Saving to buy your first home is always a challenge. Unfortunately, Budget 2018 hasn't provided much for first home buyers.

Budget 2018: no changes for first home buyers

May, 2018

While Labour was vocal on the campaign trail about helping people into their first home, there’s not much for those people to get excited about in this year’s Budget. There are no direct initiatives to help prospective first home buyers in Canterbury, though there are a few measures which will help some in other parts […]

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The 2018 Budget provides Christchurch with a few things, including an earthquake insurance tribunal and capital funding for major projects

Budget 2018: what’s in it for Christchurch?

May, 2018

This year’s Budget offered up few surprises overall. It was no different in the areas relating to Christchurch earthquake recovery. A number of new initiatives received funding, but most had already been announced in the past few months. Still, we’re pleased to see that the coalition is following through with these promises. Christchurch needs Government […]

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Prenuptial agreements: Harry and Meghan aren’t getting one – should you?

April, 2018

Prenuptial agreements are becoming a more popular option for couples around the world—though they’re not always for everyone. As reported by Seven Sharp, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have opted not to sign one. Is that the right call? Well, it’s different for everyone of course—but what’s important is that they’ll have talked about it. Because […]

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Cryptopia problems? We want to get it sorted out for you

March, 2018

Cryptocurrency trading platform Cryptopia is alleged to have fallen short in its obligations to customers, holding on to deposits or failing to process trades. We think this could justify legal action—and possibly a class action lawsuit, given the number of people who may be affected. So we want to hear from you if you’re a […]

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Smart Contracts: the way of the future for New Zealand business?

March, 2018

Smart contracts are a logical next step for business. Low-cost, transparent, efficient, and automatic? Why wouldn’t you sign up? But as with any new technological development, it’s about using it wisely, so you or your business can reap the benefits—and avoid any speed bumps. Think about how you carry out your business, and your personal […]

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Wills are an important way to make sure your family is looked after

What happens if I die without a will in New Zealand?

February, 2018

Wills are something every New Zealand adult should have. Wills allow you to say what you want to happen to your property after you die—even though you won’t be there to say it yourself. And yet every year, thousands of New Zealanders die without a will. Estimates suggest that more than half of New Zealanders […]

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Bitcoin

Bitcoin: A good investment? Currency of the future? Or just a flash in the pan?

February, 2018

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are growing as people jump on the bandwagon in New Zealand and elsewhere. But are they a good investment? What are the risks? And what about Bitcoin tax in New Zealand?

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Online contracts: how you can enforce them, and how they can be enforced against you

February, 2018

Online contracts are something you’re party to every day. As a business or consumer, it’s really important to understand how they work—so you know how to make a good one, or to avoid being treated unfairly.

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90 trial changes and New Zealand employment law changes

90-day trial periods remaining for small businesses; but other parts of employment law changing

January, 2018

90-day trial period changes are afoot, along with other changes to New Zealand employment law. Here’s what the law changes mean for your business.

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3000 EQC claims are still unresolved: we’re doing our bit to change that

January, 2018

RNZ’s Checkpoint carried a sobering story Monday evening. Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods revealed that 3000 EQC claims are still unresolved seven years on after the February 2011 earthquake. A lot of earthquake claims and repairs are complex. They do take time, and a lot of people have made it through successfully. But it’s […]

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