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Further guidance provided by the Overseas Investment Office

18 May 2017 Property and real estate law, Overseas investment

In its latest news update issued late last week, the Overseas Investment Office (‘OIO’) provided further guidance on what constitutes sensitive land and the requirements for overseas investment applications. More >>

Second Insolvency Working Group report released

15 May 2017 Insolvency and restructuring

Today the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced the release of the Insolvency Working Group’s second and final report which covers voidable transactions, Ponzi schemes and other corporate insolvency matters. More >>

Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe: Iwi Participation Arrangements

21 Apr 2017 Environment and planning, Māori business

“The commitment to Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe agreements is ground-breaking as we at last have a universal vehicle through which iwi and Councils can develop a deeper understanding and agree collaborative arrangements that protect our natural ecosystems and enable sustainable development consistent with our kaitiakitanga values.”- Sir Mark Soloman (Deputy Chair of the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group) More >>

Grace period ends: availability and secondary employment rules now in force

12 Apr 2017 Employment law and labour relations, Employment relations

1 April 2017 marked the end of the transition period for ensuring all existing employment agreements comply with the new rules relating to availability and secondary employment provisions under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (‘the Act’). More >>

New employment laws in effect from 1 April 2017

31 Mar 2017 Employment law and labour relations, Employment relations

Cancelled shifts may be costly for employers without cancellation clauses More >>

Select Committee approves proposed changes to resource consent processes

30 Mar 2017 Environment and planning, National level, regional and district planning documents and plan changes

It is now expected that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 ('Bill') will be passed in substantially the form it was reported back from the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, following agreement being reached with the Maori Party to support it at the Third Reading stage. More >>

Select Committee supports greater national direction in resource management

27 Mar 2017 Environment and planning, National level, regional and district planning documents and plan changes

After a prolonged period of 14 months considering 764 public submissions, the Select Committee has issued its long-awaited report on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. More >>

How will amendments to the Construction Contracts Act affect insolvency practitioners?

27 Mar 2017 Construction and infrastructure, Insolvency and restructuring

In less than a week, amendments to the Construction Contracts Act (CCA) will come into force which are designed to facilitate the payment of retention money to contractors, even in the event of an insolvency. More >>

CCA retention and instrument regimes a reality

24 Mar 2017 Construction and infrastructure

On Thursday 23 March, the Regulatory Systems (Commercial Matters) Amendment Bill passed its third and final reading. With royal assent coming, the Bill will become law before 31 March. More >>

New employment laws affecting Easter Sunday

17 Mar 2017 Employment law and labour relations

Changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 (the Act) which came into effect in August last year will affect shop trading this Easter. More >>

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