• Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) is a bacterial disease commonly found in cows all over the world. First detected in New Zealand in July 2017, it has affected a small number of farms in the South Island and Hawke’s Bay. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is working hard with farmers to control the disease and, if possible, eradicate it from New Zealand.
    Posted: Tuesday 8 May 2018
  • New changes regarding law firms are coming into force and they may affect your next visit to us. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (known as AML/CFT) applies to New Zealand law firms from 1 July of this year.
    Posted: Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • How might this impact you?
    Posted: Tuesday 24 April 2018
  • First detected in New Zealand in July 2017, Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) has become an issue for our agricultural sector.
    Posted: Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • A trending term in the business world over the last year is ‘social enterprise’. This represents a new interpretation on an old way of thinking – that business should be about more than profit. In September 2017, more than 1,600 delegates attended the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch. What were they discussing and what are some ways this movement is seeking to have an impact today?
    Posted: Thursday 5 April 2018
  • A feature of easements that is important and, in many cases, not properly understood is the permanence of an easement and issues that might arise from that over time. Virtually all easements are granted ‘in perpetuity’ which means they last forever.
    Posted: Wednesday 28 March 2018
  • Each year the government reviews the minimum wage.
    Posted: Monday 26 March 2018
  • It can be an unpleasant surprise. Trustees and executors are not always entitled to reimbursement for their litigation costs.
    Posted: Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Rural businesses are no different from any other producers in the market in the sense that the ultimate fruits of their labours are, at some point, sold to a third party, whether that is to a meat company, a fruit packer or exporter, or a wine or dairy company.
    Posted: Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • As parents age, their children often find they need to take an increasing role in looking after them. Unpalatable as it seems, it’s important to think about the legal difficulties that can arise where one member of the family has assumed responsibility.
    Posted: Tuesday 13 March 2018
  • Entitlements under your spouse or partner’s will
    Posted: Thursday 8 March 2018
  • New tax laws are being introduced to prevent multinationals from avoiding tax by shifting profits out of New Zealand. The Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill will affect multinationals operating in New Zealand and overseas
    Posted: Wednesday 21 February 2018
  • Health and safety in the workplace has been brought into the spotlight over the past decade to refocus employers’ attention to ensure the safety of their staff. There have been a number of judgments under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, of which two stand out.
    Posted: Wednesday 14 February 2018
  • Looking to purchase a business? We can help! There are a number of steps involved in buying a business, and working your way through them can seem quite overwhelming, particularly
    for first time buyers.
    Posted: Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • The 2017 general election has given the Labour-led government an opportunity to re-shape the direction of employment law in New Zealand.

    We outline the upcoming changes, announced on 25 January, which include modifications to the 90-day trial period, the restoration of rest periods and collective bargaining. These changes will be incorporated into an amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000. We also touch on the proposed compulsory redundancy provisions.
    Posted: Friday 2 February 2018
  • 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

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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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