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Key consumer law changes will affect your business

Winter 2014

The Consumer Law Reform Bill passed into law on 17 December 2013 bringing about some of the most significant changes to consumer law in decades and more closely aligning our law to Australian consumer law.

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Cross Lease Titles - Proceed with Caution

Winter 2014

How do 'cross lease' titles differ from 'fee simple' titles? And why does it matter? Seemingly, most property purchasers are either are not aware of the difference between these types of title, or simply do not care. Such ignorance or disregard can sometimes cost them dearly. This article aims to educate the reader of the unique considerations required when purchasing properties comprised in cross lease titles, and the potential dangers of ignoring those considerations.

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The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill - What it means to you

Winter 2014

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill ('the Bill') puts into practice the Government's policy on the management of earthquake-prone buildings in New Zealand. In particular, the Bill establishes set periods within which earthquake-prone buildings must be assessed and then, if necessary, either strengthened or demolished.

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Debtor Examinations and Attachment Orders

Winter 2014

On 14 April 2014 the procedure for obtaining attachment orders against judgment debtors was radically reformed. Until recently, the main method of enforcing a debt against a debtor who does not own property was to apply to the court for a debtor examination hearing and an attachment order. At the hearing the court registrar would ask the debtor about their finances and, depending on their income, would usually make an order for a weekly or fortnightly sum of money to be paid, usually by automatic payment, to the creditor.

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Implications of the NZ King Salmon Decision

Winter 2014

Immediately prior to Easter, the Supreme Court issued its decisions on appeals against four new salmon farms granted to the New Zealand King Salmon Company. One of those decisions, Environmental Defence Society of New Zealand v The New Zealand King Salmon Co. Limited & Others [2014] NZSC 38, is likely to have significant implications for all those involved in Resource Management Act processes.

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Marshalling and equitable mortgages

Winter 2014

A recent High Court decision has highlighted the benefits of including an equitable mortgage in a supplier's terms of trade.

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