Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2009

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AN ACT

I assent,

GEORGE TUPOU V,

30th October, 2009

HRH PRINCESS SALOTE PILOLEVU TUITA

13th August, 2009.

Tonga. No. 13 of 2009.

TO AMEND THE INTERPRETATION ACT.

BE IT ENACTED by the King and Legislative Assembly of Tonga in the
Legislature of the Kingdom as follows:

1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2009.

(2) This Act shall come into force on the same day as the Maritime Zones
Act 2009.

(3) The Interpretation Act (Cap. 1) shall be referred to in this Act, as the
Principal Act.

2. Section 2 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following new
definitionsin the appropriate places –

”“archipelagic waters” means any waters, other than internal waters,
enclosed by archipelagic baselines;”;

“”contiguous zone” has the meaning given to that expression by the
Maritime Zones Act 2009;”;

““exclusive economic zone” has the meaning given to that expression
by the Maritime Zones Act 2009;”;

““continental shelf” has the meaning given to that expression by the
Maritime Zones Act 2009;”;

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PRINCESS SALOTE PILOLEVU TUITA,

2 t January, 10

GEORGE TUPOU V,

30t October,

HRH PRINCESS SALOTE PILOLEVU TUITA

13th August, 2009.

““historic waters” has the meaning given to that expression by the

Maritime Zones Act 2009;”;

““Internal waters” means:

(a) in respect of archipelagic waters, all waters landward of the
closing lines; and

(b) in any other case, all waters landward of any baselines;”;

““maritime cultural zone” has the meaning given to that
expression by the Maritime Zones Act 2009;”;

““maritime zones” means the:

(a) archipelagic waters;
(b) contiguous zone;
(c) exclusive economic zone;
(d) continental shelf;
(e) historic waters;
(f) internal waters;
(g) maritime cultural zone; and
(h) territorial sea;”;

““territorial sea” has the meaning given to that expression by the
Maritime Zones Act 2009;”; and

““Tongan water” means –

(a) the archipelagic waters;
(b) the internal waters;
(c) the historic waters;
(d) the territorial sea;
(e) the contiguous waters; and
(f) the waters of the exclusive economic zone;”.

3. The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following as section 32:

“32 Total area of the Kingdom

Where in an Act the expression “extent and boundaries”, “limits” or
any other expression whatsoever is used in relation to the Kingdom to
denote the total area of the Kingdom, that expression shall be construed
to mean–

(a) the total area bounded by the fifteenth and twenty-third and half
degrees of South latitudes and the one hundred and seventy-third
and the one hundred and seventy-seventh degrees of West
longitude, and the area bounded by the Proclamation made on the
15th day of June, 1972 affirming and proclaiming Teleki Tokelau
and Teleki Tonga part of the Kingdom; and

(b) so much of the submerged lands lying within the archipelagic
waters, internal waters, territorial sea and historical waters of the
Kingdom as is not within the areas mentioned in paragraph (a).”

Passed in the Legislative Assembly this 29th day of October, 2009.

2. The Interpretation (Amendment) Act 13 of 2009. The Interpretation (Amendment) Act 13 of 2009. 3.

““historic waters” has the meaning given to that expression by the

Maritime Zones Act 2009;”;

““Internal waters” means:

(a) in respect of archipelagic waters, all waters landward of the
closing lines; and

(b) in any other case, all waters landward of any baselines;”;

““maritime cultural zone” has the meaning given to that
expression by the Maritime Zones Act 2009;”;

““maritime zones” means the:

(a) archipelagic waters;
(b) contiguous zone;
(c) exclusive economic zone;
(d) continental shelf;
(e) historic waters;
(f) internal waters;
(g) maritime cultural zone; and
(h) territorial sea;”;

““territorial sea” has the meaning given to that expression by the
Maritime Zones Act 2009;”; and

““Tongan water” means –

(a) the archipelagic waters;
(b) the internal waters;
(c) the historic waters;
(d) the territorial sea;
(e) the contiguous waters; and
(f) the waters of the exclusive economic zone;”.

3. The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following as section 32:

“32 Total area of the Kingdom

Where in an Act the expression “extent and boundaries”, “limits” or
any other expression whatsoever is used in relation to the Kingdom to
denote the total area of the Kingdom, that expression shall be construed
to mean–

(a) the total area bounded by the fifteenth and twenty-third and half
degrees of South latitudes and the one hundred and seventy-third
and the one hundred and seventy-seventh degrees of West
longitude, and the area bounded by the Proclamation made on the
15th day of June, 1972 affirming and proclaiming Teleki Tokelau
and Teleki Tonga part of the Kingdom; and

(b) so much of the submerged lands lying within the archipelagic
waters, internal waters, territorial sea and historical waters of the
Kingdom as is not within the areas mentioned in paragraph (a).”

Passed in the Legislative Assembly this 29th day of October, 2009.

2. The Interpretation (Amendment) Act 13 of 2009. The Interpretation (Amendment) Act 13 of 2009. 3.

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