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Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Act.

The Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Act 2018 has passed following its final reading in Parliament. The Act makes changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000, Holidays...

Trial Period v Probationary Period - What's the Difference?

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill currently before select committee proposes to remove the ability to use trial periods for any employer who employs 20 or more...

Contractor or Employee - What's the Difference?

A recent article on Stuff.co.nz shone a light on the difficult working conditions many courier drivers face. Courier drivers (many of whom are independent contractors) spoke of...

Warranties

What are they? Warranties are usually included in legal agreements of a commercial nature. They are essentially a guarantee or promise made by one person to another relating to...

MBIE Consults on Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Bodies

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has launched a public consultation on beneficial ownership of corporate bodies. MBIE is interested in potentially...

IPONZ Proposes Reduced Trademark Fees (but increased patent fees)

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is seeking feedback on its proposal to reduce fees for trademarks, while increasing patent fees. IPONZ is requesting...

KiwiBuild - Restoring the Kiwi Dream of Home Ownership

As of last week, New Zealanders can now register their interest in purchasing a KiwiBuild home; an affordable, quality starter home for first home buyers. The KiwiBuild...

Building a New Home? Read the Fine Print!

If you’re thinking about building a new home or carrying out renovations, then chances are you will be asked to sign a contract. All residential building projects valued at...

MBIE consults on publishing directors’ residential addresses online

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking your views on whether directors’ home addresses should still be published on the (publicly searchable)...

AML/CFT Compliance

Compliance requirements - why we need to ask for information New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (we...

When Size Matters: The Guide for the Measurement of Residential Properties

Recently a collaborative effort between the Property Council of New Zealand and the Property Institute of New Zealand has seen the release of a new and innovative tool in the...

Future-proofing Your Relationship

June 2018 . . . As the Chinese proverb “dig the well before you are thirsty” says, planning in life is key. There are many aspects of life that need to be planned for...

Equity Crowdfunding - Tips if You Want to Raise Capital

June 2018 . . . If you run a business and are looking for investors to back your vision, equity crowdfunding can be a great way to raise capital. You can raise up to $2...

Trust Law Reform and Trustee Duties

June 2018 . . Trusts play an important role in the New Zealand legal landscape. There are over 200,000 trust-owned kiwi homes, and an estimated total of 500,000 trusts in New...

Incapacity of Trustees

May 2018 . . . Trustee capacity issues are becoming increasingly common as life expectancies increase. In New Zealand there is no automatic consequence of a trustee losing capacity...

Enforcing Verbal Agreements

May 2018 . . . When you make a big decision, like buying a house or a business, you should write down what everyone has agreed. Of course, sometimes things change and you need to...

The KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant - What You Need to Know

May 2018 . . . In April 2015 the Government introduced the “Kiwisaver Homestart Grant” to assist first time home buyers with their funding for the purchase of a...

Review of Insurance Law and Unfair Contract Terms

May 2018 . . . The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has announced a review of New Zealand’s insurance contract law saying that there are “significant problems...

Explaining Powers of Attorney

April 2018 . . . Powers of attorney are legal documents that set out who can take care of your affairs if you cannot. There are two main types of powers of attorney, general powers...

Tenant Liability for Careless Damage - Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2)

April 2018. . . The Government has confirmed that it will carry on with the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill from the previous government which puts some liability back on...

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