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When it comes to law, knowledge is often power. Which is why we want to share our take on different legal matters you might be facing in business or personal life. Here’s the latest…

Our thinking

When it comes to law, knowledge is often power. Which is why we want to share our take on different legal matters you might be facing in business or personal life. Here’s the latest…

The Times-They-are-a-Changin’- The new Climate Change Adaptation Act

On 10 February 2021 the incumbent Government confirmed what many ‘in the know’ had been anticipating for some time – the Resource Management Act’s three-decade reign is to come to an end. This, of course, comes on the back of a comprehensive review of New Zealand’s resource management system which was authored by the Resource Management Review Panel (the Panel). A ‘hot’ topic Many would argue that climate change is the defining issue of our time due to the potential for far-reaching effects, especially if mitigation measures are not implemented and actioned. Under all emission scenarios surface temperatures are projected…

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Residential Care Subsidy – will your gifting mean you’re not eligible?

The residential care subsidy (“the Subsidy”) provides financial support towards any long-term residential care you might need in a rest home or hospital. If you need residential care and do not qualify for the subsidy, you will need to pay the full cost of your care. Applications for the Subsidy are made to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and involve an asset and income assessment. An assets assessment considers the value of the assets of a person as at the date of the assessment and determines whether those assets are above, equal to, or below the applicable asset threshold. …

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Key steps for a unit title subdivision

Unit titles are becoming more popular and more complex as we see limited greenfield space available for housing, and limited funding for greenfields infrastructure, making infill an easier and more efficient land use option. This article looks at the basics of forming a unit title development from a fee simple section.
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Privacy Act 2020 – What Are The Impacts On Your Organisation?

Privacy Act 2020 – What are the impacts on your organisation?

In addition to Christmas, December 2020 is bringing us a new Privacy Act. The Privacy Act 2020 comes into force on 1 December 2020. With it, comes some changes you need to be aware of before you get into holiday mode. In this article, Jess Mathieson sets out the recent legal developments in this area and the potential implications if you are not up to speed with the new requirements.
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Have You Failed A CPO By Selling, Or Supplying Alcohol To A Minor?

Have you failed a CPO by selling, or supplying alcohol to a minor?

As an alcohol licensing specialist lawyer, I see licensees sign negotiated suspension agreements with the Police on the basis that they have sold alcohol to a minor (an alleged failed CPO). However, this is not as black & white as it seems. The article below provides commentary on s 239(1) and the offences covered by that section.
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To Fence Or Not To Fence – The New Stock Exclusion Regulations

To fence or not to fence – the new stock exclusion regulations

The Government has released new policies in relation to freshwater to ensure good quality water is available in the future. As a part this, new stock exclusion regulations came into force on 3 September 2020 and we outline what you need to know.
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