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Residential Care Subsidies - Working It Out

Created: Thursday, 26 July 2018 08:51

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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Can Territorial Authorities Now Appeal Their Own Resource Consent Decisions?

Created: Friday, 08 June 2018 08:29

Auckland Council v Auckland Council [2018] EnvC 56

In the recent case Auckland Council v Auckland Council the Environment Court made a number of interesting procedural and jurisdictional findings relating to Auckland Council’s ability to appeal its own decision made as a consent authority.

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This Is Not the Bias You are Looking For - Council Role in the Resource Consent Process

Created: Monday, 23 April 2018 16:02

Enterprise Miramar Peninsula Incorporated v Wellington City Council

In the recent High Court case Enterprise Miramar Peninsula Incorporated v Wellington City Council [2018] NZHC 614 the Court made a number of interesting findings on the role of councils in the resource consent application process. The Court: 

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Brookfields Congratulates New Award Recipient

Created: Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:42

MattKeil

Last week at the SOLGM Gala Dinner we had the pleasure of presenting the 2018 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award to Matt Keil, Senior Projects Engineer – Water and Waste Services, Southland District Council.

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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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