• 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
  • You want to do what on my land?
    Posted: Tuesday 12 July 2016
  • Drink driving is one of the key causes of road accidents in New Zealand.
    Posted: Tuesday 12 July 2016
  • Using an enduring power of attorney
    Posted: Monday 11 July 2016
  • Other options if your business is shaky... Even the best of operators can face financial struggles and at such times a wounded business loses friends quickly.
    Posted: Tuesday 31 May 2016
  • Le Pine & Co is delighted to be a Bronze Partner of Taupō’s Winter Festival, which gets underway on 14 July and offers world-class theatre, comedy and music shows as well as a whole lot of free activities and an action packed programme.
    Posted: Friday 27 May 2016
  • Sometimes you do... The way we live our lives and operate our businesses is always changing. Amongst the biggest changes is the move to electronic communication and information. Despite its potential for quick, efficient communication and the reduction in the need for paper and storage, ironically, many people find themselves surrounded by more paper than ever!
    Posted: Thursday 26 May 2016
  • If you are in a de facto relationship, there could be significant financial implications for you if you separate, or if your partner (or you) dies
    Posted: Wednesday 13 April 2016
  • You have just moved into your new home and your neighbour knocks on your door. They say that your garage is two metres into their boundary, and that they need this space to widen their driveway. Suddenly you wish you had known where your boundary was before you purchased the property.
    Posted: Wednesday 13 April 2016
  • All too often shareholders overlook the need to properly secure the advances they make to their company, or the guarantees they grant in favour of their company, without being aware of the consequences that can result from this oversight. By registering security over the assets of their company, shareholders can effectively and efficiently secure their advances to that company and feel assured that steps have been taken to safeguard their investment.
    Posted: Tuesday 12 April 2016
  • Posted: Tuesday 5 April 2016

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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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