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  • New body corporate laws one step closer

    New body corporate laws are another step closer with the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee having now heard submissions on the Unit Titles (Strengthening Body Corporate Governance and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

  • Jabs, bubbles and burst of changes… Are your employment contracts up to date?

    Changes to New Zealand Employment Law are coming thick and fast since the pandemic landed within our borders. Now is a great time to familiarise yourself and get ahead of the changes ensuring your employment agreements are up-to-date so that your organisation can continue to sail smoothly.

  • New Zealand Government Introduces World-First Climate-Reporting Disclosure Laws

    On April 12, 2021, the New Zealand government introduced an omnibus bill into parliament, aiming to introduce mandatory requirements for businesses in the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on themselves and develop strategies to manage climate change risks and opportunities. The Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2021 (Climate Bill) is touted by the New Zealand government as a "world first" piece of legislation.

  • Call for changes to the way we vote. But will the lawmakers listen?

    After every general election, the Electoral Commission (Commission) issues a report on how the election went and what, if any, improvements can be made. In the report just published on last year’s general election there is good news and a clear signal some significant changes should be made.

  • Is there such a thing as a moral budget?

    As the country stands at that crossroads, today’s budget doesn’t give an entirely clear direction as to which way we’re travelling. Blame Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s instincts. Robertson is a refreshingly emotional politician, unafraid to show his heartfelt empathy for anyone facing tough times. But he is also coolly pragmatic. As fast as he wants to go, he has no appetite for scaring middle voters back to National which means he’s keeping his foot only lightly on the pedal.
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  • Can an interest in a discretionary trust ever be a proprietary interest?

    Kea Investments Limited v Watson [2021] JRC 009 -
 In recent years there have been increasing challenges in foreign courts to the use of corporate and trust structures to hold private wealth. As far as public opinion and news agencies are concerned trusts are utilised for tax avoidance — if not tax evasion — and the avoidance of legitimate claims from the likes of creditors and estranged spouses.

  • How did the cyber-criminals get away? They ransomware

    What do brewery giants, infrastructure conglomerates, hospitals, and the city of Tulsa have in common? Each have recently been the victim of a ransomware. And they’re just a few of a strew of recent ransomware-based attacks around the world, including in Aotearoa. 

  • The 21st Century’s “Chernobyl moment” - Panel finds crucial failures in WHO and worldwide response to COVID-19

    The Helen Clark-led COVID-19 panel of experts has found there were crucial shortcomings in the world’s response to the deadly pandemic, which has now claimed over 3.3 million lives. 

  • Financial Law Insight - A spoonful of sugar to help the CoFI go down

    Last month MBIE released two Consultation Papers relating to the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill – or as it’s known, the CoFI regime.

  • Council-controlled organisations must facilitate the right to freedom of expression

    The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision made by Regional Facilities Auckland Ltd (RFAL) to cancel an event hosting two controversial “alt right” speakers. In doing so, the court held that a council-controlled organisation (CCO) is under an obligation to facilitate the right to freedom of expression when it hires out a venue for a paid event.

Featured documents

  • New Zealand Passes Landmark Patent Law Reform

    Following on from recent patent law changes in the U.S. and Australia, New Zealand recently passed the Patents Act 2013 (Act). With the passing of this Act, New Zealand patent law has been overhauled and modernised so that it is now consistent with the patent laws of other developed countries....

  • Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Regulation of Foreign Investment

 One of the first matters a foreign company or investor must consider when planning to invest in New Zealand is the impact of New Zealand’s foreign investment policy. 

  • Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Exchange Control

 Currency movements in and out of New Zealand are subject to certain controls. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 imposes restrictions on transfer of money to detect and deter money laundering and the financing of...

  • Guide to Doing Business in New Zealand: Company Law (Updated)

 Some general matters relating to company law in New Zealand are discussed below.
 The Companies Act principally regulates companies.
 The Companies Act, together with major...

  • Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Exchange Control (Updated)



 Currency movements in and out of New Zealand are subject to certain controls. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 imposes restrictions on transfer of money to detect and deter money laundering and the financing of...

  • Labour's First 100 Days for Workplace Law

    As the first 100 days of the Prime Minister Jacinta Arden led Labour government comes to a close this week, we take a look at the status of the government's proposed amendments to workplace and immigration policy to date.
 Labour's priorities within its first 100 days in this space...

  • New Zealand: Critical Employment Law Changes

    New Zealand employers should be aware that there are several significant legislative changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act) taking effect this spring. This article briefly reviews key amendments that recently took effect, or take effect today. We also highlight potential changes to...

  • COVID-19 – Implications for real estate deals (New Zealand)

    The question is not if COVID-19 has the potential to alter legal agreements relating to property, but how. Can you cancel or terminate your lease or agreement for sale and purchase? Is this a force majeure event? Who takes the risk on time or cost? Supply chains are at risk, the wider tourism and...

  • Preparing for the IPRA

    With just three months until the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019 (IPRA) changes come in, what should you be doing to prepare?
 With the IPRA fast approaching, we set out what insolvency practitioners should be doing to prepare for the changes....

  • Doing more business with data means doing more work on privacy

    Out of lockdown many organisations will be collecting and dealing with more data than ever, and more sensitive data than ever before. That could be for the purposes of offering products and services in what’s recently been coined the ‘shut-in economy.’ It could also be in order to to better protect ...