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Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act update

By Thomas Gibbons - March 2019

The recent Enterprise Miramar Peninsula Incorporated v Wellington City Council [2018] NZCA 541 provides important commentary on how Councils should approach Qualifying Development Resource Consent applications – that is, on how section 34 of the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 should be interpreted - and on bias in local authority decisions.

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$100m funding package for Māori development and infrastructure

By Kylee Katipo - February 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the allocation of $100 million from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund to support Māori economic development. The allocation is intended to help build prosperity for Māori and to help unlock the economic potential of Māori in the regions.

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No more letting fees

By Dale Thomas - January 2019

This article discusses the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Act 2018 where the charging of letting fees to tenants is now deemed an "unlawful act", and landlords now have to meet these costs.

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Testamentary promises

By Hayley Roberts - January 2019

A Testamentary Promise is a promise made by one person (“Person A”) to another (“Person B”) in that Person B will receive compensation for providing services to Person A. There are four requirements to prove a Testamentary Promise exists and the Court will consider a number of factors.

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Invalidity of Wills

By Melissa Gibson - December 2018

Recent cases have outlined important considerations regarding the requirements necessary to prove a Will to be invalid. There is some confusion around the grounds upon which a Will can be challenged, leading to unnecessary costs in questioning the validity of a Will.

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