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Employment Update - Minimum Wage Increasing

The government has recently announced that from 1 April the minimum wage will be increasing by 50c, from $15.25 per hour to $15.75 per hour. The starting-out and training...

Update on Securities Law: Changes for Organisations that Manage Communal Facilities

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, December 2016. This article deals with recent changes to the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) in relation to...

High Court Overturns Charities Board Decision

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, November 2016. The High Court has recently overturned the decision of The Charities Registration Board not to grant charitable...

Capital Raising: Reminder of FMCA Exclusions

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, October 2016. In last month’s article David Smillie looked at exclusions under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013...

Capital Raising: Reminder of FMCA Exclusions

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, August 2016. It has been around 3 years since the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) was passed and it has been welcomed...

Purchasers Beware: Methamphetamine Contamination is a Real Risk

August 2016 . . . Methamphetamine is a Class A controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. It is commonly referred to as Meth, Crystal Meth, Ice or P. The process of...

Landlords Beware: Methamphetamine Contamination is a Real Risk

August 2016 . . . Methamphetamine is a Class A controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. It is commonly referred to as Meth, Crystal Meth, Ice or P. The process of...

Living in New Zealand - Clarity on Director Residency Requirements from the High Court

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, August 2016. The Companies Act (Act) was recently amended last year with the aim of making the company incorporation and...

Cancellation of Commercial Leases - Getting the Process Right

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, June 2016. The High Court has been centre stage again for a long running dispute over the commercial lease for a property in...

Do you know your Trial Periods?

July 2016 . . . Having a Trial Period in your employment contracts can be a very effective way of managing the risk in making a new hire.  But, they're easy to get...

Implied Warranties Not Fit For Purpose

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, April 2016. Health and safety and earthquake strengthening are two of the hottest topics currently facing our commercial clients....

Repossession Rules Undergo a Makeover

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, February 2016. In 2015 the rules relating to the repossession of consumer goods were updated. The Credit (Repossession) Act was...

Be upfront about risk

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, November 2015. Our business clients strike deals with other businesses based on obtaining and reviewing as much information...

Deadline looms for residency requirements

This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times, October 2015. October 2015 . . . The final part of the Companies Amendment Act 2014 came into force on 1 May 2015 and all...

The Second Generation District Plan: Are You Affected?

September 2015 Everyone in New Zealand is affected by a District Plan in some way, shape or form. District Plans are primarily used to control land use and development....

Leases – Contamination and Remediation

September 2015   Background In Auckland Waterfront Development Agency Limited v Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited [2015] NZCA 390, the Court of Appeal has...

Enduring Powers of Attorney- Essential for all Ages

  August 2015 Temporary or permanent incapacity can strike at any time – think Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.  Historically, people...

PRPS lacks focus on economic drivers

As seen in the Otago Daily Times, July 21st 2015.   The outcome to be achieved by the fourth and final chapter of the Proposed Regional Policy Statement...

Gallaway Cook Allan on the move

July 2015 . . . Matt Gorman, CEO of Gallaway Cook Allan was interviewed on 14 July by the Otago Daily Times about the firm moving to new premises at the end of 2016.  This...

Weighing pros and cons of regional policy statement

As seen in the Otago Daily Times, July 13th 2015. The 3rd Chapter of the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Otago (“PRPS”) seeks that “Communities in...

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