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  • P/Meth Testing

    September 2016

    Should you consider having a property tested for P contamination prior to purchase?The use of Methamphetamine or “P” is a well-known issue in New Zealand. In 2001, New Zealand and Australia combined had one of the highest levels of usage in ...

  • Property Taxation – Land transfer tax forms

    September 2016

    On 1st October 2015, a new law was introduced where all parties to transaction that includes a transfer of land or an interest in land have to complete a Land Transfer Tax Statement as part of the registration process. The only ...

  • Selling to Overseas Buyers

    September 2016

    What you need to know If you are selling your lifestyle property or holiday home in New Zealand to an overseas buyer, there may be requirements that need to be met before the sale can proceed. Under the Overseas Investment Act ...

  • A Warning for Residential Landlords

    September 2016

    The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 The new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force on 4 April 2016, bringing with it a raft of changes to the country’s health and safety regime. This article examines ...

  • Building Act changes

    June 2016

    What you need to know The Building Act 2004 (“the Act”) was amended with effect from 1 January 2015 bringing about sweeping consumer protection changes. It has been almost 18 months since the Act was amended and we are still seeing ...

  • Construction Law changes

    June 2016

    The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (“CCA”) governs cashflow and dispute resolution under construction contracts. There have recently been amendments passed to this Act, and there are some important changes to be aware of, and a three stage implementation of the changes. ...

  • Family Property Arrangements - Part 2

    June 2016

    Elderly parents moving in with children In our Autumn 2016 edition, we outlined some of the issues that need to be considered in situations where parents lend money to assist their adult children in the purchase of a property. In this ...

  • Avoiding Disqualifications

    June 2016

    Where a limited or “work” licence may not be sufficient.In the Autumn edition of our Law Report, we looked at how people who have been disqualified from driving can, in certain circumstances, apply to the District Court for issue of a ...

  • Administering Family Trusts

    March 2016

    Too often clients think of themselves and their Family Trust as being interchangeable – they are not. The Family Trust is a separate legal entity operated by the trustees. The trustees in turn have legal obligations towards all beneficiaries named in ...

  • Company Issues

    March 2016

    When a company is in financial difficulty, it might enter voluntary administration, receivership or liquidation. There are important differences between these processes, as outlined below. Voluntary Administration Under Part 15A of the Companies Act 1993 (‘the Act’), an administrator may be ...


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