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Businesses can still use the Consumer Guarantees Act

Businesses can still use the Consumer Guarantees Act

What the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (the CGA) does is insert some basic guarantees into every contract for the supply of consumer goods or services, and those guarantees override anything that the written contract might say to the contrary. This is important because large suppliers often impose standard form terms of trade on their customers that are heavily weighted in the suppliers' favour, and a small customer has no chance of negotiating anything more favourable.

By Geoff Hardy - 21 Mar 2019

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What can be done about mistakes made in contracts?

What can be done about mistakes made in contracts?

It is very common for clients to find out that their contract doesn't actually say what they intended, or that they have made a mistake in it. The law provides three ways to remedy such problems.

By Andrew Wong - 6 Mar 2019

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Your obligations under the Privacy Act

Your obligations under the Privacy Act

The Privacy Act ( PA) governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. This might be retailers collecting email addresses for newsletters, sign ups for loyalty cards or landlords collecting information from prospective tenants. The list goes on. Everyone, including those in business, is captured by the PA and what this means is that they are all subject to the rules under the PA on how to store, use and give access to this information.

By Andrew Wong - 22 Nov 2018

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Ebert Construction and retention monies held 'in trust'

Ebert Construction and retention monies held 'in trust'

On 1 August 2018, Ebert Construction Limited went into receivership. Ebert's receivership will be interesting to monitor, primarily due to it being the first major construction company to enter receivership with the requirement to hold retentions "in trust" under new amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

By Pierce Bedogni - 3 Aug 2018

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From 1 July we may need further information from our clients

From 1 July we may need further information from our clients

From 1 July this year, we may be required to undertake due diligence in order to comply with our obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT). The information required (if any) will differ depending on the nature of your work and your type of entity. We will need this information prior to carrying out your instructions.

By Kay Keam - 21 Jun 2018

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Government's proposed ban on foreign buyers of residential dwellings

Government's proposed ban on foreign buyers of residential dwellings

The government is to introduce a ban on foreign buyers from buying existing dwellings. What could this mean for developers?

By Steven Lee - 14 Dec 2017

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Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017

Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017

With the new Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 coming into force on 1 September now is the perfect time to review your business contracts.

By Tom Swindells - 18 Sep 2017

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Construction Contracts Act may hold solutions for builders' slow paying clients

Construction Contracts Act may hold solutions for builders' slow paying clients

Could payment claims help you in your projects? If you're a builder seeking payment from a tardy client, the Construction Contracts Act 2002 has provisions that could help. We set out the steps below:

By Geoff Hardy - 3 May 2017

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Wheelie low prices deemed misleading

Wheelie low prices deemed misleading

If your business uses discounting strategies, take heed. NZ bicycle retailer Bike Barn has been fined $800,000 after pleading guilty to charges of misleading conduct.

By Matt O'Neale - 13 Feb 2017

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Harmful digital communications - are you prepared?

Harmful digital communications - are you prepared?

Do you run a website or app on which people can send messages or post information? Could the messages / information cause harm to another? The new civil complaints regime under the Harmful Digital Communications Act comes into force on 21 November 2016 and you need to be prepared.

By Michael Finucane - 11 Nov 2016

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