NZBC, Decree Establishing Requisite Qualities for Those to be Admitted to the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte, October 1994.
Laymen of mature age and exemplary Christian life, judged to be suitable by their diocesan bishop, may be installed on a stable basis in the ministries:
(1) of Lector, after one year of full time study in a Catholic Theological Institute;
(2) of Acolyte, after two years of full time study in a Catholic Theological Institute.
NZBC, October 1994, Gen. Decr., Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1713.