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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”)….