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Relying of Expert Certification

Created: Friday, 09 March 2018 15:15

Local authorities are heavily reliant on expert certification when determining consent applications and compliance with conditions of consent, but which experts should they trust?

This question has recently been explored by the Environment Court in David Mulholland Consulting Engineer Ltd v Whanganui District Council [2018] NZEnvC 10.

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Rates Rebates and Retirement Villages

Created: Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:15

The Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Act 2018 (2018 No 1) came into effect on 2 February 2017, addressing an anomaly under the Rates Rebate Act 1973. The Act ensures residents of retirement villages are recognised as paying rates and are therefore entitled to apply for a rates rebate, regardless of the billing practice of the local authority. 

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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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