Govett Quilliam Blog

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Environmental leadership in business award
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Environmental leadership in business award
Govett Quilliam is incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to sponsor the Environmental Leadership in Business Award at the 2019 Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards. The awards feature 5 main categories which each encourage environmental stewardship and sustainable development of natural resources.
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Green paper on hydrogen released
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Green paper on hydrogen released
Consultation is now open on the challenges and opportunities for building a hydrogen economy in New Zealand. The Government is seeking your feedback on the potential for hydrogen production, export and utilisation in New Zealand economy.
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Introduction of Bill to amend Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
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Introduction of Bill to amend Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
Te Ture Whenua Maori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament on 19 September 2019, which could soon see the most significant changes to Māori land law in over 20 years.
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Overhaul of the Resource Management System
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Overhaul of the Resource Management System
On 24 July 2019, the Hon David Parker launched the Government’s “comprehensive overhaul” of the resource management system and the Resource Management Act 1991 (“RMA”).  The overhaul is intended broadly to cut complexity and costs, better enable urban development and improve mechanisms for protection of the environment. 
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Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill
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Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill
On 8 May 2019, the Government introduced the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill ("Zero Carbon Bill") into Parliament to address the long-term challenges of climate change. The Zero Carbon Bill seeks to amend the existing Climate Change Response Act 2002. If passed into law, this new legislation will sit alongside the Emissions Trading Scheme established under the Climate Change Response Act.
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Innovating for the Future by Building on the Past
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Innovating for the Future by Building on the Past
Our upcoming move of premises in September is significant to us for many reasons. One of those is that it reflects our commitment to look to the future while also celebrating the past.
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In celebration of our people
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In celebration of our people
  A law firm is nothing without its people. And if we’re allowed a moment of pride as we approach our upcoming relocation in September, it will always be reserved for celebrating our incredible team.
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Healthy homes legislation
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Healthy homes legislation
  On 1 July 2019 the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 (Standards) come into force. The Standards set minimum requirements landlords need to meet for tenants in relation to heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage and draught stopping. In this article we seek to dispel some of the myths and 'fake news' around this legislation to give you the run-down on what you'll need to do to meet the requirements.
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What happens when you need to juggle buying and selling a home at the same time?
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What happens when you need to juggle buying and selling a home at the same time?
It's unlikely that the first home you buy will be your forever home. As your family grows or your salary increases you may find yourself wanting to upgrade your current home to one with more rooms, different features, or in new area of town. However, like many people, you may find yourself in the predicament of having to sell your current home in order to finance your next one. 
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We're On The Move!
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We're On The Move!
  In early September, we will shift from our current waterfront location (1 Dawson Street) to the exciting new building on the corner of Dawson and King Streets—close to the heart of the city.
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10 things to consider when buying a home with a friend
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10 things to consider when buying a home with a friend
  A co-ownership agreement might just save your friendship   With the average house prices rising, getting on the property ladder can be harder than ever - especially if you're single and don't have the benefit of two incomes to draw upon. Perhaps you have a decent deposit but your cash flow isn't the best, or maybe it's the reverse, you have great cash flow but it's going to take you a while to save enough for the 10-20% deposit most banks require to approve your mortgage.
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How much does a lawyer cost when buying your first home?
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How much does a lawyer cost when buying your first home?
Buying your first home can be a very daunting experience. Not only are the sums involved absolutely mind-blowing but buying a home has a few knock-on costs that need to be factored in. From building reports, LIM, lenders mortgage insurance, moving expenses and legal fees there are a bundle of hidden costs that only become visible when you begin the process. You may find that several thousand dollars of your budget is redirected to some of these ancillary costs.
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Overlapping historical Treaty claims – Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Trust v Attorney General [2018] NZSC 84
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Overlapping historical Treaty claims – Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Trust v Attorney General [2018] NZSC 84
In September 2018, the Supreme Court addressed the issue of overlapping historical Treaty claims in the landmark case of Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Trust v Attorney General [2018] NZSC 84.
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