The Government recently announced its Wellbeing Budget for 2019 and confirmed the growing mental health crisis in New Zealand. The importance of this issue and how we can support those affected is an ongoing conversation that has become very relevant in the workplace. A holistic approach underpinned by manaakitanga (caring for others) that focuses on proactive prevention and fair responses will go a long way to improve workplace wellness.
The High Court’s decision in Partners Finance and Lease Limited v Richmond  NZHC 34 serves as a timely reminder to ensure that your registrations on the Personal Property Securities Register are accurate. Companies and other entities that lease or provide goods and services to customers on consignment or deferred payment arrangements, in particular, should take note.
Earlier this year, Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced the Government’s Whenua Māori Programme to address the complex and challenging regulatory environment that Māori freehold landowners deal with. The Government has committed $56.1 million over four years to address this.
A recent costs judgment in the High Court undertook an analysis of Rule 14.7(e) of the High Court Rules 2016 which allows the Court to refuse to make an order for costs if the matter is not the public interest. Justice Whata held that this rule does not apply where a dispute is based primarily upon competing claims by two iwi to the same land.
Further to our earlier pānui in March, a raft of further changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (“the Act”) come into effect from 6 May 2019.