Since the Unit Titles Act 2010 came into force on 20 June 2011, we expect to see a greater level of transparency and disclosure of relevant information in respect of unit title properties.
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Buyers Need To be Aware

When you buy a house our advice is to check the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) and to consider getting a builder's report, and making these conditions in the Agreement. We have a story below which highlights the issues that a buyer found when purchasing their house.
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Owners of forestry land need to be aware of decisions they should make this year under the Climate Change Response Act 2002. The Act was created to enable this country to meet its international obligations to reduce carbon emissions.

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Important Reminder For Employers

Employers to retain employment agreements
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Provisional statistics from the Department of Labour show that 50% of workplace fatalities in the first four months of 2011 occurred in the agricultural sector1. These figures speak for themselves. The rate that farming families, their employees and contractors are dying as a result of farm accidents is horrific.
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ABOLITION OF GIFT DUTY FROM 1 OCTOBER OPENS A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES OR DOES IT?
For centuries trusts have been used as a means to protect a family's assets against business risk, relationship breakdowns or other possible events. People also use a trust to ring-fence funds for, say, a grandchild's education, to support a family member with a disability or for other similar positive reasons. For over 100 years the way trusts are set up in New Zealand has been constrained by tax law. Abolition of that tax (gift duty) means a re-think of the role of a trust, how a trust is used and what implications there may be for you, your family and also your trust.

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