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Adventure Tourism Regulations: "She'll be right" – will she?

Created: Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:33

Previously published in Inside Tourism, Issue 857, 3 November 2011

The Adventure Activities regulations have been gazetted. They require adventure tourism and outdoor education operators, who provide activities that are designed to deliberately expose participants to a risk of serious harm, to undergo a safety audit and be registered. From 1 November 2014, it will be an offence under section 50 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 to provide an adventure activity unless the operator is registered as an "adventure activity operator". Under this section, depending on the type of offence, fines can be up to $250,000.

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New NES for Contaminated Sites

Created: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 02:29

New Zealand's clean, green image has taken a bit of a beating in recent years. This is largely the legacy of industrial, agricultural and horticultural practices that reflected ignorance of or indifference to the impact on the environment.

One of the more problematic issues we are left to deal with is that of contaminated sites. When land, that has historically been used for some activity that required the use of hazardous substances, becomes available for redevelopment, the issue becomes one of ensuring the new activity is safe for users.

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How Does the Father of a Child Establish Paternity?

Created: Thursday, 20 October 2011 00:36

Paternity issues can create stress and hard feelings if not dealt with promptly and definitively - not just for the parents concerned, but also for the child. Sometimes that means lawyers and the Family Court must be involved.

Andrew met Sally at a pub in town last August. Sally is from England and was working as a waitress part time. Andrew and Sally began a casual relationship which lasted only a few months. Soon after the relationship ended Sally discovered she was pregnant. She informed Andrew and throughout the pregnancy they kept in touch. They even attempted a reconciliation, but it was short lived. When their baby Annabelle was born, Sally allowed Andrew to visit and spend time with her on a few occasions. Over that time, he grew exceedingly fond of Annabelle but a month or so later all contact ceased and Sally would not take Andrew's calls. Andrew suspected that Sally did not want him in Annabelle's life and that she probably wished to return to England with Annabelle in the future, without having to seek consent from him. Andrew obtained a copy of Annabelle's birth certificate, only to find he was not recorded as the father. Unsure of what to do to protect his legal position with respect to his daughter, Andrew sought our advice.

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics - The RMA in Numbers

Created: Thursday, 13 October 2011 02:33

Thanks to the Ministry for the Environment there is a report every two years on the manner in which local authorities implement the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The report for the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 is now available - click here.

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Updated Environment Court Practice Note

Created: Saturday, 08 October 2011 02:37

The Environment Court has just released a new version of the Environment Court Practice Note. The updated Practice Note will come into effect on 1 November 2011 and will replace all earlier versions.

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Building Act Review Moves Forward

Created: Friday, 30 September 2011 15:28

Two new statutory provisions arising from the on-going review of the Building Act 2004 are noted.

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