Companies Amendment Bill (No 2)

(Divided from the Judicature Modernisation Bill)

Government Bill


As reported from the committee of the whole House

This Bill was formerly part of the Judicature Modernisation Bill as reported from the Justice and Electoral Committee. The committee of the whole House has further amended the Bill and divided it into the following Bills:

  • Senior Courts Bill comprising clauses 1 and 2, Part 1, and Schedules 1A to 4

  • District Court Bill comprising Part 2 and Schedules 5 to 7

  • Judicial Review Procedure Bill comprising Part 3 and Schedule 8

  • Interest on Money Claims Bill comprising Part 4 and Schedules 9AAA, 9AA, and 9

  • Electronic Courts and Tribunals Bill comprising Part 5

  • Arbitration Amendment Bill comprising subpart 1 of Part 6

  • Bills of Exchange Amendment Bill comprising subpart 2 of Part 6

  • Building Societies Amendment Bill comprising subpart 3 of Part 6

  • Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Amendment Bill comprising subpart 4 of Part 6

  • this Bill comprising subpart 5 of Part 6 and Schedule 10

  • Contractual Remedies Amendment Bill comprising subpart 6 of Part 6

  • Copyright Amendment Bill (No 2) comprising subpart 7 of Part 6

  • Courts (Remote Participation) Amendment Bill comprising subpart 8 of Part 6

  • Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill comprising subpart 9 of Part 6

  • Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 4) comprising subpart 10 of Part 6

  • Family Courts Amendment Bill comprising subpart 11 of Part 6

  • Insolvency Amendment Bill comprising subpart 12 of Part 6

  • Local Government (Rating) Amendment Bill comprising subpart 13 of Part 6

  • Property Law Amendment Bill comprising subpart 14 of Part 6

  • Remuneration Authority Amendment Bill (No 2) comprising subpart 14A of Part 6

  • Resource Management Amendment Bill comprising subpart 15 of Part 6

  • Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill comprising subpart 16 of Part 6

  • Trans-Tasman Proceedings Amendment Bill comprising subpart 17 of Part 6

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1 Title

This Act is the Companies Amendment Act 2016.

2 Commencement

This Act comes into force on 1 March 2017.

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516 Principal Act

This Act amends the Companies Act 1993 (the principal Act).

517 Section 2 amended (Interpretation)

In section 2(1), insert in its appropriate alphabetical order:

association, in Parts 15 and 16 and in Schedule 10 11, includes—


a body corporate (other than a company, an overseas company, or a body corporate that may be put into liquidation under or in accordance with the Act under which it is incorporated or registered); and


a partnership; and


an unincorporated body of persons

518 Section 235 amended (Interpretation)


In section 235, definition of company, paragraph (c), replace delete “that may be put into liquidation under section 17A of the Judicature Act 1908” with :.


In section 235, definition of company, after paragraph (c), insert:


any other body corporate to which this Part applies under any enactment


In section 235, insert in its appropriate alphabetical order:

shareholder or persons entitled to surplus assets includes, in relation to an association, members of the association or persons that the court determines as being justly entitled to surplus assets of the association after the satisfaction of the claims of all of the creditors

519 Section 240 amended (Interpretation)

After section 240(1), insert:


In this Part, company means—


a company within the meaning of section 2:


an overseas company to which this Part applies (see section 342):


an association (see section 240B):


any other body corporate to which this Part applies under any other enactment

520 New section 240B inserted (Liquidation of associations)

After section 240A, insert:

240B Liquidation of associations

An association may be put into liquidation under this Part, and this Part applies to an association, subject to the modifications and exclusions set out in Schedule 10 11.

521 New Schedule 10 11 inserted

After Schedule 9 10, insert the Schedule 10 11 set out in Schedule 10 of this Act.

Consequential amendments

521A Amendments to Crown Entities Act 2004


This section amends the Crown Entities Act 2004.


In the heading to section 177, replace Judicature Act 1908 with Part 1 of the Judicature Modernisation Act 2013.


In section 177, replace sections 17A to 17E of the Judicature Act 1908 apply with section 240B of the Companies Act 1993 applies.

521B Amendments to Customs and Excise Act 1996


This section amends the Customs and Excise Act 1996.


In section 101(3), delete , and Schedule 7 of,.


In section 101(5), replace section 17B of the Judicature Act 1908 with the requirements of section 312 of the Companies Act 1993 (as applied by section 240B of that Act).

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Schedule 10 New Schedule 10 11 inserted

s 521

Schedule 1011 Liquidation of associations

s 240B

1 Modified application of Part 16 to associations


Part 16 applies to the liquidation of an association with the following modifications and exclusions:


section 241(2)(a), (b), (c)(v), (va), (vii), and (viii), and (d) does not apply:


clause 2 applies instead of section 241(4):


clauses 3 and 4 apply instead of sections 287 and 288(1) and (2):


clause 5 applies instead of section 268:


references in that Part to section 241(4), 268, 287, or 288(1) or (2) (or to a provision of any of those sections) must be taken as references to the relevant replacement clause or clauses under paragraphs (b) to (d) (or to the relevant replacement provision):


section 257(1)(a)(ii)(C) and (1)(a)(iii) does not apply:


all other necessary modifications must be made.


A document may be served on an association for the purposes of this schedule and Part 16 as follows:


by delivery to a director, a principal officer, or the secretary of the association; or


by leaving it at the association’s principal place of business in New Zealand; or


in the case of a document in any legal proceedings, by a method set out in paragraph (a) or (b) or by serving it in accordance with any directions as to service given by the court having jurisdiction in the proceedings.

Compare: 1908 No 89 s 17B

2 Grounds for appointment of liquidator

The court may appoint a liquidator of an association under section 241 if the court is satisfied that—


the association is dissolved, has ceased to carry on business, or is carrying on business solely for the purpose of terminating its affairs; or


the association is unable to pay its debts; or


it is just and equitable that the association be put into liquidation.

Compare: 1908 No 89 s 17A(4)

3 Meaning of inability to pay debts


Unless the contrary is proved, and subject to clause 4 and section 288(3) to (5), an association is presumed to be unable to pay its debts if—


the association has failed to comply with a demand in respect of a debt owed by the association that is made in accordance with subclause (2); or


all of the following apply:


a proceeding has been commenced against a member of the association for the payment of a debt owed by the association or the member in that capacity; and


notice of the proceeding has been served on the association; and


within 10 days after the notice was served on it, the association has not paid or secured the debt, or otherwise compounded with the creditor, had the proceeding stayed, or indemnified the member for the amount of any judgment debt plus costs; or


execution issued against the association, a member of the association in that capacity, or a person authorised to be sued on behalf of the association in respect of a judgment debt has been returned unsatisfied in whole or in part.


A demand under subclause (1)(a) must—


be in respect of a debt that is due that is not less than the prescribed amount; and


be in writing; and


be served on the association; and


require the association to pay or secure the debt, or otherwise compound with the creditor to the reasonable satisfaction of the creditor within 15 working days after the date of service of the demand or any longer period that the court orders.

Compare: 1908 No 89 s 17C

4 Evidence of inability to pay debts


On an application to the court for an order that an association be put into liquidation, evidence of failure to comply with a demand under clause 3 is not admissible as evidence that an association is unable to pay the debts unless the application is made within 30 working days after the last date for compliance with the demand.


Clause 3(2) does not limit proof by other means that an association is unable to pay its debts.

5 Power of liquidator to enforce liability of contributors

The liquidator may enforce a liability of a person to pay or contribute to—


any debt or liability of an association; or


any amount for the adjustment of the rights of members of the association among themselves.

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Legislative history

14 September 2016

Divided from Judicature Modernisation Bill (Bill 178–2) as Bill 178–3J