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Cyberspace Piracy - A Compromise

Created: Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:59

First published in Inside Tourism, Issue 831, 5 May 2011

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was rushed through its final reading last month and is now law. Most of its provisions relating to internet copyright infringement come into force on 1 September. The Bill was introduced to replace a controversial scheme that could have resulted in many unwarranted disconnections from the internet. Now that it is law, it is timely to remind those of you who provide internet access to your customers and staff, of the possible consequences of doing so.

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Leaky Commercial Building Means Residential Apartment Owners Take A Bath

Created: Monday, 09 May 2011 12:00

When is a residential apartment not a residential apartment?

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Not all Smoke and Mirrors – Amendments to the NES for Air Quality

Created: Wednesday, 04 May 2011 01:57

Changes to Air Quality Standard Address Industry Concerns

The National Environmental Standard for Air Quality was introduced on 8 October 2004 becoming the first set of National Environmental Standards to take effect. However following concerns expressed at the 2009 Jobs Summit that the Standards could impact on New Zealand's industry and employment, the government sought a review.

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NPS for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011

Created: Wednesday, 20 April 2011 02:00

The National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011 (NPS) was announced recently and will take effect from 13 May 2011. The NPS directs consent authorities to recognise renewable electricity generation activities as a matter of national significance, and is intended to assist the Government to meet its target for renewable electricity generation. Given its scope, the NPS will lead to the amendment of a number of planning documents around the country.

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Legal Aftershocks from Christchurch Earthquake

Created: Friday, 01 April 2011 13:00

The Christchurch earthquake raises a myriad of legal issues, some of which will undoubtedly give rise in time, or more urgently, to new or altered law.

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Court Finds Council Caused Coastal Erosion

Created: Wednesday, 30 March 2011 03:03

What was it Robert Burns said about the best laid schemes of mice an' men?

The Tasman District Council might be reflecting upon the perils of best laid schemes following a recent Environment Court decision on an application for enforcement orders.

The stabilisation of coastal environments is such a tricky proposition that some think it should never be attempted, and the coastal form left to nature to determine. But local authorities quite frequently endeavour to stabilise or improve coastal amenities by building structures on the foreshore or seabed.

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