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Super City Plan adopted

19 Aug 2016

The Council’s decision on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan is due to be released this afternoon (19 August). You will…

‘Super City’ Plan recommendations may make a political perfect storm

27 Jul 2016

Today the Independent Hearings Panel will publicly release its recommendations to the Auckland Council for the first Auckland Unitary Plan….

Be aware of new residential land withholding tax implications

25 Jul 2016

Residential land withholding tax (RLWT) came into effect on 1 July 2016.  The RLWT regime is part of a suite…

Anderson Lloyd Promotes Four to Senior Solicitor

03 Jun 2016

Effective1 June, Anderson Lloyd is happy to announce the promotion of Kelsi Anderson (Commercial, Dunedin), Sophan Pearson (Commercial, Dunedin), and…

Anderson Lloyd Partners Named on 2016 ‘Hot List’

03 Jun 2016

Anderson Lloyd has two of the hottest private practice lawyers in the New Zealand market, according to a recent report….

Councils under (housing) arrest

02 Jun 2016

Government today released its proposed National Policy Statement Urban Development Capacity (“NPS-UDC”). This release follows on from high level consultation…

Resource Management Act reforms delayed

02 Jun 2016

The progress of the Government’s reform of the Resource Management Act 1991 has slowed. The Local Government and Environment Select…

Water Rights and the Supreme Court’s Decision

25 May 2016

The Supreme Court’s decision in Hampton v Canterbury District Council [2016] NZSC 50 is the latest in a lengthy series of…

Earthquake-prone Buildings New Law Passed

20 May 2016

The Building Act has included provisions to manage earthquake-prone buildings for some time. After the Canterbury earthquakes the Government instigated…

QLDC Funding and Rating Changes 2016

26 Apr 2016

Queenstown Lakes District Council (“QLDC“) has announced its latest changes to its Funding and Rating policies which form part of…

Lawyer plays role in supporting the youth of Otago

21 Apr 2016

Young people often struggle with the pressures of growing up in a rapidly evolving world. Otago’s Youth Wellness Trust  (OYWT)…

Government Continuing Its Reform of Local Government Sector

08 Apr 2016

The Government has announced that it intends in June this year to propose a Bill to amend the Local Government…

Anderson Lloyd promotes two in Christchurch

01 Apr 2016

Effective 1 April, Anderson Lloyd has appointed Andrew Orme to Senior Associate and Steph Gifford to the position of Associate….

Capital Raising for Irrigation – Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013

18 Mar 2016

Most directors will be familiar with the requirement to issue a prospectus under the old Securities Act 1978 (“Old Act”)…

Proposed Changes to Freshwater Management

25 Feb 2016

The Ministers for the Environment and Primary Industries have announced a range of proposed changes to a number of instruments…

Are Canterbury earthquake claimants running out of time?

02 Feb 2016

The sixth anniversary of the Canterbury September earthquake is fast approaching. With it, comes another worry to add to the…

An Entirely New Approach to Urban Planning in the Wind?

09 Dec 2015

The Productivity Commission has released an Issues Paper – Better Urban Planning – calling for input on the future of…

Anderson Lloyd Partner Recognised in Women of Influence Awards

27 Nov 2015

Anderson Lloyd’s Jen Crawford takes on her share of the law firm’s pro bono work, and has been recognised as…

Government’s Long-awaited RMA Reforms Gain Support for First Reading

26 Nov 2015

Today, after much anticipation, Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, introduced the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (the…

Anderson Lloyd Wins National Law Award for Second Year in a Row

20 Nov 2015

Media Release – 20 November 2015 Anderson Lloyd has won mid-size law firm for the second year in a row…

Anderson Lloyd in latest Asia Pacific Legal 500 rankings

12 Nov 2015

Anderson Lloyd has been recommended in seven practice areas in the 2015 Asia Pacific Legal 500 guide. The firm was…

Lawyer plays big role in conserving natural stronghold

05 Nov 2015

Preserving and enhancing indigenous biodiversity is the prime goal of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, which has placed protection covenants…

SCAPE Public Art – lifting the spirit of the city

29 Oct 2015

Millions of people will see the art work placed around Christchurch by the SCAPE Public Art Trust, but only a…

Rural land in Queenstown Lakes District – What does the District Plan Review mean for you?

15 Oct 2015

The District Plan Review (DPR) has been notified. Submissions from the public close on 23 October 2015. Many of the…

Low Density Residential Zones – What does the Queenstown District Plan Review mean for you?

14 Oct 2015

The District Plan Review has been notified. Submissions from the public close on 23 October 2015. Areas such as Kelvin…

Arrowtown Residents – What does the Queenstown District Plan Review mean for you?

13 Oct 2015

The District Plan Review has been notified.  Submissions from the public close on 23 October 2015. Arrowtown is proposed to…

New Zealand’s First Environmental Reporting Act

06 Oct 2015

Parliament passed the Environmental reporting Act 2015 into law on Thursday 24 September. This legislation will make environmental reporting mandatory…

Changes to Pool Safety Rules

05 Oct 2015

The Building (Pools) Amendment Bill was introduced for its first reading on 16 September, amending the Building Act 2004 and…

New President for the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc.

02 Oct 2015

Maree Baker-Galloway, Partner at Anderson Lloyd, specialising in environmental law and based in Queenstown, was elected President of the Resource…

Queenstown District Plan Review

11 Sep 2015

Kelvin Heights – What does the Queenstown District Plan Review mean for you? The District Plan Review has been notified….

Health and Safety Reform Bill and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

09 Sep 2015

On 4 April 2016, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 will come into force. It provides a significant…

Southland Water and Land Plan – Consultation

07 Aug 2015

Environment Southland (“Council”) has released a non-statutory consultation document “Towards a New Plan” in preparation for the Proposed Water and…

New Proposed Standards for Forestry

04 Aug 2015

Government has been working on the idea of a forestry national environmental standard (NES) for some time and has been…

Supreme Court dismisses Southern Response Appeal

31 Jul 2015

The Supreme Court has released its decision in Southern Response v Avonside Holdings Limited and dismissed the appeal by Southern…

Councils Told to Work Together and Reduce Spending

28 Jul 2015

Mayors, councillors and senior council staff recently met in Rotorua where they were addressed by Hon Paula Bennett, the Minister…

Christchurch Replacement District Plan – Stage 3 Notified

27 Jul 2015

Stage 3 of the Christchurch Replacement District Plan has been notified, with submissions closing 4 September. This covers the Central…

Fictitious Profits – Recovering Money from Ponzi Scheme Investors

17 Jul 2015

On 22 June 2015, the High Court released a decision in respect of an investor in the Ross Asset Management…

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

10 Jul 2015

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced on Thursday 9 July that the Government is proposing to amend the…

EQC Gets Its Own Shake-Up

09 Jul 2015

Despite initial comments from Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee that any changes to New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission (“EQC”) scheme would…

Environment Canterbury transition plan announced

08 Jul 2015

The Government has today announced that Environment Canterbury (ECan) will move to a mixed governance council of seven elected councillors…

Regenerate Christchurch

02 Jul 2015

The Government has announced new legislation as part of the transitional phase for CERA.  The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill will…

Irrigation Schemes – Co-operative vs Private Equity Models

18 Jun 2015

With the possibility of one or two exceptions, all irrigation companies are run on co-operative principles whereby farmers pool resources…

New Tax Rules for Buying and Selling Residential Property

18 May 2015

Yesterday Prime Minister John Key confirmed that this week’s Budget will include a number of new tax rules for people…

Christchurch Replacement District Plan – Phase 2 open for submissions

04 May 2015

Phase 2 of the Replacement District Plan has been notified, with submissions due 15 June.  Phase 2 covers certain residential…

Unfair Contract Terms Update – Time to Review Your Contracts

15 Apr 2015

The final consumer law reform 2013 changes have just been implemented. On March 17 the unfair contract term regime comes…

ANZAC Day has been “Mondayised”

15 Apr 2015

While we will still be remembering and celebrating the ANZACs on Saturday 25 April this year, for most employees the…

New Government Policies in Force from Today

01 Apr 2015

A number of new Government social policies come into force today. Paid Parental Leave Labour MP Sue Moroney’s proposed bill…

Anderson Lloyd promotes four to Senior Associate

01 Apr 2015

Effective 1 April, Anderson Lloyd has appointed four new Senior Associates, joining Robert Huse (Commercial, Queenstown) and Taryn Gudmanz (Litigation,…

From Red Tape to Green Gold – the RMA Reform Debate Continues

27 Mar 2015

On 23 March, 2015, the New Zealand Initiative, an independent business think-tank, published a report titled ‘From Red tape to…

Protection of Retentions – Amendments to the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill

19 Mar 2015

Proposed amendments to the Construction Contracts Act Amendment Bill have been announced by the Minister for Building and Housing on…

Anderson Lloyd House featured in Commercial Design Trends magazine

16 Mar 2015

Change is inevitable when a city CBD is rebuilt virtually from scratch. But it’s the innovative architectural solutions that are…

Waimea Community Dam approved

02 Mar 2015

Independent Commissioners have granted consents to the Waimea Community Dam in Tasman District. The project involves the construction of a…

First decision on Christchurch’s Replacement Plan released

26 Feb 2015

The Strategic Directions and Strategic Outcomes decision made by the Christchurch Replacement District Plan (Replacement Plan) Hearing Panel was notified…

Supreme Court Clarifies Position for Creditors and Liquidators

20 Feb 2015

In overturning the Court of Appeal in the Fences and Kerbs case[1] the Supreme Court has issued an important decision…

Flood Prone Properties – Who is liable? High Court Releases Decision on EQC Policy

12 Feb 2015

As a result of the Canterbury Earthquakes, many areas of the province suffered damage resulting in “Increased Flooding Vulnerability,” (“IFV”)…

Reform of resource consent application processes

04 Feb 2015

As of 3 March 2015, Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 reforms take effect to honour government promises to speed up…

Another victory for homeowners – the Supreme Court clarifies how cash payments are to be calculated

03 Feb 2015

The Supreme Court decision, Tower Insurance Limited v Skyward Aviation 2008 Limited [2014] NZSC 185, released late last year, provides…

Overhauling the RMA

22 Jan 2015

On 21 January 2015 Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith outlined the Government’s plans to ‘substantially overhaul’ the Resource Management Act…

High Court Allows Appeals on the Tukituki Decision

18 Dec 2014

The High Court has decided that the Board of Inquiry made material errors in its decision on Plan Changes to…

Lapsed consents and tax implications

03 Dec 2014

The global financial crisis slowed the implementation of many consented developments around the Queenstown Lakes district. Over that period of…

Changes to drink-driving limits from 1 December 2014

28 Nov 2014

With Christmas just around the corner, drivers need to be aware of the changes to drink-driving limits that will apply…

National Law Award Acknowledges Anderson Lloyd’s Leading Expertise

18 Nov 2014

Anderson Lloyd was named “Mid-Size Law Firm of the Year” at the 10th annual New Zealand Law Awards, cementing the…

Court of Appeal confirms requirements for redundancy

17 Nov 2014

The Court of Appeal recently issued the judgement Grace Team Accounting Limited v Judith Brake [2014] NZCA 541 confirming previous…

The Central Otago District Council’s District Plan Review Discussion Document

24 Oct 2014

The Central Otago District Council’s District Plan has been operative since 2008 and is currently under full review. The Council…

Court of Appeal clarifies Notional Rebuild Costs

17 Oct 2014

Many insurance policies allow either the insurer or the insured whether to elect to rebuild damaged premises on the same…

The New .NZ Domain Names – Protecting Your Brand

16 Oct 2014

As of 30 September 2014 you can now register shorter, simpler web addresses ending with just .nz instead of .co.nz,…

Update on Christchurch Replacement District Plan

10 Oct 2014

Priority matters announced CERA has announced the terms of reference for the hearing of the Christchurch Replacement District Plan, which…

Christchurch City Report: Is insurance work tailing off?

08 Oct 2014

When asked about the past year, Christchurch’s lawyers all seem to use the same two words to describe the city’s…

RMA Reforms Prioritised

07 Oct 2014

The new government has indicated it intends to press ahead with the RMA reforms it signalled, but was unable to…

Annual holidays – when can you refuse a request?

16 Sep 2014

The Holidays Act 2003 provides that an employer must not unreasonably withhold consent to an employee’s request to take annual…

QBE Insurance, Wild South, Marriott, Crystal Imports case summary

12 Sep 2014

Court of Appeal releases judgment on reinstatement clauses The Court of Appeal recently delivered a judgment in the joint appeals…

Successful Defence to RMA Prosecution

04 Sep 2014

Rare successful defence to RMA prosecution – Eliot Sinclair and Partners Ltd A recent Environment Court decision1 sets the bar…

Court of Appeal clarifies misleading advertising

03 Sep 2014

Consumers are familiar with being made offers through advertisements; however the conditions attached to such offers have recently come under…

Replacement Plan for Christchurch City notified

27 Aug 2014

This is significant for anyone with an interest in rebuilding and development in Christchurch. The process will be streamlined with…

Who is an “Associate” of an Overseas Person?

26 Aug 2014

It is not only overseas persons but also their New Zealand associates who need to have consent to buy sensitive…

Sustainable Business Council: Pre-Election Briefing – Business Lifting the Ceiling, Government Raising the Floor

12 Aug 2014

The Sustainable Business Council (“SBC”) has just released its pre-election briefing which aims to share its members’ views on the…

Tips for Disciplinary Investigations

12 Aug 2014

Are you confident that your disciplinary investigations would stand up to the scrutiny of the Employment Relations Authority?  Here are…

Anderson Lloyd Recognised at Australasian Women in Business Law Awards

11 Aug 2014

Anderson Lloyd continues to position itself as an industry leader, taking out three awards at last night’s (August 7, 2014)…

Further Round of Local Government Act Amendments Passed; New Council Processes Required

31 Jul 2014

The past few years have seen a series of amendments to the Local Government Act 2002. Some changes have been…

Partners Leave Russell McVeagh to Establish Anderson Lloyd Auckland Office

25 Jul 2014

In one of the legal fraternity’s most significant moves in recent years, three Russell McVeagh partners have joined forces to…

Accelerated Process for Christchurch Replacement District Plan

11 Jul 2014

Decisions on matters of priority to be made on the Christchurch Replacement District Plans by 28 February 2015. Canterbury Earthquake…

How to Justifiably Exercise Discretion

11 Jul 2014

An employer must exercise discretion in a fair and reasonable manner taking relevant factors into account, ignoring irrelevant factors, and…

Financial Reporting Law Changes Impacts SMEs

04 Jul 2014

Introduction The Financial Reporting Act 2013 (“Act”) came into effect on 1 April 2014 and contains new financial reporting requirements…

NPS Freshwater Management Changes Announced

03 Jul 2014

On 3 July the Minister for the Environment Hon Amy Adams and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced the…

District Court Process Simplified

30 Jun 2014

In a welcome change, from 1 July 2014, new District Court Rules come into force. These will drastically change the…

Ruataniwha Scheme – Final Decision Issued

27 Jun 2014

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has released its final decision on the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.  This…

Otago Regional Council Water Quality Stakeholders Forum

25 Jun 2014

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is holding a Water Quality Stakeholders Forum on Friday 27 June from 9:45 am –…

Prime Minister Opens Anderson Lloyd House in Christchurch’s Central City

13 Jun 2014

Prime Minister John Key officially opened Anderson Lloyd House on Thursday 12 June – the first multi-storey office building to…

Weathertight Homes: Longer Eligibility Period But No Change To Limitation

13 Jun 2014

The Supreme Court has just released a judgment (Osborne v Auckland Council [2014] NZSC 67) which extends the time available…

How To Give A Warning

13 Jun 2014

It is not just dismissals that can give rise to a personal grievance, warnings also need to be justifiable to…

Anderson Lloyd Nominated for the 2014 Australasian Women in Business Law Awards

12 Jun 2014

We are proud to announce that Anderson Lloyd has been nominated in eight award categories for the third annual Australasian…

MBIE Releases 2014 Regional Economic Activity Report

11 Jun 2014

On 5 June the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released the Regional Economic Activity Report for 2014. The annual…

Who is an overseas person?

09 Jun 2014

An overseas person needs to have consent from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) before acquiring an interest in sensitive land…

Government Announces the Development of the Christchurch Innovation Precinct

04 Jun 2014

On 3 June, the Government announced the development of the Christchurch Innovation Precinct, which will bring together businesses and innovators…

ChristChurch Cathedral can be Deconstructed

03 Jun 2014

Panckhurst J in the High Court has lifted the stay on the deconstruction of the ChristChurch Cathedral. Unless there is…

Monorail declined but door open for alternative?

30 May 2014

When declining Riverstone Holdings’ proposed monorail from Kiwi Burn to Te Anau Downs Minister of Conservation Nick Smith stated that…

Complaint by Greenpeace and Forest & Bird Against Exclusive Economic Zone Regulations Dismissed

29 May 2014

The Regulations Review Committee has dismissed a complaint made by Greenpeace and Forest and Bird (the complainants) about the Exclusive…

Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms Under the Resource Management Act 1991

23 May 2014

Introduction Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are controlled under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO). However, a number…

Inadequate Dairy Effluent Management System May Result in De-stocking or Cancellation of Resource Consent

20 May 2014

Dairy farmers should note a recent enforcement decision of the Environment Court in response to inadequate effluent management . The…

New Zealand’s Economy – the Government’s View

14 May 2014

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released the final two reports in the New Zealand Sectors Report Series….

Involving the Police

14 May 2014

Sometimes an employee is suspected of misconduct at work which could also be a crime. When should an employer involve…

Have the Goal Posts Shifted? Implications of the Supreme Court King Salmon Decision

13 May 2014

Introduction The purpose of the RMA is to achieve “sustainable management”. In general terms the Courts have determined whether this…

Otago’s Future – Review of the Regional Policy Statement

09 May 2014

The Otago Regional Council (the ORC) is inviting the public to get involved in how Otago’s resources are managed in…

Feedback Sought on Investment Threshold for Streamlined Resource Consenting

08 May 2014

The Resource Management Act 1991 (the RMA) allows notified applications for resource consents and notices of requirement to be directly…

Demolition of Canterbury’s heritage buildings – what are the rules?

06 May 2014

As controversy continues to surround the demise of Christchurch’s heritage buildings following the 2011 earthquakes, Anderson Lloyd Partner Mark Christensen…

Financial Markets Conduct Act Update

17 Apr 2014

Further to our earlier article, parts of the new Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act) came into force on…

Ruataniwha Scheme passes first consenting hurdle

16 Apr 2014

On 15 April the Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry released a draft report approving the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage…

Christchurch the City of Opportunity

16 Apr 2014

At the Future Focus of Christchurch Luncheon held at the Christchurch’s Air Force Museum on 14 April 2014 the Duke…

Fitness for work

10 Apr 2014

An employer does not have to hold a job open forever for an employee who is not fit for work,…

Straterra launches Minerals Briefing Paper 2014

10 Apr 2014

At a function in Parliament’s Great Hall on 8 April, Straterra released its Minerals Briefing Paper 2014. Straterra is the…

Anderson Lloyd Partners named on New Zealand’s Hot List

04 Apr 2014

Anderson Lloyd boasts two of the hottest private practice lawyers in the New Zealand market, according to a new report…

International Court of Justice releases important decision on whaling

04 Apr 2014

On 31 March, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague issued its decision that Japan’s taking of whales…

Limited Liability is of Limited Protection

20 Mar 2014

A recent case illustrates two ways in which the owner and manager of a business can be personally liable to…

Limited Liability is of Limited Protection

13 Mar 2014

A recent case illustrates two ways in which the owner and manager of a business can be personally liable to…

Environmental Reporting Bill

13 Mar 2014

New Zealand will have legally mandated environmental reporting, if the Environmental Reporting Bill (introduced 20 February 2014; first reading 5…

Health and Safety Reform Bill Introduced

13 Mar 2014

The Government has recently introduced the Health and Safety Reform Bill as part of a suite of major health and…

The New Face of Securities Law

11 Mar 2014

The Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (“FMC”) was passed last year. It significantly changes the way securities (including shares, bonds…

Court Wary about Reference to Genetically Modified Organisms in Regional Policy Statement

24 Feb 2014

Genetically modified organisms are controlled under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO). However, a number of councils…

Environmental Reporting Bill

24 Feb 2014

New Zealand will have legally mandated environmental reporting, if the Environmental Reporting Bill (tabled on 20 February 2014) becomes law….

Employee Allegations During a Disciplinary or Redundancy Process

07 Feb 2014

Sometimes during a disciplinary investigation, or even during a consultation process for redundancy, an employee makes allegations, especially about his…

Giving Notice of Termination

11 Dec 2013

It is common for employment agreements to include a clause that states employer or employee can terminate employment by giving…

Land Use Recovery Plan Released

09 Dec 2013

The Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) has been approved by the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and takes effect on…

New Local Government Act Amendment Proposed (updated)

09 Dec 2013

On Monday the 4th November Hon Chris Tremain introduced the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) (“Amendment Bill”)….

ChristChurch Cathedral Demolition Allowed by Supreme Court

03 Dec 2013

The way has been cleared for the ChristChurch Cathedral to be demolished. The Court of Appeal in July issued a…

Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan – Commissioners’ Recommendations Available

03 Dec 2013

The Report and Recommendations of the Hearing Commissioners on the proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (CLWRP) are now…

The New NZS 3910:2013

28 Nov 2013

Introduction On the 1st of October 2013, NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of Contract for Building and Civil Engineering Construction was released…

Media Release – Prominent Christchurch partner David Goodman joins Anderson Lloyd’s commercial team

27 Nov 2013

Former Goodman Tavendale Reid partner David Goodman  has joined Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, as a partner in the Christchurch office. Widely recognised…

Land Use Recovery Plan Update

22 Nov 2013

The Christchurch City Council did not endorse the Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) on 21 November 2013. At the Mayor’s…

Governor-General Amends Kawarau River Water Conservation Order

21 Nov 2013

The Governor-General made the Order in Council amending the Kawarau River Water Conservation Order on 11 November 2013. The Order…

Innovative Sentencing Under the Resource Management Act

21 Nov 2013

In September 2013 we reported on Mr Conway, the first person to be sentenced to jail twice for offending under…

Failing to Declare Convictions

12 Nov 2013

Some weeks after your new employee starts work, you discover that he has convictions which he didn’t mention in his…

Adventure Activity Audit Countdown

12 Nov 2013

Adventure activity providers need to be vigilant and respond to the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure…

New Local Government Act Amendment Proposed

07 Nov 2013

On Monday the 4th November Hon Chris Tremain introduced the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) (“Amendment Bill”)….

Bottom Lines Recommended for Water Quality

07 Nov 2013

Today, 7 November, the Minister for the Environment Hon Amy Adams announced proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for…

Prominent Christchurch Partner David Goodman Joins Anderson Lloyd’s Commercial Team

04 Nov 2013

Former Goodman Tavendale Reid partner David Goodman has joined Anderson Lloyd Lawyers. Widely recognised as one of the South Island’s…

Minister for the Environment Recommends Prohibition on Damming of the Nevis River

01 Nov 2013

The Minister for the Environment Amy Adams has accepted the recommendations of the Majority of the Environment Court on an…

The Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Act 2013 Comes into Force

31 Oct 2013

In August we reported on progress of the Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill through parliament. The Bill has now been…

Biodiversity Offsets – The Latest on the Law

31 Oct 2013

Our August 2010 Resource Management Journal article commented on developments in the area of biodiversity offsets and environmental compensation. The…

National State Infrastructure Report Released

18 Oct 2013

The National State of Infrastructure Report 2013 was published on 17 October. This is the second annual progress report prepared…

Time Off In Lieu Arrangements

17 Oct 2013

Some employers offer a time in lieu arrangement, giving salaried employees time off in lieu of payment for overtime hours…

Developments in Trans-Tasman Proceedings

16 Oct 2013

Dealing with civil proceedings with a trans-Tasman element should be easier after the operative provisions of the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act…

Loan-to-Value Ratio Restrictions on Residential Property

09 Oct 2013

As of 1 October 2013 all banks in New Zealand are required to restrict new residential mortgage lending at a…

Special Housing Areas Begins Auckland’s Drive Towards Affordable Housing

09 Oct 2013

The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 1 (“the Act”) came into force on 16 September 2013. The purpose…

Consultation on Oil and Gas Guidelines

09 Oct 2013

The Minister for the Environment Amy Adams has announced that consultation will take place on the draft guidelines for Managing…

One Plan Appeals Dismissed in Part

08 Oct 2013

Justice Kós in the High Court has dismissed Horticulture New Zealand and Federated Farmer’s appeals on the Environment Court decision…

Limited Disclosure of Litigation Funding Arrangements Required

04 Oct 2013

There is a general rule of law in New Zealand that a person not a party to litigation cannot interfere…

Latest Global CEOs Poll on Sustainability Released

04 Oct 2013

In September 2013 the latest triennial global survey on corporate sustainability by the UN Global Compact and Accenture was released….

First Person Sentenced to Prison Under the RMA – Twice

26 Sep 2013

The business manager of Cash for Scrap Ltd, Mr William Conway, has had his appeal against conviction and sentence dismissed…

Supreme Court Decision on Coal Mining Activities

23 Sep 2013

The Supreme Court has recently released its decision in West Coast ENT Inc v Buller Coal Limited [2013] NZSC 87….

Auckland Unitary Plan Approved for Notification

18 Sep 2013

The Auckland Council has now made the final decision on changes to the Draft Auckland Unitary Plan (“the Unitary Plan”)….

The Inconsistent Regional Management of Farming Effects on Waterways

18 Sep 2013

 Introduction In assessing the regional management of farming activities on water quality, this paper focuses solely on the mechanisms contained…

Employment Court Considers What Equal Pay Means

16 Sep 2013

The Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment on a wide range of grounds.  For example you cannot refuse to…

MBIEs Petroleum and Minerals Sector Report Released

10 Sep 2013

On 3 September the Government released the Petroleum and Minerals Sector Report. The report is part of the Business Growth…

Proposed Changes to the Animal Welfare Act

09 Sep 2013

On 8 May 2013 the government introduced a Bill to change the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and improve the New…

Resource Management Reform Passed

28 Aug 2013

The Resource Management Reform Bill has now been enacted (27 August 2013) and most of it will come into effect…

Decision to Offer Only 50 Percent for Uninsured Red Zone Properties Must be Reconsidered

28 Aug 2013

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister and Chief Executive must reconsider decision to purchase Red Zone residential properties from owners of vacant…

Valuation of Natural Assets – What the Courts Have Said So Far

26 Aug 2013

Partners Mark Christensen and Maree Baker-Galloway have written a paper which examines what the courts have said about the role…

PCE Report DoC on Stewardship Land Released

21 Aug 2013

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, released her latest report, Investigating the future of conservation: The case of…

Anderson Lloyd recognised at Australasian Women in Business Law Awards

19 Aug 2013

Anderson Lloyd was recognised at the Australasian Women in Business Law Awards recently in Sydney, taking out the award for…

Capital Raising Process Being Overhauled

16 Aug 2013

The often substantial amounts of money required to both establish mining businesses and keep them competitive over time, makes mining…

Government changes to RMA

13 Aug 2013

In February and March 2013 the Minister for the Environment, Hon Amy Adams, released two documents for consultation that included…

Employee Fault and Taking Days Off

12 Aug 2013

Employers sometimes feel it’s impossible to follow a perfect dismissal process, especially when that is judged with the benefit of…

Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill

09 Aug 2013

This Bill was introduced in September 2012. It introduces increased penalties for offences under the Conservation Act 1987, National Parks…

Earthquake-prone buildings – What does the Government’s policy mean for local government?

08 Aug 2013

The Government has announced its policy for managing earthquake-prone buildings. The policy position includes: Requiring territorial local authorities, within five…

Auckland Unitary Plan – Feedback now online

08 Aug 2013

The informal consultation period for the Draft Auckland Unitary Plan (“the Unitary Plan”) took place from March to May 2013….

Submissions due for Draft Conservation Management Strategies

08 Aug 2013

Draft Conservation Management Strategies (CMS) have recently been released for submission in Canterbury, Otago and Southland Murihiku [1]. Submissions are…

Government Seeks Feedback on Draft Adventure Activities Certification Scheme

31 Jul 2013

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking comments and suggestions on the draft New Zealand Adventure Activities…

Update of Adventure Activities Regulations and Safety Audit Standards

29 Jul 2013

The Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011 require adventure activity operators to undertake and pass an external…

Christchurch must have A Cathedral – just not The Cathedral

26 Jul 2013

The Court of Appeal has just released its decision in the appeal by The Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT) against…

Sustainable Buildings and the Law

22 Jul 2013

In recent years there has been a significant shift in the building industry towards environmentally sustainable design and construction solutions….

Pike River Coal Reparation

19 Jul 2013

Pike River Coal has been ordered to pay combined reparation of $3.41 million to the families of the 29 men…

Reasons for Redundancy

16 Jul 2013

The Employment Court has demonstrated in two recent cases that it will robustly test employers’ reasons for making staff redundant….

Freshwater Reforms Confirmed

15 Jul 2013

On 10 July Environment Minister Amy Adams and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced the Government’s action plan for…

Draft Land Use Recovery Plan Notified for Written Comment

09 Jul 2013

The final Draft Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) has been presented to the Minister for Earthquake Recovery and notified for…

New Regime for Exploring and Developing Natural Resources within the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf

09 Jul 2013

The opportunity to explore and develop the natural resources of the Exclusive Economic Zone (“the EEZ”) and the Continental Shelf…

The Criminal Procedure Act 2011

08 Jul 2013

The Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (“the CPA”) came into force on 1 July 2013, and is widely referred to as…

The Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill

03 Jul 2013

The Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill has been introduced to Parliament following the Royal Commission on the Pike…

Business Owners: Move On, Move Up, and Then Move Out

03 Jul 2013

As printed in The Press page C10 on Wednesday 3 July 2013 The longer term leases sought by commercial landlords…

Resource Management Reform Bill: Local Government and Environment Select Committee Report

24 Jun 2013

The Resource Management Reform Bill (“the Bill”) is an omnibus bill designed to amend the Resource Management Act 1991 (“the…

Anderson Lloyd Nominated for Law Awards

24 Jun 2013

We are delighted and proud to announce that Anderson Lloyd has been nominated for the second annual Euromoney Legal Media…

Tenants’ Rights to Share of Landlord’s Insurance Pay-Out

21 Jun 2013

A tenant-favourable judgment (One Three Four Limited v JRF Holdings Limited [2013] NZHC 938) has recently been issued by the…

Recovering Litigation Legal Fees in Solicitors’ Negligence Cases

18 Jun 2013

The High Court has recently confirmed the legal basis for the recovery of litigation legal fees as damages in solicitors’…

New Energy Use Rating Scheme a Game Changer for Commercial Property

12 Jun 2013

On 10 June 2013, Simon Bridges, the Energy and Resources Minister, launched a new rating tool to assess the energy…

Enforcing Safety Policies

11 Jun 2013

Employers are obliged by health and safety legislation to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees while…

The Worst Case Scenario: Investment Risk

11 Jun 2013

When making new investments many people look through rose-coloured glasses, but it is essential to consider the risks. An example…

New Christchurch Local Alcohol Policy Set to Shape Liquor Licensing

05 Jun 2013

The Christchurch City Council has adopted its draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act…

New Guidance on Costs in Solicitors’ Negligence Cases

23 May 2013

The High Court recently confirmed the legal basis for clients trying to recover legal fees as damages in solicitors’ negligence…

Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill

23 May 2013

A new bill that addresses national concerns around housing supply and affordability is currently before Parliament. The Housing Accords and…

PC56 – Managing Urban Design and Amenity in Christchurch

21 May 2013

Suburban centres are under the planning spotlight, with a proposed City Plan change that will enable greater scrutiny over the…

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill

20 May 2013

All parties appearing before the Employment Relations Authority are likely to welcome the proposed introduction of a three-month time limit…

Mackenzie Basin Agreement

14 May 2013

In 2011 the Mackenzie Sustainable Futures Trust sought to bring together a wide range of interest groups to discuss approaches…

Anderson Lloyd early mover back into the Christchurch CBD

01 May 2013

After nearly three years operating from a converted warehouse, Anderson Lloyd’s Christchurch staff will soon be back in the central…

When the contract is silent

23 Apr 2013

Sometimes the parties negotiating a contract omit to address an important issue. Only in certain circumstances can the courts imply…

Insurers Unshaken After Red Zone Ruling O’Loughlin v Tower Insurance Ltd

12 Apr 2013

The highly anticipated High Court decision regarding a Christchurch couple and their insurer has stopped short of a landmark ruling…

Land Use Recovery Plan

26 Mar 2013

A preliminary draft of the Land Use Recovery Plan, identifying the direction for residential and business development in greater Christchurch…

Draft Auckland Unitary Plan Launched

20 Mar 2013

The Draft Auckland Unitary Plan (“the Unitary Plan”) was launched on 15 March 2013. The Unitary Plan is a combined…

Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities

15 Mar 2013

On 14 March the Government released the new safety audit standard for adventure activity operators. Under the Health and Safety…

Recording Verbal Agreements in Writing

13 Mar 2013

A written contract is commonly prepared only after agreement has been reached verbally on key issues. Sometimes those key issues…

Freshwater Reforms Discussion Document

11 Mar 2013

On 9 March 2013 Environment Minister Amy Adams and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy released the Government’s approach to…

ECan Act to continue to 2016

05 Mar 2013

Important legislation which affects Canterbury regional governance and decision making was passed on 28 February 2013. The Environment Canterbury (Temporary…

RMA Reforms Discussion Document

01 Mar 2013

On 28 February Environment Minister Amy Adams released a discussion document detailing sweeping changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA)….

New Zealand Māori Council Claim Dismissed by Supreme Court

28 Feb 2013

Specialist lawyers Jen Crawford and Will Jennings provide comment on the 27 February decision, in which the Supreme Court unanimously…

Financial Markets Authority Focus for 2013

28 Feb 2013

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has today released a Compliance Focus 2013 document outlining the FMA’s priority areas for monitoring…

How Not to Dismiss an Employee

21 Feb 2013

A recent unjustified dismissal case heard in the Employment Relations Authority demonstrates why it is important to properly investigate allegations…

Rakaia water conservation order amended

19 Feb 2013

Anderson Lloyd experts Maree Baker-Galloway and Sarah Eveleigh share some insight on the implications of the finalised amendments to the…

New Rules for Strengthening of Earthquake Prone Buildings

12 Feb 2013

A High Court decision released on 4 February, 2013 has changed the rules around the strengthening of earthquake-prone buildings. Anderson…

Sweet Artwork

20 Dec 2012

Above: Hector Zamora, Muegano, 2010/2012. Kiosk Lake, Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art. Photo: Bridgit Anderson. A large-scale…

Government changes agriculture’s place in the Emissions Trading Scheme

20 Dec 2012

The Government recently amended the Emissions Trading Scheme to indefinitely postpone the agricultural sector’s liability to surrender carbon credits for…

Appeal to the Supreme Court – NZ Māori Council decision

20 Dec 2012

1. The Supreme Court has approved leave for the New Zealand Māori Council (et al) to appeal the High Court’s…

Resource Management Amendment Bill 2012 Update

17 Dec 2012

First Reading, Parliamentary Debates and Submissions called for. We are continuing to monitor progress of the Bill. It has passed…

Donation to food banks instead of sending Christmas cards

17 Dec 2012

Law firm Anderson Lloyd has donated $11,500 to food banks in the South Island this year instead of spending the…

International trade marks now being registered from NZ

17 Dec 2012

New Zealand based businesses can now make a single trade mark application to the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand…

Everything councils need to know about the Local Government Amendment Act

17 Dec 2012

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament on 29 November and commenced (in part) on 5…

Resource Management Act – Changes, Again!

17 Dec 2012

The Minister for the Environment Hon Amy Adams has introduced more amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 and related…

Evaluating the Environmental Impacts of Fracking in New Zealand

03 Nov 2012

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright released her interim report, which evaluates the environmental impacts of fracking in…

Land Use Recovery Plan

02 Nov 2012

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has directed Environment Canterbury to develop a Land Use Recovery Plan for Greater Christchurch. Read…

Labour Party Proposal for a National Policy Statement on Affordable Housing

02 Nov 2012

Affordable housing is one of the huge issues facing this country. Owning your own home has always been central to…

Takeovers Code Threshold Increased

02 Nov 2012

A definition change in the Takeovers Code may assist some companies to raise capital. Anderson Lloyd Lawyers Partner Anne McLeod…

The changing nature of commercial lease negotiation in Christchurch

02 Nov 2012

Anderson Lloyd Lawyers Partner Mike Kerr provides some insight into the challenge of negotiating new commercial leases as the central…

Christchurch Cathedral Decision has Trust Focus

01 Nov 2012

Heritage building owners need not be too concerned that the High Court decision last week to halt demolition of the…

New Offshore Mining Laws

01 Nov 2012

New legislation will strengthen the regulation of offshore mining and essentially become a Resource Management Act for the sea, write…

Third Report of the Land and Water Forum – “A Significant Change”

01 Nov 2012

On 15 November a major report was issued by the Land and Water Forum (“the Forum”). This is its third…

Collaboration the Key to Rebuild Opportunities

01 Nov 2012

Anderson Lloyd Lawyers Partner Ben Johnston advocates a collaborative approach for landowners and property developers in the central Christchurch rebuild….

Court Decision Sets New Privacy Boundaries

01 Nov 2012

A new decision from the High Court indicates that while we may not need to worry about seeing semi-nude photographs…

Submissions called for on Resource Management Amendment Bill

01 Nov 2012

A new Resource Management Amendment Bill has passed its first reading and is now to be considered by the Local…

Rakaia Water Conservation Order

01 Oct 2012

The amendments and additions to the original Water Conservation Order (“WCO”) seek to enable the use of water which is…

Joint Recovery Plan Analysis for Christchurch Central

01 Sep 2012

 The Recovery Plan defines the shape of the Central City, identifies the locations of key Anchor Projects to boost recovery…

“Please release me…” – Habeas Corpus Amendment Bill before Parliament

01 Sep 2012

National List MP Chris Auchinvole had his Habeas Corpus Amendment Bill drawn from the ballot in Parliament on 28 June…

High Court Decision on Coal Mining Activities

28 Aug 2012

The High Court has confirmed the decision of the Environment Court that consent authorities cannot take into account the effects…

Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill

27 Aug 2012

The Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill (“the Amendment Bill”), a Members’ Bill introduced…

Proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan now publicly notified

26 Aug 2012

On 11 August 2012 the Proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (PCLWRP) was publicly notified. The PCLWRP is the…

The Central City Recovery Plan directs changes to the District Plan

25 Aug 2012

The Central City Recovery Plan directs changes to the District Plan. Anderson Lloyd has been working with CERA in developing…

Anderson Lloyd Lawyers searching for new Christchurch site

24 Aug 2012

Christchurch – The largest South Island-based law firm, Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, intends returning to the Christchurch central business district, Chief…

Deadline approaching for comment on proposed changes for agriculture in the Emissions Trading Scheme

23 Aug 2012

Dunedin – The Government is currently seeking submissions on a raft of proposed changes affecting agriculture in the Emissions Trading…

Central City Recovery Plan

30 Jul 2012

The Recovery Plan for the CBD was released this evening (Monday 30 July 2012) by the Christchurch Central Development Unit…

Resource Consent Secured for Queenstown Pak ‘N Save

29 Jul 2012

Anderson Lloyd’s Resource Management team, led by Partner Jen Crawford and Associate Annabel Ritchie, have secured resource consent for Foodstuffs…

Purpose of Local Government to be changed

29 Jun 2012

One of the key changes promoted is to amend the focus for local government to ensure it carries out what…

Recovery Stratergy for Greater Christchurch

28 Jun 2012

The Strategy sets out guiding principles along with the vision and goals for the recovery, and also identifies areas of…

Leading Law Firms Announce Alliance for Christchurch

29 Apr 2012

The Reserve Bank estimates that the reconstruction of Christchurch is expected to cost in the vicinity of $30 billion. Christchurch…