Aquaculture Reforms

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The Ministries for Primary Industries and the Environment are jointly consulting on a proposed National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture…

Regenerate Christchurch

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The Government has announced new legislation as part of the transitional phase for CERA.  The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill will…

Reasons for Redundancy

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The Employment Court has demonstrated in two recent cases that it will robustly test employers’ reasons for making staff redundant….

Land Use Recovery Plan

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A preliminary draft of the Land Use Recovery Plan, identifying the direction for residential and business development in greater Christchurch…

ECan Act to continue to 2016

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Important legislation which affects Canterbury regional governance and decision making was passed on 28 February 2013. The Environment Canterbury (Temporary…

Sweet Artwork

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Above: Hector Zamora, Muegano, 2010/2012. Kiosk Lake, Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art. Photo: Bridgit Anderson. A large-scale…

Land Use Recovery Plan

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Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has directed Environment Canterbury to develop a Land Use Recovery Plan for Greater Christchurch. Read…

New Offshore Mining Laws

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New legislation will strengthen the regulation of offshore mining and essentially become a Resource Management Act for the sea, write…

New offshore mining laws

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Legislation passed earlier this month will strengthen the regulation of offshore mining and essentially become a Resource Management Act for…

Changes to Concessions Regime

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Concession holders should now have increased certainty and experience some improvements in concessions processing due to recent amendments to the…

ECan Act Powers Extended to 2016

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The Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Amendment Bill was tabled in Parliament today, 7 September. The Bill…

Who is actually redundant?

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“There are some important limits on an employer’s ability to choose who is redundant.” Prepared by Lesley Brook Who is actually…

Redundancy Entitlements

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Vulnerable workers have statutory rights to “redundancy entitlements” which may or may not include redundancy compensation. It is reasonably common…

Oral Contracts

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A recent Court of Appeal decision highlights the dangers of having oral contracts. Below, Lesley Brook examines the decision. Company…

Please explain …

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An employer can hold an employee to account, a recent case confirms. Mr Garvin was employed as CEO, a new…

A Fresh Start for Te Waihora

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This article by Jen Crawford appeared in the Resource Management Law Association Journal, April 2012. Prepared by Jen Crawford A fresh…

Sympathy Strikes? Unlawful?

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In this article, Lesley Brook examines whether sympathy strikes are unlawful. When employees collectively refuse to carry out the “work…