Publications

Legal publications and resources from our team on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients' needs.

Publications

Legal publications and resources from our team on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients' needs.

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Seven things you should know about the latest RMA reforms

The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 has made important changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 and four other Acts across a range of areas. This article identifies seven things that you should know about the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017.

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Published by Hayley Roberts
Testamentary guardians: Should your child have one?

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

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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Published by Amanda Hockley
Resource legislation amendments - Changes to the land acquisition process

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

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Published by Jerome Burgess
Protecting Māori interests in the Takutai Moana

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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2017 Unit Titles Reforms

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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Trust busting (Part 2): Constructive trusts

There have been a number of Court decisions in recent years in which it has been found that assets of a trust can be accessed for the purposes of a relationship property division. In Vervoort v Forrest & Ors the Court of Appeal refused to recognise the existence of a constructive trust, however lessons can be learned from this decision, which is summarised in this article.

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New standards for the testing of meth-contaminated properties

In this article, we provide an update on the development of new standards for the testing and treatment of properties contaminated by methamphetamine. 

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Changes to the construction retentions regime

In this article we summarise the imminent changes to the construction retentions regime.

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Changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney 2017

Changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney have just come into force.

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Published by Dale Thomas
Healthy Rivers - The implications of cleaning up the Waikato River

The Proposed Plan Change 1 for Waikato Regional Council has been dubbed “Healthy Rivers” and is an 80 year plan to clean up the Waikato and Waipa rivers along their entire lengths. The plan change will impact farms in the Waikato Region, of all types, as well as commercial vegetable growers and so it is important that farmers and professionals alike are up to date on what the plan means.

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International trade and Incoterms

This article considers some of the issues to consider when contracting to ship goods from overseas.

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Published by Hayley Roberts
KiwiSaver for the first home buyer

This article summarises the potential benefits available with the KiwiSaver scheme for those in the position of “first-home buyer”.

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Could your trust be busted too?

For many years, trusts have been used as a form of asset management and/or asset protection. They are still very much a useful tool for this, however, the recent Supreme Court case of Clayton v Clayton is a warning that trusts can be “busted” in certain circumstances.

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The use of electronic signatures

This article summarises the law on the use of electronic signatures.