• Legislation is showing its teeth
    Posted: Monday 18 December 2017
  • Whether you like it or not, you will probably need to fund your farming operations with borrowing from one of New Zealand’s main trading banks.
    Posted: Monday 18 December 2017
  • A new (uncertain) dawn for farmers
    Posted: Thursday 14 December 2017
  • The summer holiday period often sees a mix of casual and fixed-term employees working on the farm. You must have a written employment agreement in place from the outset for both types of employees.
    Posted: Thursday 14 December 2017
  • Driving, swimming pools and drinking - With the Christmas holidays coming up, we want to remind you about keeping safe this summer – on the roads and in the pool, and to reinforce the message about not serving alcohol to people who are not yet 18 years old.
    Posted: Monday 11 December 2017
  • Can it be fair for everyone? Making sure everyone you care about gets a fair share of your property after you die is an issue most of us grapple with. This may also have additional complications when you have a blended family.
    Posted: Monday 4 December 2017
  • What’s yours is mine? In a world where technology is becoming more prevalent, it’s easy to feel that privacy rights are a thing of the past.
    Posted: Monday 27 November 2017
  • Kiwis love getting out on or in the water boating, fishing and diving for seafood, but water safety MUST be part of your routine. Water Safety New Zealand has put together this simple checklist to help you stay safe this summer.
    Posted: Monday 27 November 2017
  • Putaruru Business Awards 2017
    We came second out of 20 in the Putaruru Business Awards on Saturday night! Our Putaruru Team Leader, Jennie Burney, accepted the award on the night - well done team, we are very proud of you all!
    Posted: Wednesday 22 November 2017
  • Know when to walk away.
    Posted: Monday 16 October 2017
  • There’s a process that should avoid any problems down the line.
    Posted: Monday 9 October 2017
  • The long-awaited Trusts Bill was introduced to Parliament on 1 August 2017. The Bill is largely an update and restatement of the Trustee Act 1956 and the common law. However, it also deals with practical issues that have faced lawyers and trustees for some years. We outline some of the most important parts of the Bill.
    Posted: Thursday 5 October 2017
  • Have I made one? The law around trusts is ever-changing particularly with relationship property and matrimonial issues. The courts continue to chip away at the trust as an appropriate vehicle to protect assets against a relationship breakup.
    Posted: Monday 25 September 2017
  • Look after your property

    Four years ago we published an article about the risk of fire in the rural sector and the consequences of not holding appropriate insurance cover (Rural eSpeaking, Issue 12, Winter–Spring 2013). The number of rural fires throughout the country seems to be increasing each year.
    Posted: Friday 22 September 2017
  • The use of closed circuit television (CCTV) and/or security cameras are useful security tools for businesses to deter unwanted behaviour and identify wrongdoers. When you’re deciding whether to install and use CCTV and/or security cameras to protect your business, you must be aware of your obligations under the Privacy Act 1993.
    Posted: Tuesday 19 September 2017
  • When the court makes a decision that an individual or business is owed a debt, it issues a judgment order telling the debtor that they must pay the creditor. However, often creditors are left wondering what happens if the debtor doesn’t pay. Find out how the court can assist you in recovering an undisputed civil debt.
    Posted: Monday 18 September 2017
  • Most businesses use standard form documents such as terms of trade, or terms and conditions, in their daily operations. These documents often contain clauses relating to one or more of the 11 statutes which have been replaced by the Contracts and Commercial Law Act 2017. This Act came into force on 1 September 2017.
    Posted: Thursday 14 September 2017
  • Business owners and employers should be aware that there is new employment legislation on the horizon.
    Posted: Tuesday 12 September 2017
  • Many New Zealand businesses and trusts must complete registration and understand their reporting obligations

    With the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regime now in effect, it’s important that all New Zealand entities ensure they are aware of their obligations.
    Posted: Monday 11 September 2017
  • The basic outline (or ‘footprint’) of a flat on a cross lease title is shown on a flat plan deposited with Land Information New Zealand and attached to your title.

    If you make additions that alter the footprint of your flat, the only way to correct the title is to deposit a new flat plan, and this can easily cost thousands of dollars.
    Posted: Monday 28 August 2017
  • If you’re buying a house, you will of course need insurance cover for your new property, and your lender will require it.
    Posted: Monday 21 August 2017

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Supporting the Community

When we learned about Nixon Knight's need for 'new ears' and the amazing community fund raising efforts we wanted to help. We were able to help set up the new trust Hear 4 Kidz Trust. The money raised to help Nixon hear and many other children is amazing. Read some of the success here


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