New Zealand’s highly anticipated Privacy Act will commence on 1 December 2020, replacing the Privacy Act 1993. The new Act aims to modernise New Zealand’s privacy law framework, in accordance with international laws such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While much of the content of the current Act will remain, there are… Read More.

My mother keeps telling me to get an Enduring Power of Attorney but I already have a will and I am young. What is an Enduring Power of Attorney and why do I need one? It’s fantastic that you have a will but a will is very different from an Enduring Power of Attorney. A… Read More.

Many New Zealanders are involved with trusts in some way, whether as trustees or beneficiaries of family trusts or as volunteers with charitable trusts. However, despite the popularity of trusts, the law relating to trusts is often archaic and difficult to follow. Over the past decade, the Law Commission has led a review of the… Read More.

Trespass notices are sometimes used by schools to deal with difficult or disruptive parents or persistent complainants. However, trespass notices against parents should only be used as a last resort when it is really necessary and ordinary warning letters have failed. Although the school has an obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of students… Read More.

Thought that the NZ Super is a given on reaching 65? Well not quite. Many New Zealanders would be surprised to learn that there are other criteria to meet before eligibility can be confirmed. So what are the criteria? To obtain the NZ super you not only must be 65 or older, but also ordinarily… Read More.

Imagine the writer’s horror to discover when doing a Google search on an unrelated topic, to have pop up on the screen, a list of merchants she used her credit card at, their locations and when she purchased, going back months. And for good measure, accompanied by a map of New Zealand showing where those… Read More.

The end of the year is near, Christmas is on the horizon, and work is ramping up to the final push before the holidays begin, which is often a peak travel time. Given New Zealand’s geographical location, for many kiwis that travel, flying is an inevitable part of travel. Travelling and ‘the great kiwi OE’… Read More.

New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (we will call it the AML/CFT law). The purpose of the law reflects New Zealand's commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community. Recent changes… Read More.