• 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
  • Renting out residential property is a great way to make some extra money, pay your mortgage off faster and build an investment nest egg. It can cause real frustration, however, when your tenant fails to pay rent on time.
    Posted: Monday 14 August 2017
  • An agreement to lease is an agreement between a landlord and tenant of commercial property. It gives the parties an opportunity to record their leasing arrangements before they are formalised in a deed of lease.
    Posted: Monday 7 August 2017
  • If you or a member of your family have been granted a protection order under the Domestic Violence Act 1995 you can apply to the Registrar-General of Land under s108 of the Act to hide the information held about you on the Land Register which may otherwise disclose your whereabouts.
    Posted: Monday 7 August 2017
  • We are running our Employment Law Bootcamp as our next free seminar. Join Louise Foley at the Turangi Community Health Centre, Thursday 27 July at 5.30pm. Come along and remind yourself of the systems and processes that most of us find a little daunting.
    Posted: Wednesday 19 July 2017
  • The pundits were right. The Minister of Finance, the Hon Steven Joyce, presented his first Budget on Thursday 25 May and it was definitely a ‘steady as she goes affair’ with few surprises.

    The Minister said the outlook for New Zealand’s economy is positive and the Crown’s books are steadily improving. We highlight some of the Budget’s key points below.
    Posted: Friday 26 May 2017
  • We’re great supporters of the Tauhara College 1st IV rugby team and are really proud of their second place finish this year. Yes, we give them practical and financial assistance to help with training and to get the team through the season, but it’s the boys’ skill, together with their coaches, families and supporters’ commitment that helps makes the grade.
    Posted: Wednesday 7 December 2016
  • Foreign trusts have been in the news recently. The government has now introduced legislation to tighten up the rules. But what are foreign trusts and is this important to you?
    Posted: Thursday 6 October 2016
  • A frustration for trustees
    Posted: Friday 30 September 2016
  • Trustees need to be cautious. Trusts can sometimes be used to protect assets from future claims by a former spouse or de facto partner. However, lawyers and the courts are continuing to find ways around trusts in order to achieve what they see as justice. Recent decisions indicate why trustees need to be cautious.
    Posted: Friday 30 September 2016
  • Most farmers will agree that working dogs play a crucial part in the day-to-day running of a successful farm. So it’s important that you’re fully aware of your legal obligations and responsibilities associated with owning working dogs. If you don’t, there’s a risk of substantial fines and possibly a conviction.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 August 2016
  • It’s not unknown for us to receive a shocked look from farmer clients when we advise them that they are subject to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 regarding the accommodation they are providing to their staff.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 August 2016
  • As the dairy industry enters the calving season it’s important to be familiar with the new regulations[1] announced in June this year around the management and treatment of bobby calves.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 August 2016
  • Posted: Wednesday 17 August 2016
  • Every day more Kiwis are learning that they have been living in methamphetamine (P)-contaminated properties. Discovering you have purchased a contaminated property can be financially, mentally and physically devastating for you and your family. This article looks at P-testing and the risks if you suspect the property is P-contaminated and nothing is done.
    Posted: Monday 1 August 2016
  • The government announced on 31 July changes to Housing New Zealand’s KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme to help more first home buyers into the property market. These changes are effective from 1 August. If you’re looking at buying your first home, it pays to check whether you’re eligible to withdraw your KiwiSaver funds using the KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawal and to see if you qualify for the HomeStart Grant. Depending on how long you’ve been in KiwiSaver, the money you receive will go a long way in helping you open the door to your first home.
    Posted: Monday 1 August 2016
  • Nothing is worse than planning a celebratory dinner in your new home and finding the oven doesn’t work. How can you ensure this doesn’t happen?
    Posted: Monday 1 August 2016
  • An issue that arises with section purchases is the connection and cost of connecting services (gas, power, phone, internet, ultra fast fibre (UFF), water and sewage). A good developer knows this, but not all are so diligent.
    Posted: Monday 1 August 2016

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