[Winter 2015] New director residency requirements have been introduced for all New Zealand companies. These changes came into effect on 1 May 2015, with all existing companies having an additional 180 days to comply with the new requirements (so by 28 October 2015). Specifically, the New Zealand Companies Act 1993 requires companies incorporated in New… Read More.

[Winter 2015] The recent decision in Webber v Midlands Health Network Ltd [2015] NZERA Auckland 7; [2015] NZERA Auckland 47; [2015] NZERA Auckland 87 provides a useful discussion about the interrelationship between bullying complaints made to WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe) under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the employer under the Employment… Read More.

[Winter 2015] There is often a negative connotation surrounding the idea of signing what is commonly known as a ‘pre-nup’. However this need not be the case. Prior to the commencement of a new relationship, parties may have obtained significant assets or monetary funds which they would like to be recognised as their own. This… Read More.

[Winter 2015] There once lived a Frenchwoman named Jeanne Louise Calment. She was a widow – her husband having died during the war (not in battle, mind you, but after eating some bad cherries). Her daughter died from pneumonia and her only grandson was killed in a motor accident. So in 1965, at the age… Read More.

[Winter 2015] Prior to October 2011, if you gifted more than $27,000 to any person or trust in a 12 month period, you would have to pay gift duty. So, if you wanted to transfer an asset to your trust, you sold it to the trust and the trust owed you the purchase price. Every… Read More.