Incorporated Societies Reform
Incorporated Societies Reform
15 February 2016 | By  Luke Balmforth
There are over 23,500 incorporated societies in New Zealand dedicated to various community pursuits. This diverse range of community organisations is currently governed by the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.
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Update on financial markets overhaul
Update on financial markets overhaul
02 February 2016 | By  Liz Buxton
The Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 is in the process of completely overhauling New Zealand’s financial markets laws. We are currently approaching the end of the transition period, in which our existing capital markets and financial services legislation, most notably the Securities Act 1978, is being phased out and replaced by the new Act.
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Reminder for retailers:  Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
Reminder for retailers: Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
19 January 2016 | By  Olivia Porter
Ten Australian Harvey Norman franchisees have been fined a total of $286,000 for making false or misleading representations regarding consumer guarantee rights.
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Lowdown Summer 2015
Lowdown Summer 2015
22 December 2015 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2015 Summer edition of Lowdown
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Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
21 December 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 was passed into law with the changes suggested by the Select Committee incorporated ...
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Case Law Update: The Law of Penalties
Case Law Update: The Law of Penalties
16 December 2015 | By  Cecil Hanafin
Clauses in contracts which try to add a specific penalty amount or calculation have always been problematic.
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Overseas Purchasers - How buying a business might assist with your immigration to New Zealand
Overseas Purchasers - How buying a business might assist with your immigration to New Zealand
07 December 2015 | By  Ben Morrison  | Olivia Porter
If you are based overseas and wish to migrate to New Zealand, buying a business in New Zealand may assist with that aspiration.
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IRD Warning on Employee Share Purchase Arrangements
IRD Warning on Employee Share Purchase Arrangements
24 November 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The IRD has issued a warning about employee share purchase arrangements that you'd do well to check if you are considering one or have one in place ...
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Updated: Was a Silver Fern Flag Rejected for IP Reasons?
Updated: Was a Silver Fern Flag Rejected for IP Reasons?
16 November 2015 | By  Rick Shera
As noted previously, intellectual property issues seem to have dogged the #nzflag selection process. However, one potentially popular option is repeatedly referenced as having been discounted because of an IP issue and that of course is the silver/white fern on plain black, another of Kyle Lockwood's submissions ...
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Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
28 October 2015 | By  Rick Shera
We've heard this week that Westpac Bank voluntarily provided the New Zealand Police with author Nicky Hager's bank account information, without requiring a production order or warrant from the Court. The information was apparently requested on the basis that it might reveal information about the person known as Rawshark ...
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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiation Concluded
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiation Concluded
12 October 2015 | By  Rick Shera
After more than half a decade, the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement between Australia, Brunei, ​Canada, Chile​, ​Japan​, Malaysia​, Mexico​, New Zealand, Peru​, Singapore, United States​ of America and Vietnam, concluded in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 5 October 2015 ...
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Lowdown Spring 2015
Lowdown Spring 2015
12 October 2015 | By  Lowndes Jordan