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Tiny house project – Will yours pass muster?

Before you start on your tiny house project it is important to understand what a tiny house is and whether your tiny house will pass muster. This article discusses the two recent decisions about tiny houses in New Zealand and explains what factors you need to consider before you start your tiny house project.
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Implications Of Waikato Regional Plan Change 1

Implications of Waikato Regional Plan Change 1

Further to our first article in this series which provided an overview of the Waikato Regional Plan Change 1, this second article expands on the PC1 rules and explains how they are likely to impact on farming activities around the region.
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Are You Ready For Waikato Regional Plan Change 1?

Are you ready for Waikato Regional Plan Change 1?

As you may know that on 22 April, Waikato Regional Council has notified its decision on the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 for the Waikato and Waipa River Catchments. The article below provides an overview about the Plan Change 1, new rules and its effect on farming activities.
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New fast track process for consents and designations

Cabinet has now approved an initiative to fast-track approval of resource consents for large-scale infrastructure and development projects. The change is designed as a short-term intervention to help with the economic recovery from Covid-19. In this article we discuss the key features of the streamlined process.
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Relief for Businesses impacted by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in world history. Never before have we encountered a worldwide shut down of economies. The impact of this pandemic is going to be equally unprecedented and the road forward will be paved with uncertainty.
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A ‘Safe Harbour’ for Directors during rough times

Part of the Government’s Business Relief package announced on 3 April 2020 was temporary changes to the duties that directors owe under the Companies Act 1993. These changes provide a ‘safe habour’ to directors for companies facing significant liquidity problems due to COVID-19.
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Be aware of “Avoidance Policies” when developing in coastal area

When interpreting “Avoidance Policies” in the National Coastal Policy Statement (the NZCPS), the courts are adopting a strict approach that requires absolute avoidance of adverse effects on the values protected. That approach could significantly limit the ability to obtain a resource consent for any activities on and around New Zealand’s coastal area where “Avoidance Policies” are triggered. It could also apply to other resource management areas.
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