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Supreme Court to consider interpretation of “built” date under the WHRS Act 2006

Supreme Court to consider interpretation of “built” date under the WHRS Act 2006

In December 2011 we published a blog in relation to the High Court's ruling that an appeal from the Weathertight Homes Tribunal could not proceed to the Court of Appeal following its dismissal in the High Court.  Mr and Mrs Osborne's pursuit for justice in their claim will now take them to the Supreme Court as they have recently been granted leave to appeal to that court.

By Andrew Steele - 8 May 2013

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Further warning to passive trustees

Further warning to passive trustees

Recently the High Court again highlighted the importance of trustees taking an active role in the administration of his or her trusts. The recent High Court decision in Selkirk v McIntyre further highlighted the folly of being a "passive trustee". In that case GST was not paid by the trust and as a result the IRD obtained a $200,000 payment from the passive trustee.

By Tony Johnson - 29 Apr 2013

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Pike River: Further Consequences

Pike River:  Further Consequences

We have previously discussed the increasing emphasis on health and safety in the workplace.  This emphasis is confirmed by the establishment of a new workplace health and safety agency which was recently announced.  This was one of the key recommendations that arose out of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy.

By Andrew Steele - 28 Feb 2013

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Lessons from Pike River

Lessons from Pike River

If you are an employer, taking a relaxed approach to safety in the workplace could expose your business to serious consequences.  In extreme cases such as Pike River, those consequences were the tragedy of employees' deaths and the collapse of the whole business. 

By Andrew Steele - 20 Feb 2013

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Money doesn't talk, it swears*

Money doesn't talk, it swears*

Employees agree to work for some kind of payment - be it wages, salary, or commission. This year's Waitangi Day repeat of the on-going Novopay saga shows how serious, and potentially devastating, not getting paid can be.  So what should you do if your pay fails to arrive?

By Claire Mansell - 14 Feb 2013

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Mainzeal leaky building fallout

Mainzeal leaky building fallout

"Word on the street" is that Hobson Gardens' multi-million dollar "leaky home" claim against, amongst others, Mainzeal, the original builder of the complex, was settled on the basis that Mainzeal agreed to supply labour and materials for the repair of the building.  If this is true, then Mainzeal's promise will represent a multi-million dollar settlement.  Mainzeal's unexpected receivership must place its performance of any settlement promises in jeopardy.

By Andrew Steele - 8 Feb 2013

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The Beat Up on Workplace Bullying

The Beat Up on Workplace Bullying

There is increasing awareness of workplace bullying and the effect it has on employees.  Bullying can be a difficult issue for both employers and employees.  What one person may see as 'tough management' another may view as bullying. 
What is Workplace Bullying?

By Claire Mansell - 4 Feb 2013

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Martelli McKegg welcomes Lewis Grant to the team

Martelli McKegg welcomes Lewis Grant to the team

We're very pleased to announce that Lewis Grant has joined the Martelli McKegg partnership.  Lewis brings to the firm a wealth of experience in the trust and estate planning area.

By - 19 Nov 2012

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Dealing with conflicts between trustees

Dealing with conflicts between trustees

Trusts are often set up to protect family assets and are administered by the family members themselves. While such trusts may have lower administration costs than those involving professional trustees, they are at higher risk of being impaired by disputes between trustees.

By Tara Hurley - 15 Nov 2012

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Relief for owners of commercial leaky buildings

Relief for owners of commercial leaky buildings

The towering 22 storey Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna, Auckland is a renowned luxury hotel 500 metres from Takapuna Beach with panoramic views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.  It's perhaps the stand-out building on the North Shore, but it's carried a dark secret.  It's a "leaky building".

By Andrew Steele - 12 Oct 2012

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