislation, and adheres to legal principle. And we publish legislation online and in hard copy.

Learn about our role, careers at the PCO, our corporate publications, and the Access to Secondary Legislation Project.

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Find legislation: online, on the New Zealand Legislation website or through other sources. Find where you can buy printed legislation.

Learn more about legislation: about the different types of Acts and Legislative Instruments, and about reprints of legislation.

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Instructing the PCO

Instructing the PCO.

Information for agencies that instruct the PCO in the development of legislation.

Resources include the Guide to Working with the PCO, Principles of clear drafting, information on supplying forms and graphics for publication in legislation, and how to notify Legislative Instruments for publication.

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