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Guardianship

Created: Monday, 02 May 2011 00:55

People are often aware of the term the 'care of children', but are unaware of the term 'guardianship' and what it entails.

A guardian of a child is someone the law has given the right to make decisions about important matters affecting the children under the Care of Children Act 2004 ("Act").  These are –

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Guardianship

Created: Sunday, 01 May 2011 22:16

People are often aware of the term the 'care of children', but are unaware of the term 'guardianship' and what it entails.

A guardian of a child is someone the law has given the right to make decisions about –

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NPS for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011

Created: Wednesday, 20 April 2011 02:00

The National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011 (NPS) was announced recently and will take effect from 13 May 2011. The NPS directs consent authorities to recognise renewable electricity generation activities as a matter of national significance, and is intended to assist the Government to meet its target for renewable electricity generation. Given its scope, the NPS will lead to the amendment of a number of planning documents around the country.

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Legal Aftershocks from Christchurch Earthquake

Created: Friday, 01 April 2011 13:00

The Christchurch earthquake raises a myriad of legal issues, some of which will undoubtedly give rise in time, or more urgently, to new or altered law.

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Court Finds Council Caused Coastal Erosion

Created: Wednesday, 30 March 2011 03:03

What was it Robert Burns said about the best laid schemes of mice an' men?

The Tasman District Council might be reflecting upon the perils of best laid schemes following a recent Environment Court decision on an application for enforcement orders.

The stabilisation of coastal environments is such a tricky proposition that some think it should never be attempted, and the coastal form left to nature to determine. But local authorities quite frequently endeavour to stabilise or improve coastal amenities by building structures on the foreshore or seabed.

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Sleepovers - Workers Should Be Paid

Created: Thursday, 17 March 2011 19:35

Yesterday's Court of Appeal decision upheld an Employment Court ruling, which found that workers doing overnight sleepover shifts should be paid the adult minimum wage for every hour of the shift (currently $12.75 per hour).

After last year's Employment Court decision, the appellant, Idea Services (an IHC subsidiary), was placed in statutory management by the Government with tens of millions of dollars in backdated wages owing. In anticipation of yesterday's ruling, other providers took immediate steps to mitigate their loss by reducing their overheads and changing their remuneration arrangements. At the time, the Health Ministry said the ruling would cost between $400m and $500m to cover five years of back-pay for all providers.

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