APA referencing 7th edition

A guide to APA referencing (7th edition). APA stands for American Psychological Association

Legal Material

Guidelines in the APA manual relate to American legislation and it is not possible to use this format for other countries legal material. See the examples below for the library's suggestion on how to cite and reference New Zealand and other country’s legislation. 
Please contact you lecturer to see if they wish you to use another form of reference for New Zealand legal material



Whole Statute/Act

Reference List

Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.

In text citation (Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009). 


Section of a Statute/Act

(The entry in the reference list is the same as the whole statute.  Put the relevant section number in the in-text citation)

Reference List

Building Act 2004. http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2004/0072/latest/DLM306036.html?search=ts_act_building+act_resel_25_a&p=1

In-text citation (Building Act 2004, s. 87A).

(For multiple sections, use 'ss.' instead of 's.')



Whole Bill

Reference List

Gas (Information Disclosure and Penalties) Amendment Bill 2020 (224-1)). 

In-text citation (Gas (Information Disclosure and Penalities) Amendment Bill 2020 (224-1)).


Clause of a Bill

Reference List

Screen Industry Workers Bill 2020 (219-2).  http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2020/0219/latest/LMS230343.html

In-text citation (Screen Industry Workers Bill 2020 (219-2), cl. 23).

(For multiple clauses, use 'cls.' instead of 'cl.')



Case information should contain the parties names (in italics) the year of reporting (in [] brackets) and the case subject abbreviation and number

New Zealand Law Reports NZLR
New Zealand Tax Cases NZTC
New Zealand Employment Law Cases NZELC
New Zealand Company Law Reports NZCLR
New Zealand Business Cases NZBC

Business or Tax Case

Reference List

Ling vs YL NZ Investment Ltd (2018) 28 NZTC 23-057.

In-text citation (Ling vs YL NZ Investment Ltd, 2018).


District Court, Court of Appeal, High Court or Supreme Court Case

Reference List

Cambridge Homes Holdings Ltd v Kenna [2019] NZHC 1922. 

In text citation (Cambridge Homes Holdings Ltd v Kenna, 2019).


Things to remember

Italics :  The names of the parties involved in a case should be in Italics


Capitalization : Captialise each word of the title of a Statute/Act or a Bill.


Splitting a URL : If your URL needs to be split do not insert a hyphen. Break the URL before a punctuation mark.  Do not add a full stop at the end of URL as this may appear to be part of the URL and cause retrieval problems.