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DISTRIBUTION 101 FOR EXPORTERS

Many of you would have seen the launch of the Zespri Bay of Plenty Export NZ Awards 2016, with the big event to take place on 24 June 2016. We have some incredibly successful exporters in this region who know all about the importance of having distribution arrangements based on more than just a hand shake at a trade show. For those new to exporting, it can be hard to know where to start and the prospect of engaging a lawyer to draft a Distribution Agreement can be daunting, especially when you can think of much better uses of your often limited cash flow.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 00:00

DIRECTORS, CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND MANAGERS - HEALTH AND SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Directors, Chief Executives and Managers - Health and safety is your responsibility! On 4 April 2016 the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force. This means that you only have a couple of weeks to ensure that your business complies with the new legal requirements. Will you be ready?
Written by Shima Grice at 14:00

STONEWOOD HOMES IN LIQUIDATION - 4 MUST DO'S FOR CREDITORS

The recent liquidation of Stonewood Homes is a reminder to all creditors, whether in the building industry or not, to have the best chance of recovering your costs you should:
Written by Mark O'Donnell at 10:00

GETTING IT SIGNED

With the ever increasing use of technology the need to sign a document on paper is becoming more and more redundant. Under the Electronic Transactions Act 2002 (“the Act”) certain paper-based legal requirements may be met by using electronic technology, in which the Act recognises that there is a functional equivalence between paper form and technology to meet a legal requirement.
Written by James Moran at 00:00

STAY SHARP CHRISTMAS EDITION

Christmas is only a week away and like many of our clients, we're spending a few extra hours in the office tying up those loose ends before the break. It's great to go home in the evening and still have an hour or so of extra daylight to enjoy - and tick any last minute Christmas gifts off the list.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

ONE TOO MANY AT THE OFFICE PARTY? FEELING SHEEPISH?

You may recall that taxpayers were left to foot the bill for $700 worth of damage to two model sheep at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Christmas party last year – we will draw the line at speculating how that damage may have been done. So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your office party antics don’t hit the headlines when your employees hit the booze?
Written by Shima Grice at 13:00

RESIDENT DIRECTOR REQUIREMENTS IN FULL FORCE AS OF 28 OCTOBER

As of 28 October 2015 all companies must now have ensured they have at least one director that either: - Lives in New Zealand; or - Lives in Australia and is a director of a company incorporated in Australia.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 11:00

NEW EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS BILL INTRODUCED

On 13 August the Government has introduced the Employment Standards Legislation Bill for fairer and more productive workplaces.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

FIVE KEY CHANGES TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REFORM BILL

We now have some certainty about the future of health and safety law in New Zealand: on Friday the Transport and Industrial Select Committee finally reported back on the Bill.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

CHANGES TO COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR DIRECTORS

The Companies Amendment Act 2014 has introduced two key changes to compliance requirements for directors:
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 12:00

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