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Centre pivots and linear irrigators – consent no longer required in Queenstown Lakes

July 2014 . . . We recently wrote about the Environment Court decision in Haldon Station v Mackenzie District Council confirming that centre pivots and linear irrigators are...

CAN A SECURITY GUARD TACKLE A STREAKER?

We have all seen the incident where the streaker at the All Blacks – England match gets “owned” by the security guard. It was a pretty decent hit on a guy...

Keep an eye on the bottom line

July 2014 . . . We all need to keep an eye on the bottom line; Mrs S learnt that that hard way in the Family Court. When Mr W and Mrs S’s 20 year relationship ended, Mrs S...

Employment update – fortnightly averaging now permitted

July 2014 . . . Responding in part to calls from rural employers, the government has changed the law to allow a fortnightly minimum wage calculation.  This change took...

Is a centre pivot a building?

June 2014 . . . According to the Environment Court…No, a Centre Pivot is not a building, but a vehicle. In its decision released on Friday, the Environment Court found...

Good News for Leaky-Home Owners

June 2014...The “leaky home” crisis has been a familiar feature in the media for the last decade. The crisis was brought on by a combination of deficient designs,...

Drug Testing: A Costly Lesson

June 2014 . . . In a decision released late last month the Employment Relations Authority told Carter Holt Harvey that it had to compensate 76 employees who were required to...

Time Limit for Sharemilking Claims

June 2014...The majority of sharemilking agreements contain a “limitation” provision.  Such a clause sets a time limit for either the owner or the sharemilker...

Major changes to Health and Safety

June 2014... The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 is to be repealed and replaced with new legislation. The Health and Safety Reform Bill was introduced into...

Employer puts foot down to win injuction

June 2014... Some businesses tend to take a fairly relaxed approach to having property documented employment agreements, despite the fact that it is a breach of the Employment...

Rural Update: Employing Staff

May 2014... Recent media reports and MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) investigations highlight the need for farmers to make sure they comply with...

Indigenous Vegetation Clearance: Cancellation of interim enforcement order

May 2014... Jan Caunter and Bridget Irving have recently had a significant win in the Environment Court, successfully overturning an interim enforcement order made against...

Kiwisaver accounts and bankruptcy

May 2014... The High Court has declared that a bankrupt’s KiwiSaver account can be made available for distribution to creditors, but only after the bankrupt qualifies...

THE COST OF PRICE-FIXING

April 2014... The recent action by the Commerce Commission against Carter Holt Harvey is a useful reminder for all businesses (and also managers in those businesses) of the...

LOWERING THE COST OF ACCESSING EQUITY CAPITAL

March 2014... In the current financial market, emerging businesses can face an up hill battle to secure new capital to finance their growth aspirations. The problem for these...

WHEN IS A CONTRACT “FRUSTRATED”? UPDATE FROM THE SUPREME COURT

February 2014... Commercial contracts are a part of every-day life for all businesses and they can of course vary in scope, complexity and value depending on the subject matter....

THE BATTLE FOR THE BIKER JEAN

December 2013... The celebrated biker jean. Fashion conscious readers will know what I am talking about. For those that missed this 90’s fashion trend, “biker...

Exclusion Clauses in Commercial Contracts

November 2013... My last article commented on the Consumer Law Reform Bill and the proposal to prohibit the use of “unfair contract terms” in standard form consumer...

THE CONSUMER LAW REFORM BILL & “UNFAIR” CONTRACT TERMS

October 2013... The Consumer Law Reform Bill is before Parliament awaiting its third reading and it is proposed that the Bill will be enacted before the end of this year. The...

Exporter falls short on GST compliance

September 2013... A New Zealand business that manufactured and supplied goods to an overseas purchaser has been found to have made a costly mistake in its treatment of GST. The...

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