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Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Emission control

One of the most significant pieces of new legislation introduced last year was the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019, more commonly referred to as the ‘Zero Carbon Act’.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Our new normal post-COVID

As I write this editorial, the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a long-lasting effect on New Zealand and the rest of the world. Everyone has been affected in some way – to a greater or lesser degree.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Charities in New Zealand

Charities play an important role in our society to help the disadvantaged, support specific causes or to advance knowledge.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Privacy in an ever-evolving digital age

The Privacy Act has now been passed and will become law on 1 December 2020. It will repeal and replace the current Privacy Act 1993, and will update the law to reflect the continually-evolving needs of the digital age.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Postscript

Smoking in motor vehicles with children now banned

Triangular’ employment legislation in force

Looking after your mental health during COVID

Property Speaking | 22 Jun 2020

Commercial leases post-COVID

In the past three months, most landlords and tenants would have become more familiar with the details of their lease...>

Property Speaking | 22 Jun 2020

Residential tenancies post-COVID

Due to the COVID lockdown and the ensuing impact on the country’s economy, the government has made temporary changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 ...>

Property Speaking | 22 Jun 2020

Property Briefs

Healthy homes standards compliance
Landlord alert - changes to commercial tenancies
Mortgages and loans for property owners ...>

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

The Wellbeing Budget 2020

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

Government’s COVID-19 wage subsidy

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

Business Briefs

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

simpson western | 08 Jun 2020

Covid 19 Rent Relief - Policy released

The Government has announced its plan to change the Property Law Act aimed at facilitating rent and outgoings relief for small businesses that are struggling to meet fixed costs due to the loss of revenue caused by COVID-19.

simpson western | 22 Apr 2020

Time for a Property Portfolio Health Check?

While the country remains at COVID-19 Alert Level 4, you may be considering the need for a new will.

simpson western | 14 Apr 2020

Signing Wills at Alert Level 4

While the country remains at COVID-19 Alert Level 4, you may be considering the need for a new will.

Simpson Western | 31 Mar 2020

Commercial Leases: COVID-19 Alert Level 4

The COVID-19 situation continues to develop quickly in New Zealand, and as many of you already know, we are in unprecedented times.

Simpson Western | 20 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Update from Simpson Western

The COVID-19 situation continues to develop quickly in New Zealand, and as many of you already know, we are in unprecedented times.

Simpson Western | 19 Mar 2020

Minimum Wage Increase

As part of a long-term strategy the government announced a plan to steadily increase the minimum wage in New Zealand between April 2019 and April 2021.

Simpson Western | 17 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Support Package

The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus strain, COVID-19, may be causing concern for Coronavirus Support Package - What's in it for employers/workers

Trust eSpeaking | 05 Mar 2020

Enduring powers of attorney

In previous articles in Trust eSpeaking, we have explained why it is important to have an enduring power of attorney (EPA) and the problems that can be created if you do not have one when the need arises. You should have two EPAs – one for property, and the other for personal care and welfare.

Trust eSpeaking | 05 Mar 2020

Claims on an estate

The Family Protection Act 1955 allows children to bring claims against the estate of a deceased parent on the basis that their parent did not adequately provide for their ‘proper maintenance and support’.

Trust eSpeaking | 05 Mar 2020

Succession law in New Zealand

In late 2019 the Law Commission reported back to the government on its review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA). 

Simpson Western | 19 Feb 2020

Employment Concerns Over Coronavirus

The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus strain, COVID-19, may be causing concern for employers and employees alike...

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Smooth sailing this summer

With summer fast approaching, many businesses will be hiring temporary staff to meet their needs over the busy summer months. Taking on temporary staff can throw up some tricky issues. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Enjoy our waterways - but think water safety!

We are truly blessed to live in the Land of the Long White Cloud. This beautiful country of ours is, however, also the land of water. Wherever you are, you are never far from water. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Trusts Act 2019

The Trusts Act 2019 will come into effect on 30 January 2021. Much of the Act updates or restates existing law.  However, there are a number of changes about which trustees and people with trusts should be aware. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Rural fires

The rural fires of last summer are a reminder of the risk of fire to our communities. The cause of the blaze in the Nelson region, one of New Zealand’s largest plantation fires, was attributed to a spark caused when farm equipment hit a stone. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Fineprint Postscript

Changes ahead in relationship property laws / Proposed reform for incorporated societies legislation ...>

Property Speaking | 07 Nov 2019

Leasing commercial premises

Commercial leases come in varying shapes and sizes. Whether you operate a transport business and need a place to park your trucks...>

Property Speaking | 07 Nov 2019

Residential tenancies

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 came into force on 27 August 2019. This legislation affects both landlords and tenants...>

Property Speaking | 07 Nov 2019

Property Briefs

Frequent buying and selling of property tax rules under review, Buyers must take care when cancelling an agreement, First home buyer scheme changes...>

Property Speaking | 07 Nov 2019

Commercial Leases

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 came into force on 27 August 2019. This legislation affects both landlords and tenants...>

Simpson Western | 05 Nov 2019

Remaining en-garde - your fencing rights

Whether you are looking at putting up a new boundary fence, repairing an existing one or have concerns about what your neighbour plans to do with an existing fence, the Fencing Act 1978 (Act) may be able to step in ...>

Simpson Western | 31 Oct 2019

Raising the Roof on Construction Contracts

The Act creates a payment regime focused on regular and timely payments allowing for steady cashflow between parties. ...>

Simpson Western | 18 Oct 2019

Winding up of a Trust

Most Trusts are established to run for a period of 80 years, but provide for the trustees with the ability to wind up the Trust earlier...>

 

Simpson Western | 09 Oct 2019

What's mine is yours?

The Law Commission's final recommendations for changes to the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Oct 2019

Trusts Act 2019

The new Trusts Act 2019 will come into effect on 30 January 2021. Much of the Act updates or restates law that exists already, either in statute or in case law. There are, however, a number of changes about which trustees and settlors should be aware.