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Sale of foreign-owned houses ordered

New Zealand housing market may be in for a second wind as foreign investors in the Australian property market start to fall foul of new investment regulations. Investors may look for new places to invest. The estates were bought illegally by nationals from Canada, China, India, Malaysia and the United States, the statement said. New […]

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Restrained Summer Selling

A windy cool summer this year has been the backdrop to the summer selling season in the Auckland property market. Overall the market has been very restrained with auction success rates in Auckland dropping below 50% in late December 2015. Slowly seller expectations are starting to change. Are house prices heading lower? Many are expecting […]

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New laws for Smoke Alarms Deadline July 2016

 • All rental properties must be insulated by July 2019, though exemptions apply to properties where it is physically impractical to retrofit insulation. • Smoke alarms must be installed in all rentals from July 2016, but tenants will be responsible for replacing batteries and notifying landlords of defects. • New powers to prosecute landlords for breaking tenancy regulations, […]

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Biggest house sales of the year

The NZ Herald on Sunday recently ran a list of the top ten properties sold in NZ in 2015. The country’s 10 priciest house sales of the year were all in Auckland and their collective worth ­tallies more than $100 million. The 10 properties have a combined price tag of $105.8m, equivalent to that of 138 […]

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Personal touch key to building Asia business relationships

In a story represented from the Asia org business speaker programme Mathew Findlay provides interesting insight on how to build business relationships with Asia based partners. For five years Matthew Findlay’s been tasked with the complex job of rebuilding Christchurch Airport’s network of airlines and alliances. Yet when he returns from high-powered business trips to Asia, […]

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Update to the Work Visa Category for Korean Applicants

Are you Korean and intending to apply for a work visa in New Zealand? Great news! The New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement has expanded the work visa categories for Korean applicants. Max Shin, Queen City Law’s recent addition, covers the recent changes in Korean, effective from 20 December 2015. To read more click here. QCL have […]

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Australia Deny Brown a Visa for Historical Domestic Violence

The denial of a visa to enter Australia is likely to impact on Singer Chris Brown’s efforts to enter New Zealand. New Zealand Immigration law has an automatic exclusion for those banned from another country. The Australian visa denial is believed to be a result of Brown’s history of violence, including his 2009 assault on […]

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Immigration New Zealand’s Upcoming Fee Increase & New Levy

Recently the New Zealand Cabinet has agreed to increase immigration fees by 8.3% overall. This is the first major increase since 2012’s 16.7% fee increase. These fees will be implemented on the 7th of December 2015. This will mean that application fees will increase and Immigration New Zealand will also be introducing immigration levies for […]

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More people are being deported for minor crimes

 Signs are emerging that Immigration New Zealand is now taking a firmer stance with people whose offending never sent them to prison. In the past, a small matter might not have attracted a decision of an immigration officer. Now it seems even minor matters can progressed.  In a recent article Alex Ashton suggests NZ is following Australia on deportation. Is NZ following […]

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Immigration changes for regions into effect

Earlier this month there was a Press Release from the New Zealand Government announcing new measures designed to improve the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand come into effect today. If you are a skilled migrant and you are wondering how these changes will effect you contact QCL, Aucklands leading immigration law firm.   Immigration […]