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Thought you were all over the recent tax changes arising from the introduction of the bright line tax (aka capital gains tax)? Then consider this: Debbie is an English citizen but has permanent residence in New Zealand. She has just completed a science degree (IT). Max is a South African citizen and has a work […]

Tax Time

Introduced with effect from 1 October 2015 was the capital gains tax which according to our Prime Minister was not a capital gains tax. However you will be subject to tax in New Zealand if you sold a residential property in New Zealand, within 2 years of acquisition, that was not your “main home” regardless […]

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Update on Residential Land Tax

Where to start? The new data collection requirements and ‘bright line test’ have now been in place for a few months. The new Bright Line Tax applies to all residential property with a house on it in the following instances: • It is acquired after 1 October 2015 and sold within 2 years of acquisition; […]


New Property Tax Rules – post budget 2015

Brett provides some background and analysis into the raft of new regulations affecting the NZ property market and in particular Offshore owners and investors. Brett Carpenter is a qualified barrister and solicitor and consultant at QCL. He brings considerable expertise particularly in the areas of trusts and taxation together with a wide experience in property […]

The Subdivision Process – How to add value to a subdivision

Ready to develop your land bank? Want to know how to subdivide your property? Read on below for a simple step guide to subdividing your property. Queen City Law are experts in property development. Green fields or Brown let Queen City Law smooth the process. Find out more about our law team here. Visit the […]

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Alistair Comyn – Testimonial

Hi Brett,  I wanted to say thank you to you,  Marcus and all the team at QCL for all your assistance with my legal matters – I am really grateful for all your guidance. I wish you all a great Christmas and a prosperous 2015. Thanks again, Alistair  Alistair Comyn – Senior Consultant http://

Changes to collective agreements, the 90-day trial period, strike action, and meal breaks.

When things go wrong in an employment agreement both the employee and the employer  are expected to deal with each other in good faith to try to resolve the situation. If you can’t resolve the problem yourselves, NZ employment law provides processes for resolving grievances. Recently NZ Parliament passed workplace reforms The law change bringing in workplace reforms, including the […]

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Taxing Land in NZ

New Zealand is a beautiful country and increasingly people from overseas and cities within NZ are retiring to the country. In buying large blocks of rural or city fringe land owners become liable for property taxes. New Zealand – Property Guides and Articles on Property and Property taxes are available in our Law Library here. Queen City Law have […]