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Publications

Testamentary guardians: Should your child have one?

By Hayley Revell - September 2017

The Care of Children Act 2004 makes provision for a parent to appoint Testamentary Guardians for their children through their will. If both parents (or one parent in some situations) die without a Testamentary Guardian appointed, it will be a decision of the Courts to appoint a guardian for your children. There is no guarantee that your child/children will be appointed a Testamentary Guardian that you would have chosen yourself.

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Beneficiary access to information - The new Trusts Bill

By Leone Farquhar - August 2017

A beneficiary of a Trust does not have a right (as such) to information held by the Trust. Beneficiaries can request information from trustees, however, trustees can refuse to provide it in exercising their fiduciary duties. But what does that mean/what process do they have to go through in deciding whether or not to disclose information? If the new Trusts Bill is enacted, the law around disclosure of information to beneficiaries will be made clearer.

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Protecting Māori interests in the Takutai Moana

By Jerome Burgess - July 2017

The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 acknowledges the importance of the marine and coastal area to all New Zealanders and provides for the recognition of the customary rights of iwi, hapū and whānau in the common marine and coastal area. Public access to the common marine and coastal area is guaranteed by the Act.

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Resource legislation amendments - Changes to the land acquisition process

By Amanda Hockley - July 2017

In this article, Amanda provides an update on the amendments to the land acquisition process as part of the recent resource legislation amendments.

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2017 Unit Titles Reforms

By Thomas Gibbons - June 2017

This article looks into the Regulatory Systems (Building and Housing) Amendment Act 2017 and the Unit Titles Amendment Regulations 2017, which both came into force on 30 May 2017.

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