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Debt recovery 101

Unfortunately, debt recovery is part of running a business. The start of a new calendar year and the impending end of the financial year is as good of a time as any to undertake a debt recovery health check for your business.

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House and Land packages vs. Buy and Build

Since the Christchurch earthquakes the landscape of Christchurch has changed from previously built homes within established neighbourhoods to new subdivisions with new builds, it could be suggested that we are seeing this trend to accommodate for the expanding housing needs of those living within the region.
In most subdivisions you ...

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Residence visa rules update

INZ has also further tweaked residence visa requirements. In effect, the minimum salary level has increased for those wanting to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).

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Work visa rules update

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently further tweaked the work visa changes it made last year. In effect, the minimum salary levels have increased.

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Lending money to a family member? Make sure you record it!

The ‘bank of mum and dad’ is probably the most used bank anywhere in the world. However, all too often, loans between family members are not formally recorded. This creates complications if family members later fall out or one party dies. The issue then is whether the advance was a ...

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Do I need a Will?

A lot of clients ask us if they need a Will. Our answer is always “yes”.

The truth is, that not having a Will creates added expense, time and complexity to your estate administration. It also leaves your family in doubt as to what your wishes really were.

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Property syndicates – the lowdown

There has been a lot of activity in the property syndication market in the last few years. You might have thought about investing in a property syndicate or even looked at establishing one. We give you the lowdown on what it’s all about.

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Cavell Leitch Spotlight - Rapaki Property Group

For more than 25 years Cavell Leitch has shared an immensely valued working relationship with Simon Henry, one of Christchurch’s largest industrial property investors, and his Rapaki Property Group. During this time Cavell Leitch has assisted Rapaki with the acquisition, development and leasing of a number of commercial and ...

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The cost of compliance

The past few years have seen a number of law changes which have impacted our service with no real value added to the transactions we complete for our clients. To name but a few, there has been increased compliance with the introduction of the Bright line test and the associated ...

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Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has teeth

If it wasn’t clear beforehand, it should be clear now – the penalties being handed out for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) are large, and could cripple a business, particularly small operators. There are likely to be companies that will cease trading as a result ...

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