November 2021 How does our society value specific types of work? There is no single answer to that question, but with threats of strike action on the horizon issues such as pay equity are at the forefront of industrial action for a number of sectors of the workforce. The Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 came… Read More.

November 2021 For New Zealand employers, 2021 has been a year like no other. New Zealand enjoyed almost a year of freedom after the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, before the emergence of the Delta variant and widespread community transmission which has resulted in some new and significant issues for New Zealand employers and employees to… 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.

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 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 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.

June 2021 The Government has recently introduced the Incorporated Societies Bill into Parliament. The Bill has been long-awaited, having been out for public consultation since 2015. It updates the Incorporated Societies Act which was first enacted in 1908. We know that New Zealand’s 23,000+ incorporated societies will be viewing the Bill’s progress with much interest,… Read More.