Bad news: Being a pirate is against the law

Bad news: Being a pirate is against the law

Buckle up because "regulatory reform" does not get more riveting than this – the Government is planning on getting rid of 10 percent of our country's laws. That's 120 statutes in total. That's a lot of law.

Some are old, outdated and others are potentially controversial.

In New Zealand you can get 14 years behind bars for being a pirate, or 10 years even just planning to be a pirate – some of the most serious punishments in the New Zealand legal system.

The Minister of Regulatory Reform got together with his parliamentary undersecretary, ACT leader David Seymour, and the Attorney-General and found 120 laws we may not need anymore.

Steven Joyce's personal favourite is the Year 2000 Information Disclosure Act. It allowed companies to share information that might help fight the millennium bug, which was expected to cause a worldwide computer meltdown on New Year's Eve, 1999.

Other laws involve dealing with the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and a law that legalises liquor in previously "dry" areas in New Zealand.

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