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Danger Lurking Underground - buying land with contamination issues

Much of the land in New Zealand has been used for more than one purpose. Previous uses can have unanticipated consequences for prospective owners. For example:
• Sites of early dry cleaning operations which used various chemicals, have now become the sites of central city office buildings.
• Rural land may now ...

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Review of Property (Relationships) Act 1976

On 1 February 2002 the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 heralded in new rules regarding parties’ rights to property on the breakdown of a relationship, or on death. After 15 years of operation it is now being reviewed.

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Thinking of buying rural property in New Zealand?

New Zealand is a great place to live and recent world events are making many overseas residents consider moving to “Godzone”. However, if you are not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may require consent under the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) to purchase land.

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Are your employment agreements compliant?

Last year saw significant changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 in relation to agreed hours of work, availability provisions, and zero hour contracts. Employment agreements must be complaint with the new provisions by 1 April 2017.

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New legislation requires owners to strengthen their quake-prone buildings

The issue of earthquake-prone buildings remains a hot topic. You may have seen recent reports in the media including:

“Wellington considers new earthquake laws that could cost homeowners thousands” – www.stuff.co.nz, 21 January 2017

“Earthquake-prone Hurunui and Marlborough buildings could have just one year to reach building code ...

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