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What is included in New Zealand Territory?

“New Zealand” is defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009 as follows:

“New Zealand means any land territory within the territorial limits of New Zealand; and includes—

(a) The internal waters of New Zealand (as defined in section 4 of the Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, and Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1977); and

(b) The Ross Dependency (including any ice shelf); and

(c) For the purposes of sections 21(a), 22(1)(c)(ii), 73(d), and 74(1)(b)(ii), and 77(4)(a) of this Act, the territorial sea of New Zealand; and

(d) For the purposes of section 283(2)(a) of this Act, the area of sea adjacent to New Zealand and bounded by the outer limits of the contiguous zone of New Zealand(as defined in section 4 of the Territorial Sea, Contguous Zone, and Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1977).”

For example, Scott Base is on Ross Island ,which is in the Ross Dependency, so time spent there will be considered to be time spent in New Zealand.