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Business / Commercial

Resource Management Act Reform A Moving Target

Created: Monday, 21 October 2013 00:31

Published in Inside Tourism Issue 949, 1 October 2013

In mid August the Government unveiled the 2013 Resource Management Act Reform Package following the completion of consultation on an earlier discussion document: Improving Our Resource Management System. The 2013 Reform Package is intended to be introduced as a Bill later in 2013.

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Did You Really Mean To Sign Up To That? Part 2

Created: Friday, 20 September 2013 23:33

Published in Inside Tourism, Issue 945, 1 September 2013

In our last article we looked at some pitfalls that might arise in contract documents in a specific marketing context. There are pitfalls to be avoided, or at least to be aware of, in most common commercial documents. Let's look at a few examples:

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Did You Really Mean To Sign Up To That?

Created: Friday, 16 August 2013 23:40

Published in Inside Tourism, Issue 942, 15 August 2013

We see increasing numbers of New Zealand SME owner operators compromising their livelihoods by entering into tough and inflexible contracts with their service providers. The terms imposed are frequently onerous and the costs of escaping the contract are considerable. Let's take a hypothetical example: An operator enters into a 10 year contract with an agent that controls the advertising space in, for example, a provincial airport.

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New Global Trademark Clearinghouse For Expanding Domain Space Launched

Created: Thursday, 11 July 2013 23:47

Every domain name has a top level domain which is the root zone of the name space (for example .com or .nz).

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non profit organisation responsible for the domain name system for Internet addresses, is in the process of dramatically expanding the number of available top-level domains from 280 to nearly 2000.

Many of the new top level domains will correspond with generic terms. For example, .food, .clothing, .tech, .hotel, .equipment, .legal are amongst the first few hundred of applications currently being assessed by ICANN.

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Your Responsibility For Third-Party-Generated Content

Created: Wednesday, 10 July 2013 23:50

Published in Inside Tourism, Issue 936, 3 July 2013

YOU may be using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or other social media channels to promote your business. You could just be retweeting positive tweets made by customers about your service.

You need to be aware that any third-party comments presented on your social media pages that refer to your business may be your responsibility under the law, even though you have not directly created them.

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New Tourism Markets - Part 2

Created: Friday, 03 May 2013 01:22

Published in Inside Tourism, Issue 927, 2 May 2013

John Key's recent visit to China and the subsequent announcement of investment to facilitate visitors shows how difficult getting to New Zealand can be for those from non visa waiver countries like China. It also shows current risk management methods in the visa application process are counter-productive when trying to enhance tourism with non visa waiver countries with whom we have trade deals.

Citizens of non visa waiver countries must obtain a visa before arriving in New Zealand. It is not simply a case of filling out the requisite form, showing proof of an itinerary and enough funds for the stay. Under current visa instructions, meeting these mandatory requirements is not in itself a reason to approve a visa application.

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