Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ('SMEs') selling goods and services often compete in a market where offering credit to their customers is a given. Amongst the predictions of a severe recession, it is timely for SMEs to review their credit policies (insisting on cash upfront or on delivery, where possible) and to ensure that their contracts with… Read More.

The Ministry for the Environment along with Stats NZ has released Our Freshwater 2020, summarising updates and reporting on progress on four priority freshwater issues. Our Freshwater 2020 is the latest report on the state of the environment required under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015 (ERA) and builds on Our Freshwater 2017. The purpose of… 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.

The Government has recently passed temporary legislation to help companies facing cashflow difficulties due to COVID-19. Businesses can now place certain debts into ‘hibernation’ while continuing to trade. This supplements more traditional options available to businesses facing solvency issues. Business Debt Hibernation The temporary Business Debt Hibernation (BDH) regime creates another option to help businesses… Read More.

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.