2019

On 5 September 2019 the Government released the long-awaited package of freshwater reforms. The Action for Healthy Waterways package seeks to stop the degradation of New Zealand waterways and restore them to a healthy state. 

The official closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm. However, submissions will be accepted for a further two weeks beyond that date, until 31 October 2019.

The Government released its proposals for freshwater management reform on 5 September 2019, including a consultation draft of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.  

The official closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm. However, submissions will be accepted for a further two weeks beyond that date, until 31 October 2019.

The Ministry for the Environment have released proposed regulations to exclude stock from waterways.  

The official closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm. However, submissions will be accepted for a further two weeks beyond that date, until 31 October 2019.

The month of August has seen a flurry of activity coming from the Ministry for the Environment, with its proposed National Policy Statement (NPS) on Urban Development being released hot on the heels of the proposed NPS for Highly Productive Land. 

Family Law

If you do not have the means to pay privately for a lawyer you may qualify for legal aid.

The Government launched yesterday its overhaul of the Resource Management Act 1991 which, as described by Hon David Parker, “takes too long, costs too much and has not protected the environment”. 

The Productivity Commission, an independent Crown entity, has released its draft report on local government funding and financing

One of the major risks of being a director is the liability you face if the company fails. Thanks to a new decision from the High Court, this risk has just become a lot higher.

Family Law

Family Dispute Resolution (“FDR”) is a mediation service, designed to help separated couples and their families resolve disagreements regarding care of children.

There is currently a Bill before Parliament that will amend many aspects of Trust Law contained in the Trustee Act of 1956. In anticipation of the overhaul of Trust Law it is a good time to consider whether the current trustees of your Trust are still the best people for the role.

This article talks about the main ways that Wills are challenged in the Courts.

The first set of National Planning Standards came into force on Friday 3 May 2019.