March 2023 It’s all yours until it’s not! How does the Insurance ad go … one day you want it all, the next you have it all? It’s not such a bad truism for asset planning, except we’d want to add ‘… and then you don’t!’ Asset planning is a lifetime’s work for most of… Read More.

March 2023 There are numerous legislative changes on the horizon and employers are in for a busy year adjusting to new employment law developments. Minimum Wage Increase The minimum wage increase to $22.70 per hour will come into effect from 1 April 2023. The increase is in line with recent increases in inflation and the… Read More.

March 2023 Discrimination is a reality for disabled people. The Human Rights Act 1993 and the Employment Relations Act 2000 are two key statutes which cover discrimination in employment. The Human Rights Act does not define discrimination, but rather it lists prohibited grounds of discrimination, for example disability, which means physical disability or impairments, physical… Read More.

March 2023 The planet hitting a recent population milestone of over 8 billion people is certainly good timing for New Zealand's updated resource management framework, with the introduction of the Spatial Planning Bill and the Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE).[1] These Bills are currently open for submissions. Main changes The new Acts will create… Read More.

November 2022 This article outlines and considers the implications of proposed and potentially transformative legislation around ‘no-fault termination’ that, if implemented, will have an impact on every business and worker in New Zealand. The Future of Work Tripartite Forum (the Forum) is a partnership between the Government, Business New Zealand, and the New Zealand Council… Read More.

November 2022 Many of you will probably be overwhelmed with the recent string of developments in immigration policy. In this article, we have summarised the most important developments. Skilled Migrant Category reopening Immigration Minister Michael Wood has recently announced that the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa – halted during Covid-19 border closures – will… Read More.

November 2022 A recent Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) White Paper proposed a complete policy review of the retirement villages framework which has not taken place since the Retirement Villages Act 2003 legislation was enacted nearly 20 years ago. The 2020 White Paper highlighted flaws in the complaints system and confusing documentation and sought feedback.… Read More.

November 2022 A new Bill has been drawn from the ballot in Parliament that, if enacted, will bring some positive news to wineries with cellar doors. After a few years of limited visitors and staffing shortages we are pleased to report on some good news for the industry. This article discusses the proposed legislation and… Read More.