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of areas of law, written by our legal experts.
Wednesday June 14, 2017
The latest raft of changes in the Government’s reset of the permanent visa categories were announced in April 2017. These changes bring an income threshold for applications under the Skilled Migrant Category for residence. Jobs that are considered skilled must meet the New Zealand median income of $48,859 a year. The other threshold is set at 1.5 times the New Zealand median income of $73,299 for jobs that are not considered to be skilled but are well paid. These new rules will take effect from mid-August 2017.
Monday June 12, 2017
If you’re building a new home under a fixed price contract, you’ve probably been impressed with the style, finishes and fixtures of a show home and think that this is exactly what you’ll get on completion. Building contracts often don’t show detail in relation to the quality and finish you will receive. This can be a problem if you are expecting a show home quality finish.
Tuesday May 16, 2017
The shortage of rental property combined with families in desperate need of accommodation was a recipe for disaster for a Manurewa landlord recently who was ordered to repay $15,840 in rent and $750 in damages for renting an unconsented converted garage as a household unit.
Wednesday May 10, 2017
Infrastructure and travel networks are hot topics right now in the Bay of Plenty. Whilst we’re happy to hear NZTA is reviewing its contractor’s practices and the work programme for the Te Puna roundabout, and to see work underway to improve road safety, the works come at a cost to businesses in the direct vicinity and to everyone else who is struggling to get to work on time. Businesses on the fringe are often most sorely affected but may not be entitled to compensation under the Public Works Act.
Monday April 10, 2017
In 2015 an array of amendments was made to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA), to be implemented in three stages, namely on 1 December 2015, 1 September 2016, and 31 March 2017.
Tuesday April 4, 2017
From 1 April 2017, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will enforce stand down periods for employing migrants for any employer who incurs employment standards-related penalties.
This new regime is designed to protect migrant workers from exploitation. This group of employees are more vulnerable than domestic workers who enjoy protection from the existing regulations and penalties.
Friday March 24, 2017
How do you address the gender pay gap? This is the question the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles (the JWG) had to answer when it was established by the government in 2015. This group consists of government, employer and union representatives and was tasked with recommending equal pay principles for government consideration.
Monday March 20, 2017
A new visa called the Global Impact Visa (“GIV”) aims to attract highly talented, successful and well connected entrepreneurs to establish ventures in New Zealand.
The key benefit of the GIV is that it offers flexibility to attract innovative global entrepreneurs, investors and start up teams who are not covered under the existing investor and entrepreneur visa categories.
Wednesday March 1, 2017
What is a Guardian Visa?
A Guardian Visa or 陪读签证 is a special multiple entry visitor visa category for the legal guardians of young foreign fee paying students. This visa category allows for one legal guardian per family to accompany the student visa holders of that family to New Zealand and to care for them on a day to day basis. Usually, the guardian visa will be for the same period as the student visa held by the student that the guardian will be accompanying.
Wednesday March 1, 2017
Those resistant to change are losing, and the free market economy is winning. The Bay of Plenty seems to be groaning under the weight, and the tension is visible; speeding drivers, traffic jams and accidents, trucks and machines everywhere, committees to talk about smart growth. We’re growing rapidly and people want to join us. Those of us already here know why; it’s the ‘Bay of Plenty’.