If you’re going to buy a property it is crucial that you know what interests affect the title and the rights of the owner. Various interests registered against a title may set out rules and restrictions about how the property can be used or enjoyed. One type of interest that commonly appears on New Zealand… Read More.

Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealanders were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, the Petone carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day without loss of pay, instead of the standard 10-hour day. This was limited to tradesmen and labourers and lacked legislative… Read More.

There are many situations in which an employee may come to owe their employer money. A common example is where an employer overpays their employee's wages. Some other examples include where an employer covers an employee’s expense or where an employee is liable for damage to an employer’s property. In most commercial situations, when two… 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 much heralded Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has been in force for several years now. When it was enacted it was claimed that it would bring in a new era enhancing the safety of New Zealand’s workers. It was often difficult to see how the new legislation differed significantly from the old… Read More.

The bright-line test is what IRD uses to determine whether income derived from the sale of residential land will incur taxation. This test recently changed to become more expansive. This means the bright-line test will be applicable to many more people, therefore understanding how the bright-line test works is incredibly important for home owners considering… Read More.

Whether you’re a landlord looking to get out of a lease or a tenant looking to stay in your premises, knowing the ins and outs of commercial lease forfeiture can help clarify your rights. A commercial landlord has the right to forfeit a lease where a tenant is in breach of a covenant, including where… Read More.

Around the country, home owners and renters alike have been renting out their spare bedrooms and baches to visitors via websites like Airbnb. The explosion in listings on these sites has led to complaints from neighbours about noisy guests (in turn leading to compliance action being taken by district and city councils), and complaints that… Read More.