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2016 Toi's Challenge
30 June 2016

2016 Toi's Challenge and Robinson Law 6km Fun Run and Walk Robinson Law return as proud sponsor of 6km Fun Run and Walk.  Get your friends, whanau or work colleagues together for the Robinson Law 6km Fun Run and Walk or for the more adventurous Toi's Challenge Whakatane 18km multi terrain run, relay and fun walk.  Both...

Flat mate or de facto partner?
30 May 2016

Flat mate or de facto partner? The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“The Act”) provides an equal sharing presumption to relationship property for qualifying relationships. Qualifying relationships are marriages, civil unions or de facto relationships that are a minimum of three years in duration. Section 2D of the Act defines...

Property Purchase - Meth testing
30 May 2016

Property Purchase – Meth testing Methamphetamine contamination has been described as being so prevalent that it could be worse than the leaky home crisis that affected New Zealand in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Ministry of Health guidelines do not identify any safe level of methamphetamine contamination, and guidelines around the world...

Gift Vouchers - What happens to your voucher if the company goes into receivership?
16 March 2016

Gift vouchers – What happens if the company goes into receivership? It is an unfortunate reality of business that Companies fail. When this happens, it can affect a wide range of different parties and their ability to recover money they are owed. Any Company can be placed into receivership by one of its secured creditors if the Company has...

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - In force from 4 April 2016
16 March 2016

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 – In force from 4 April 2016 In New Zealand, more than one in ten workers claim for a workplace injury each year. To address this, the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (“the Act”) aims to make New Zealand’s work places safer, part of wide Health and Safety reforms ultimately...

Tax changes for settlements and the proposed "bright-line" test
24 November 2015

Tax changes for settlements and the proposed “bright-line” test With effect from 1 October 2015, there are new requirements around disclosure of tax information when buying, selling and transferring New Zealand land. There is also a new proposed “bright-line” test that will apply solely to residential land transactions to...

Toi's Challenge Whakatane 2015
12 November 2015

Proud sponsor of Toi's Challenge and Robinson Law 6k Fun Run & Walk Robinson Law return in 2015 proud sponsors of the Toi's Challenge and Robinson Law 6k Fun Run & Walk on Saturday 22 November Start time 9am. An 18km multi terrain run, relay and fun walk starting at Rex Morpeth Park following a stunning bush, beach and...

New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards
12 November 2015

Proud sponsor of the Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards Rural law The agricultural sector is a substantial and driving commercial activity in this region. In our general commercial work we represent clients and advise on related legal matters (eg - employment /buying and selling land/estates and asset planning) – but to date without...

Cyber bullying - on its way out?
20 August 2015

Cyber Bullying - on its way out? The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 (the Act) became law on 2 July 2015. Sections 22 - 25 and Part 2 apply immediately, with the balance of the Act taking effect on a date to be determined, but no later than 2 July 2017.   Taking immediate effect – criminal liability It...

Child Support
20 August 2015

Child support The Child Support Scheme is managed by the Inland Revenue Department of the New Zealand Government (IRD) and operates under the Child Support Act 1991 (the Act).   The Child Support Scheme (Child Support) is financial support paid by parents who either do not live with their children or who share the...

Building Amendment Act 2013 Update
15 May 2015

Building Amendment Act 2013 update From 1 January 2015 the Building Amendment Act 2013 (the Act) changed the rules around residential building works. These include the following: Works worth more than $30,000 now require a written contract including the building timeframe, the process for varying the contract and the dispute resolution...

Employment Investigations - Running a sound process
29 August 2014

As an employer it is almost inevitable that you will encounter issues with employees that will require an employment investigation. The issues that could arise are as many and varied as the employees themselves, however, some examples are: complaints by an employee against another employee, complaints by clients or customers or accidental...

Neighbour Law Part 1 - Love thy neighbour
29 August 2014

Disputes with neighbours can arise over many things; noise, fences, trees and animals etc. Ideally, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it and acting reasonably. However, if this is not possible, the law may be able to help resolve the matter. Encroachment When you purchased your property, your lawyer...

Protecting Your Trading Name
29 August 2014

The reputation of your business may be its most valuable asset. You have worked hard to develop your brand, so it makes sense that you also know how to protect it. In New Zealand you can call your business anything you like. That name is known as a Trading Name. Trading Names are not registered, meaning it is quite possible that other businesses...

Sports Law - Criminalising match-fixing in New Zealand
29 August 2014

The impending arrival of two large-scale international competitions to our shores in 2015 (the Cricket World Cup and FIFA Under 20 World Cup) has brought into question whether New Zealand’s current legislation provides adequate tools to prosecute match-fixers. The recent revelations about former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent’s...

What is a Certificate of Acceptance
29 August 2014

In some circumstances a certificate of acceptance may be issued by your local Council for unconsented works that have been completed on your property if the Council is satisfied that those works comply with the building code. This certificate is issued only if the works comply with the building code at the time the application is made. So, if you...

Judicial Review - The Lucan Battison Case
29 August 2014

In June 2014, Lucan Battison, a 16 year old student from St John’s College in Hastings, took his school principal and board of trustees to the High Court for suspending him for having long hair, in contravention of the school’s ‘hair rule’, which requires students hair to be short and tidy. Although Lucan won the case...

New Family Justice Reforms
28 March 2014

There are now more options for families to resolve disputes outside of the courts with new reforms introduced in March 2014. The team at Robinson Law has been working hard to get up to speed on the changes, and we will be able to advise you on the changes, even if you've already put an application through the system. Suzanne is an approved...

Relocation of children outside New Zealand
21 March 2014

The father and mother of a child are usually joint guardians of the child under Section 17 of the Care of Children Act 2004 (‘the Act’). Parents who have separated have a duty under Section 16 of the Act to consult with the other parent of the child about important guardianship matters. One of these guardianship matters is the...

Redundancy pitfalls for employers
21 March 2014

An employer may make an employee redundant on the basis that there is a genuine work-related reason or business decision for that redundancy. It must be about the employee’s position, not the employee personally. In Totara Hills Farm v Davidson (‘Totara’) the courts demonstrated that they may examine the reasons behind such a...

Review of burial & cremation laws
21 March 2014

In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, “the only certain things in this life are death and taxes”. It is often only with the passing of a loved one that the legal framework surrounding death is considered, including the requirements around how the remains of our loved ones are dealt with. The law governing burial and cremation in...

2013 Get2Go Challenge
26 November 2013

Robinson Law is extremely proud to be the sponsor of the 2013 Trident High Get2Go team who have made it into the national Grand Final! The Get2Go Challenge is a mash up of the Amazing Race, Survivor and Treasure Island with a mix of adventure sports including rock climbing, orienteering, water sports, and even some problem solving. Over 200 team...

Toi's Challenge 2013
17 November 2013

Robinson Law is a proud sponsor of the Toi's Challenge and Robinson Law 6km fun run/walk; the event offers a range of multi terrain runs, relays and fun walks traversing stunning coastlines, bush and cliff tops. It was great to hear that the 2013 event doubled in size - we are glad to be a part of such fun and active events! Here's what...

Robinson Law Monty's Revenge Multisport Race 2013
17 September 2013

Robinson Law was proud to sponsor the 2013 Monty's Revenge Multisport Race that incorporates 55km of running, kayaking and mountain biking - it's certainly not for the faint of heart! Our very own Pete took part in the event - and even managed to finish! We're looking forward to the 2014 event already! Click here to find out a...

Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness
9 September 2013

As a part of the 2013 Budget, the New Zealand Government is introducing a rental Warrant of Fitness to ensure a reasonable standard of living conditions is met. The initial implementation will relate to Housing New Zealand properties first and testing is expected to begin later this year. So far there has been no decision regarding implementing...

Christmas

We will be closing our office on Friday 23rd December 2016 and re-opening Monday 9th January 2017. Any messages on the answer phone will be dealt with when we re-open.  Pete and Suzanne will be checking their emails regularly if you need to get hold of them.  pete@rl.co.nz and suzanne@rl.co.nz  We wish all our clients a safe and happy christmas.

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