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Unit Titles Act 2010 – Three Months On

Created: Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:00

It's been three months since the Unit Titles Act 2010 (Act) came into force. The Act was passed in April 2010, draft regulations issued on 9 May 2011, submissions on those regulations (Regulations) closed 10 June 2011 and the Act itself came into effect on 20 June 2011.

Some cynics would say, given the large delay between the passing of the Act and the release of the draft regulations, perhaps a little more time should have been made available for interested parties to make submissions on the draft regulations before the Act itself came into effect.

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Untenantable Revisited

Created: Friday, 12 August 2011 12:00

We revisit the definition of "untenantable" in light of a recent case in the Red Zone in Christchurch.

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Smoke Settles on Supermarket Wars

Created: Friday, 12 August 2011 01:40

The Environment Court takes a hard line on trade competition

The decision in General Distributors Limited v Foodstuffs Properties (Wellington) Limited clarifies the approach the Environment Court will take with regard to the new trade competition provisions in Part 11A of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

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Gift Duty Abolition - Not As Straightforward As It Seems

Created: Monday, 01 August 2011 22:08

Last year the Government announced that it proposed to abolish gift duty from 1 October 2011. The abolition proposal was included in a bill introduced to Parliament in early December last year and is now law (The Taxation (Tax Administration and Remedial Matters) Act).

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Release of the National Infrastructure Plan 2011

Created: Tuesday, 26 July 2011 02:45

The second National Infrastructure Plan was released on 4 July 2011. Prepared by the National Infrastructure Unit, the Plan records its vision that, by 2030, New Zealand's infrastructure will be resilient and coordinated and contributing to economic growth and increased quality of life.

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Trees Difficult to Streamline

Created: Wednesday, 20 July 2011 01:42

Section 152 of the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Act 2009 (Act) revokes district plan rules relating to the felling, damaging or removal of trees in an urban environment from 1 January 2012. However, a rule relating to "...a tree, or group of trees...specifically identified" in a district plan is exempt from this revocation pursuant to section 152(3).

The wide definition the Environment Court has given to the phrase "group of trees" in Re Auckland Council means that some Councils will not have to go through the substantial process of changing their district plan provisions relating to the protection of trees in order to comply with the Act.

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