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New Zealand. 2012 ‘Manufacture.’ National Report of New Zealand on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 2, pp. 1-2. New York NY: Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations. 1 January

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Section 2: Manufacture

Laws, regulations and administrative procedures

4. Are there any SALW manufactured in your country? YES

4.1 Does your country have laws, regulations and/or administrative procedures to exercise effective control over the manufacture of SALW? YES

4.1.1 List laws, regulations and/or administrative procedures regulating the manufacture of SALW in your country:

New Zealand does not manufacture SALW on a large commercial scale. The New Zealand Police have established administrative procedures for those who set out to manufacture SALW. A person who manufactures firearms for sale must hold a dealers licence issued by the Police. Dealers are required to maintain records of the firearms they sell or manufacture.

The Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act and Hazardous Substances Regulations 2001 contain provisions controlling the importation, manufacture and management of explosives (which include ammunition and grenades) and for the tracking of them through each stage of their life cycle to the stage of final use. At present, the provisions in the Hazardous Substances (Tracking) Regulations expressly exclude "safety" (small arms) ammunition. The NZDF are exempt from complying with many parts of the HSNO Act under section 76a. NZDF have internal HSNO policies to control classes 1 to 9 substances. Under these exemptions NZDF import and control their own explosive products directly from the country of origin.

4.1.2. Does your country license the manufacture of SALW? YES…

Marking at manufacture

4.2. Does your country require that SALW be marked at the time of manufacture? YES

4.2.2. What part of the SALW is marked?

There are provisions in New Zealand law (Arms Regulations 1992 (reg7)) that ensures that all firearms manufactured in New Zealand for sale must have identification markings that are recorded…

Record-keeping by manufacturers

4.3. Does your country require that manufacturers keep records of their activities? YES

4.3.1. What information must be recorded (check relevant boxes)?

a) Quantity of SALW manufactured: YES
b) Type or model of SALW manufactured: YES
c) Markings applied to manufactured SALW: YES
d) Transactions (e.g. sales of manufactured and marked SALW): YES
e) Other: [No response]

4.3.2. How long must manufacturing records be kept? 5 years

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons; NZDF = New Zealand Defence Force]

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