• The long-awaited Health and Safety Reform Bill passed into law on 27 August and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 will come into force in April next year. As you are no doubt aware, the legislation will have significant implications for all businesses and the farming sector. If you are a business owner or farmer, you should note the upcoming changes and get prepared.
    Posted: Saturday 5 September 2015
  • Taupo’s largest provider of legal services, Le Pine & Co is delighted to announce that, as from 1 September 2015, Putaruru-based Barrister and Solicitor Tim Kinder will merge his practice with them and become a partner in the firm.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 September 2015
  • Marriage, in the eyes of the law, is a largely – although not entirely – outdated institution; it’s now ‘relationships’ that are important. When a relationship comes to an end, dividing up the assets can be a challenging task. For rural families, in particular, it pays to plan well ahead to protect the assets you own outright, as well as those in which you have an interest.
    Posted: Friday 28 August 2015
  • On 24 July, the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee reported back to Parliament on the Health and Safety Reform Bill. There are some modifications to the Bill that will be welcomed by farmers; we outline the significant changes below.
    Posted: Sunday 23 August 2015
  • In March 2015, the government announced a package of measures designed to strengthen the enforcement of minimum employment standards.
    Posted: Sunday 23 August 2015
  • Before you buy a property, it’s prudent to check for any geotechnical issues. Often any known geotechnical matters or hazards are highlighted in the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) from your local council. If concerns are highlighted it’s up to you to investigate further.
    Posted: Friday 14 August 2015
  • Obligations of both landlords and tenants
    Posted: Friday 7 August 2015
  • Make sure you know what renovations need a building consent
    Posted: Thursday 30 July 2015
  • In May the government announced proposed changes to the tax rules for New Zealand and non-resident investors who buy residential property with the intention of selling the property and making a gain. The proposed ‘bright line’ test will require income tax to be paid on any gains and will be taxed at the seller’s normal income tax rate. It’s proposed that this rule will take effect from 1 October 2015.
    Posted: Thursday 30 July 2015
  • Every year our fire service is kept busy battling blazes in rural areas which cause substantial damage to the landscape and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to put out. So who is responsible for the costs associated with fighting the fire and any damage caused by the fire?
    Posted: Thursday 16 July 2015
  • There are a number of common assumptions made about access to a person’s Will and what happens after the Will-maker has died. Television and movies often contain scenes in which, after a person’s death, the estate lawyer and all the beneficiaries get together for a formal reading of the Will. While there’s nothing to prevent this from happening, there’s no requirement to do so and it rarely happens in New Zealand. Usually the estate lawyers write to each of the beneficiaries
    Posted: Friday 10 July 2015
  • Ensure your Terms are robust. Despite a post-quake construction boom in Christchurch, an unprecedented number of building firms are going bust. Reports surfaced earlier this year of almost 100 rebuild-related companies having been placed into liquidation since the February 2011 earthquake, owing tens of millions of dollars. Some relatively high profile companies have fallen victim in recent times, emphasising that even large, well-established businesses are not immune to poor management and the
    Posted: Wednesday 24 June 2015
  • April saw a number of protests across the country concerning the use of zero hours contracts. A significant number of the protests occurred outside fast food outlets – the fast food industry having been identified as a key sector in which zero hours contracts are used.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 June 2015
  • This year’s Budget, delivered on 21 May, contained few surprises and, generally speaking, little of significance for business. The Budget did, however, confirm that the government will increase measures to ensure people buying and selling residential property for profit, including overseas buyers, pay their fair share of tax.
    Posted: Friday 12 June 2015
  • Due Diligence is vital. When buying any business, assets or property it’s important to undertake a due diligence investigation into what you are looking to buy. If you’re buying rural property, it comes with its own unique set of issues for which you need to take particular care.
    Posted: Monday 11 May 2015
  • Music group Baha Men asked this in their 1998 single. It’s a question
    you may well be asking if it’s your dog that gets out and is involved
    in a dog attack.
    Posted: Wednesday 6 May 2015
  • It’s a common misconception that you don’t need a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report when you buy bare
    land, or when the house and buildings have been signed off by your local authority. A LIM is provided by the local
    authority and contains information it holds on the property.
    Posted: Tuesday 28 April 2015
  • For many of us, buying a home is the largest purchase we will ever make. That’s why spending a few hundred dollars on a pre-purchase building report is so important as it can save you hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in years to come thousands, of dollars in years to come. The report is one of the final hurdles in purchasing a property, so it’s important to know the process and your rights as a purchaser and also as a vendor.
    Posted: Thursday 23 April 2015
  • Often people agree to accept the appointment as an attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) without really understanding what’s involved and what will be expected of them.
    Posted: Wednesday 11 February 2015
  • The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 (which amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 and comes into force on 6 March 2015) makes significant changes to New Zealand employment law.
    Posted: Wednesday 4 February 2015
  • On 1 January 2015 the Building Amendment Act 2013 came into force. As well as strengthening the consumer protection provisions currently in the Building Act 2004, it also implements new obligations for builders and increases their potential liability. If you work in the building industry, it’s important that you are aware of these changes so you don’t get caught out.
    Posted: Thursday 22 January 2015

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