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Owners of properties in Christchurch’s red zones, who have either not received a Crown Offer to purchase their land, or who did not accept the offer that they received, have now learnt the new process that will be followed for Crown Offers to be made to them. The Canterbury Earthquake More »
After prolonged political wrangling, reforms to judicial review in the UK were enacted mid-February. The changes are claimed by the British Government to be aimed at reducing the burden of vexatious judicial review applications on the public service. Judicial review involves the court reviewing the More »
A wide range of approaches to review and appeal rights of regulatory decisions exists internationally, an Australian research paper on regulation has found. The paper’s findings are worth considering after the lengthy and intensive High Court decision on merits review of input methodologies More »
Two recent Court decisions on earthquake recovery matters also deal with important public law issues on the third source of government power and the use of declaratory judgements. Third source of power not a constitutional blank cheque The Supreme Court has limited the scope of the Government More »
Construction Contracts Amendment Bill Bill proposes amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2002, which sets out default process payment arrangements and a dispute resolution process. Amendments include changes to the enforcement process, hindering the scope of contracts covered by the Act and More »
In response to a number of minimum entitlement complaints and cases involving serious breaches of workers' minimum entitlements, the Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse, has announced new penalties for employers who breach employment standards. The Minister said the More »
A recent case in the Employment Relations Authority Parikshit v James Richardson (NZ) Limited looked at the issue of whether an employee had been provided a reasonable opportunity to obtain independent advice before signing his employment agreement and the impact on the validity of the trial period More »
This year ANZAC day falls on a weekend (Saturday). In previous years workers who worked a standard Monday to Friday working week have missed out on the ANZAC Day public holiday when it has fallen on a weekend because it was not otherwise a working day for that worker. This changed with the More »
The Health and Safety Reform Bill currently before a parliamentary select committee will, when enacted, create a new Health and Safety at Work Act. In conjunction with the new Act, the Government is also producing new regulations to work with the Act. Exposure drafts of the first regulations have More »
Tighter air pollution restrictions affecting a wide range of Cantabrians have been put out by ECan, which has a 1 May deadline for submissions opposing or wanting changes the new rules. The new rules apply to all air pollutants, including dust, smoke and odour and will affect everyone from farmers More »
Employers often wonder how long they need to retain health and safety related documents, such as: employee training records; employee course certificates or licenses; employee wage and time records; and health and safety meeting minutes. While there are no hard and fast rules about timeframes, it More »
The new section 24(a) of the Sentencing Act 2002 (effective as of 6 December 2014) means the court must adjourn proceedings to enable enquiries to be made as to whether a restorative justice process is appropriate. It applies if an offender has pleaded guilty, if there are one or more victims of More »
For the first time, a health and safety prosecution in New Zealand has resulted in a sentence of home detention for the company director. Mr Britton, the company director for Britton House Movers Ltd, was the foreman on the job on the day of the incident. A house was being moved, and came into More »
[2015] NZCA 30 The recent Court of Appeal decision in Clayton v Clayton involved a number of relationship property issues upon the Claytons’ separation. Mr. Clayton controlled a property pool worth around $28m, the substance of which was held in various interrelated trusts and companies and More »
As you may be aware, on 17 March 2015, changes to the Fair Trading Act (introducing unfair contract term provisions) come into force. These changes mean that, from 17 March 2015, a person must not, in trade, include an unfair contract term in a standard form consumer contract or apply, enforce or More »
Farming has long been a challenging part of New Zealand’s health and safety in the workplace regime. At least 120 people have been killed working on New Zealand farms since 2008, equating to almost one every fortnight. There were four times as many fatalities on farms last year as there were More »
Many subcontractors and tradespeople will be very relieved with a Supreme Court ruling yesterday that will make it easier for them to keep their money in the insolvency of a head contractor. The construction industry was concerned about a Court of Appeal ruling from 2013, which allowed money to be More »
Creditors who received payments from companies prior to liquidation will be claiming victory today – but there may be less to go around for those who were left unpaid. The Supreme Court has released a judgment[ 1] which clarifies the grounds upon which liquidators can recover funds paid to More »

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