NZ Legal Blog

China Construction Bank - Good News for Chinese Investor Category Applicants

The investment portfolios operated by the CCB have been reviewed by Immigration New Zealand and they have indicated they comply with residence requirements.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Demand For Residence By Investor Category Drives Up Investment Requirement

Demand for New Zealand residence in this category has been escalating and the category has become oversubscribed.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Immigration Investor Categories and Acceptable Investments

If you’re thinking of becoming an Investor category residence visa applicant you need to choose your investment partner wisely.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Immigration roulette - Job Search Work Visas

Nothing is more frustrating for permanent residence applicants who score 140 points without a job offer, being offered a job search work Visa by Immigration New Zealand rather than the residency visa they asked for.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Modern Relationships Incompatible with Immigration Visa Criterion

More couples are forming relationships online when they live in different countries. Consequently an Immigration visa criterion that requires a couple to be living together at the time a visa application is made is becoming increasingly outdated.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Problems Identifying Jobs as Skilled Employment

Significant problems are beginning to appear with the method of assessing whether a job is “skilled employment” under this particular immigration category.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Building your new home – why include a sunset clause?

Building your new home – why include a sunset clause?

When building a new home, there are several important steps in the process that have potential to delay final completion date.

Published: Mon, Sep 21st, 2015 by Mike Newdick

Changes to the Companies Act 1993

Changes to the Companies Act 1993

Company directors should be aware of the changes to the Companies Act 1993 (the Act) that became law on 24 June 2014. Some changes took immediate effect while others will be implemented later this year. This article focuses on two key changes: new criminal offences and registration of companies.

Published: Mon, Sep 21st, 2015 by John Stirling

Wills Are An Important Document In Your Estate Planning

Wills Are An Important Document In Your Estate Planning

A carefully prepared Will prevents a lot of family arguments and can eliminate claims against your estate.

Published: Tue, Jun 30th, 2015

Family Trust Update - Clayton v Clayton

Family Trust Update - Clayton v Clayton

In the recent Court of Appeal decision of Clayton v Clayton a number of trust issues were canvassed. The Case was a relationship property claim.

Published: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015 by John Stirling

Speak No Evil – Nondisparagement Provisions In Employment Settlement Agreements

Speak No Evil – Nondisparagement Provisions In Employment Settlement Agreements

Turner Hopkins is proud to be involved in a reported decision of the Employment Relations Authority.

Published: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015

Anti-Spam Update - Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007

Anti-Spam Update - Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007

Having been in effect for several years, there have now been a number of successful prosecutions under the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 (the “Act”) resulting in fines of up to $500,000 to a company and $200,000 to an individual.

Published: Mon, May 4th, 2015 by Arran Hunt

Staff Profile - Raechel Pedrotti

Staff Profile - Raechel Pedrotti

Raechel joined Turner Hopkins in 1999 and is a valued member of the Estate Planning and Conveyancing Team and is a registered Legal Executive, Fellow of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives Inc.

Published: Mon, May 4th, 2015 by Raechel Pedrotti

The Immigration Amendment Bill number 2 will become law.

The Immigration Amendment Bill number 2 will become law.

The Immigration Amendment Bill number 2 has been passed and will become law.

Published: Mon, May 4th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Advice for Employers - How to Handle Disciplinary Matters

Advice for Employers - How to Handle Disciplinary Matters

From time to time, issues arise with employees in workplaces that cause employers concern. These issues are many and varied but can include concerns about possible employee misconduct.

Published: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015 by Michael Robinson

CCCFA - Key Amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003

CCCFA - Key Amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003

From 6 June 2015 all lenders (including banks and third tier lenders) now have increased responsibilities when lending money for consumer purposes and repossessing goods over which they have security.

Published: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015 by Daniel Maguire

Staff Profile - Helen Wendelborn

Staff Profile - Helen Wendelborn

Helen Wendelborn joined Turner Hopkins in 1997. She is a Registered Legal Executive and an Affiliate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.

Published: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015

Meet Arran Hunt, our newest team member.

Meet Arran Hunt, our newest team member.

Arran is a commercial lawyer who has been practicing since 2011.

Published: Tue, Mar 10th, 2015 by Arran Hunt

Renovating? Building a New Home?

Renovating? Building a New Home?

Recent changes to the Building Act 2004 affect you. Here is a summary of how these measures will affect you.

Published: Tue, Mar 10th, 2015

Changes to Drink Driving Limits as of 1st December 2014

Changes to Drink Driving Limits as of 1st December 2014

We always need to be careful with how much we drink if we are going to drive after. However, there are changes to the drink driving limits coming into effect on 1 December 2014.

Published: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014 by Maria Green

Fixture or chattel - why should I care?

Fixture or chattel - why should I care?

When buying or selling property, fixtures are generally included automatically, chattels are not. This can cause difficulty as it is not always clear whether something is a fixture or a chattel.

Published: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

Neighbour Law Part 2: Nuisance and Trespass, Issues with Animals, Noises & Smells

Neighbour Law Part 2: Nuisance and Trespass, Issues with Animals, Noises & Smells

In a perfect world, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it together. The law is careful to balance one person’s right to enjoy their land with a neighbour’s right to be protected from interference.

Published: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

Employment Investigations – Running a Sound Process

As an employer it is almost inevitable that you will encounter issues with employees that will require an employment investigation.

Published: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014 by Michael Robinson

Protecting Your Trading Name

Protecting Your Trading Name

The reputation of your business may be its most valuable asset. You have worked hard to develop your brand, so it makes sense that you also know how to protect it.

Published: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014 by Mike Newdick

Neighbour Law - Love Thy Neighbour, Part 1

Neighbour Law - Love Thy Neighbour, Part 1

Disputes with neighbours can arise over many things; noise, fences, trees and animals etc. Ideally, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it and acting reasonably.

Published: Tue, Sep 30th, 2014

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