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Gifting and residential care subsidies

Monday, 6 August 2018

Author: Jillene Peters

From 1 October 2011 a change in The Tax Administration Act saw the abolition of gift duty. While this means that you can now transfer property freely without incurring gift duty, you do need to be aware of the implications of making large gifts, because the law relating to eligibility for residential care subsidies under the Social Security Act has not changed. Read more

Land covenants - check before you purchase a property

Monday, 2 July 2018

Author: Annette Edwards

Before you purchase a property, it is important to check the title to the property to see if there are any land covenants registered. The land covenants may contain restrictions, for example, on what you can build on the property and how you may use the property. Read more

Pohutukawa punishment includes prison….

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Author: Pervinder Kaur

The Court of Appeal recently upheld a custodial sentence (prison) issued by the lower court for environmental breaches. The case explored the actions of a developer and his systemic disregard for the protection measures provided for pōhutukawa and tōtara trees in the Operative Auckland District Plan and Unitary Plan. Read more