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Can I Move Overseas … and Take My Child With Me?

Created: Friday, 01 July 2011 23:50

Paul and Jane have been married for four years and have a young family. Paul met Jane on a holiday in Australia. Six months later Jane moved to New Zealand and they married soon after. They were blessed with two children - Sam and Jessica - and life was great for a while, until Paul started working longer hours. Coming home tired and irritable, he did very little to help Jane with the children and it wasn't long before he told Jane he was leaving her for another woman. Heartbroken and desperate Jane decided to move Sam and Jessica to Australia so they could be with her family. When she told Paul about her plans, he was furious and said she could leave but the children would have to stay in New Zealand with him and his new partner.

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Untenantable Premises – A Question (Somewhat) Resolved

Created: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:00

A recent High Court case sheds some light on when a property is 'untenantable', which, depending on the answer, might result in contracts between parties being prematurely terminated.

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Constitutionally Correct?

Created: Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:00

A recent High Court decision demonstrates the dangers of not adhering to the rules of the constitution of an incorporated society.

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Consent Declined! The Issue of Retrospective Building Consents

Created: Thursday, 09 June 2011 01:45

In Environment Waikato v Sutherland the District Court has overturned a determination by the Chief Executive of the Department of Building and Housing (Chief Executive) and confirmed that retrospective building consents are not available under the Building Act 2004 (BA'04) (nor the former Building Act 1991 (BA'91)).

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Freedom Interrupted

Created: Saturday, 21 May 2011 01:48

The Government hopes that the Freedom Camping Bill (Bill) introduced to Parliament on 18 May 2011 will make inroads in dealing with the growing problem of freedom campers.

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NPS For Freshwater Management 2011

Created: Thursday, 19 May 2011 01:51

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 (NPS) was announced recently and will take effect from 1 July 2011. Primarily the NPS makes Regional Councils (RCs) responsible for setting enforceable quality and quantity limits for freshwater water bodies within their regions. The NPS also addresses the allocation, transfer of water take rights and the reduction of over allocation of water bodies.

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