September 2021 Significant changes to rural potable water supplies on the way. Introduction The Water Services Bill currently progressing through the parliamentary process creates significant change to rural drinking water compliance. While the proposed bill relates to the supply of all drinking water (urban and rural), when passed the Act will replace Part 2A of… Read More.

September 2021 Are you a trustee of a trust? Did you know additional information may need to be provided to the IRD with your next tax return? Trustees should be aware of a new requirement to provide additional information with their tax returns for the 2021/22 tax year and beyond. This new requirement will give… Read More.

September 2021 The Government has enacted long anticipated amendments to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (Act) which regulates overseas investment in New Zealand. Some of the changes took effect on 5 July 2021, with the emergency call-in notification regime coming to an end before then. In summary, the new legislation: repeals the existing emergency call-in… Read More.

September 2021 The old saying ‘You get what you pay for’ generally rings true. It’s quite easy to find yourself a ‘free will’ online now. Unfortunately, in endeavouring to generate business, a ‘free will’ devalues one of the most important documents a person will ever make – a will. Worse, the product may not be… Read More.

September 2021 In the June edition of eConnect, we touched on the number of changes being made to leave entitlements this year. Here, we look further at sick leave. Perhaps the most confusing change for employees and employers to understand are the new sick leave entitlements. That is because the way that entitlements apply may… Read More.

June 2021 Later life relationships can be fulfilling and rewarding but may involve challenges from children and grandchildren specifically arising from expectations around inheritance. Children and finances appear to be the top two challenges that may keep a couple from a long-term relationship. Protecting your assets in a later life relationship Asset and estate planning… Read More.

June 2021 It is no secret that New Zealand is in the midst of a housing crisis. The housing crisis has been well documented in the media and has been a key political issue as successive Governments have searched for ways to create affordable rental housing and make homeownership an achievable proposition for New Zealanders.… Read More.

June 2021 With the Government now confirming the repeal and replacement of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), this article explores what we can expect from the Climate Change Adaptation Act (CCAA). On 10 February 2021 the incumbent Government confirmed what many ‘in the know’ had been anticipating for some time – the Resource Management… Read More.