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26 Feb 2015

​Hot property

By all accounts, rental properties have dried up as quickly as the vegetation around Wanaka of late - and the accommodation drought has brought with it both out-of-luck prospective tenants and steep rent increases to boot. Read more ›
15 Jan 2015

​Breaking news for tradies

In the lead up to the silly season, most law firms exist in a state of (hopefully) well-managed urgency – a frenetic dash to the finish line that is Christmas, amid a flurry of late-breaking, pressing legal matters that really can’t wait until January. Read more ›
24 Nov 2014

Health and Safety changes

I read some jaw-dropping stats on a news site recently that snapped me back in my seat. Surely, surely they can’t be that high, I mused. I headed straight to the website of the statistical source, Statistics New Zealand, and, sure enough, the rate of injury-based claims to ACC from our high-risk sectors – forestry, agriculture and fishing – was more than sobering. For every 1000 fulltime equivalent positions in these sectors, 226 had filed an ACC claim last year. Nearly a quarter. Read more ›
03 Oct 2014

​Season to sell

Spring, at last, has sprung and with it has come the lambs, the blooms, the longer days – and, of course, the seasonal warming up of the property market. As happens at this time of year, my desk has seen a marked increase in conveyancing files adorning it of late. As the market picks up, I’m seeing many of the “usual suspects” in terms of problems, risks, misconceptions and misunderstandings that arise, a few of which I’ll visit in this column. Read more ›
19 Aug 2014

​Rotten egg cracked

A North Island egg farmer’s free range egg scam has been well and truly cracked by authorities in a case that serves as a stiff warning to all traders that flouting consumer laws is a risky business indeed. Around 200,000 customers and 38 retailers were duped in the rort, in which the farmer labelled more than 206,000 dozen cage eggs as free range, and, by Commerce Commission estimates, pocketed an extra $375,000 for his deception. Read more ›
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