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Government Plans Reversal of Recent Resource Consent Notification Changes to The Resource Management Act

Created: Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:01

Amendments to the consenting and notification provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) came into effect on 18 October 2017, altering how resource consent applications are processed, and how notification and affected persons are determined.

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The Retirement Village Option - Lifestyle Paradise or a Financial Cost?

Created: Monday, 13 November 2017 16:56

The growth of the retirement village industry is a defining feature of lifestyle for the senior group in the 21st century.  Many elderly people view moving into a retirement village unit as a safe, secure and convenient way of life.  However the financial and opportunity costs involved in entering into a retirement village need to be carefully considered. 

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Joint Ventures in Franchising - Proceed with Caution

Created: Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:16

It is becoming increasingly common to see franchisors using a joint venture model for their franchises. Specsavers is a well known example. A joint venture (JV) structure can have distinct benefits for the franchisor but it also comes with its own challenges.

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Residential Care Subsidy - A Trust May Affect Eligibility

Created: Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:11

Statistically, few of us will require long term stay in a rest home or hospital. At age 65, 5% of the population is in care. This increases to 21% once we reach the age of 85. Of the 85+ population the average stay in rest home/hospital care is 18 months. However, 54% of those over 85 will probably die in care. This high percentage of people dying in care is not because they are in long term residential care but because of the numbers that will be in respite care.

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Residential Care Subsidies - Working It Out

Created: Monday, 24 July 2017 16:53

The underlying purpose of the Social Securities Act 1964 is to ensure that financial support is available to people who require it.  The availability of this support is subject to means testing, and the Act requires that "where appropriate they should use resources available to them before seeking financial support under this Act".  These resources may include assets held in trust.

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Casenote: Green Road Cattle Company Limited v Southead Holdings Limited

Created: Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:34

Even when the documentation entered into between parties appears clear and able to be interpreted precisely, when the parties end up in a dispute, it is always quite fascinating to see how the actions or words of one or the other of them can be interpreted differently depending on which side of the dispute you are sitting.

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