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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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Partners are also entitled to use the paid parental leave, if the mother transfers part of her entitlement

Paid parental leave increases: will the PM miss out?

January, 2018

Congratulations to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on the news that they are expecting their first child in June. Will that mean they’re eligible for the extra paid parental leave that was passed by Parliament last year? Probably not–though there’s a slim chance it might work out that way. Their case is a […]

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Surrogacy in New Zealand

October, 2017

No Commercial Surrogacy Surrogacy is the conception method by which a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for a different couple who will become the parents after the child’s birth. In New Zealand, it can be extremely difficult for couples who have trouble conceiving to move forward with a surrogacy arrangement. Surrogacy is legal in […]

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Preparing for the Disputes Tribunal – What You Need to Know

October, 2017

Amount of Claim The Disputes Tribunal is a useful tool to determine a dispute that is up to $15,000 (increased to $20,000 with the agreement of all parties). The purpose of the Tribunal is to provide for the litigation of disputes at a low cost. There must be a genuine dispute before the matter can […]

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Are Your Terms of Trade Giving You the Protection You Think?

August, 2017

This is a question that Justice Nation was somewhat indirectly asked to decide in his recent decision in Thorn v United Steel Ltd [2017] NZHC 1865. The background can be set out relatively concisely. United Steel Ltd (“United Steel”) was approached by Mr Thorn to provide steel to one of his companies. As you would […]

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Josh’s Experience with Canterbury Legal

July, 2017

What made you want to own your own home? It’s the classic Kiwi dream to own your own home. Aside from that, it is a good investment and I’d put it down to a few main reasons from a financial stand point. Having a roof over your head is a necessity and renting is a […]

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Methamphetamine Affected Residences

July, 2017

P LABS The manufacturing and use of methamphetamine more commonly known as P or meth in residential homes has become a huge problem for New Zealand landlords and home owners. People exposed to even small amounts commonly experience rashes, headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and shortness of breath. The research on the long term effects of […]

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Litigation: an electronic future?

September, 2016

The Higher Courts have recently introduced a Civil Electronic Document Protocol (12 April 2016) as a guide to Counsel and the Courts. The Protocol is intended to encourage and facilitate the use of electronic documents for civil cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The Protocol is perhaps the first steps […]

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Construction Contracts Act 2002: New Amendments – Are you in the know?

September, 2016

Earlier this year, Parliament introduced a Bill to update and amend the Construction Contracts Act 2002. If you are in the construction industry there are several proposed changes that may impact you. The key changes proposed by the Bill are: Removing most differences between residential and commercial contracts, including requiring the same disclosures for commercial […]

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Are you interested in investing in residential property in New Zealand? There may be tax consequences for you.

September, 2016

The Taxation (Bright-Line Test for Residential Land) Act 2015, took effect from 1 October 2015. The changes mean that if you buy and sell residential property within two years after 1 October 2015 any gains made during that period may be taxable. There are some exceptions. The new rules won’t apply to your main home, […]

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