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Effect of recent earthquakes on lending requirements

As most people will be aware there have been some major tectonic movements felt around the country in the last few weeks. This has caused further movement in both banks and insurance providers to review their requirements for providing insurance and loans for purchasers looking to buy in certain regions of the country. ANZ Bank […]

How to migrate to New Zealand from America or the UK

It is no secret that New Zealand is one of the best places to live in the world. Recently we have been voted best country in the world by a poll undertaken by The Telegraph[1], ranked 2nd best country to live in for expats by CN Traveler,[2] ranked 9th best country in the world to […]

How to resolve civil disputes

An Introduction to Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Did you enter into a contract (written or oral) and encounter problems? Did things go bad at a cost? Was there a disagreement over the parties’ obligations or duties? Did the other side fail to action what they are meant to under the contract? If so, there […]

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Marcus Beveridge: Chinese likely to be affected by immigration changes

This morning on  News Talk Radio QCL Principal Marcus Beveridge suggested Chinese families will be particularly affected by the Government’s new immigration policy. You can listen to the interview here. The new resident setting is being reduced to a limit of 95,000, down from the current 100,000. The threshold for skilled migrants has been raised by increasing […]

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Local Government Elections? Who cares?

Before you go to sleep, consider this – that there are schools in South Auckland that would give you, as a Maori or Pacifica student, only a 1 in 5 chance of obtaining NCEA Level 1. That means, of course, that 4 out of 5 fail. NCEA Level 1 is concerned with very basic reading […]

Unjustified Dismissal – Were you fired in an unfair manner?

Were you fired from your job in an unfair manner? In New Zealand, all employees are given the right to pursue a personal grievance claim under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (“the Act”) if they have any of the following issues: • Unjustifiable dismissal (where you were fired unfairly) • unjustifiable action which disadvantages the […]

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Things you need to know about land subdivision

Auckland’s population has increased significantly and is expected to continue increasing over the next 10 years. The increased population together with other determinants make Auckland one of the cities worst in the world given the extremely high house prices coupled with moderate wages. Accordingly, recent market trends indicate that medium to high density housing developments […]

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Brexit and You

“Alea iacta este” (the die is cast), is the Latin phrase attributed to Julius Ceasar as he led his army across the Rubicon river into Northern Italy in 49 BC.   England has now crossed its own Rubicon, in voting to leave the EU. While no one really knows what the effects of this decision will […]

Buying a new home off the plans

QCL Senior Solicitor Tina Hwang was recently quoted in an article published by The NZ Herald in relation to getting in early and buying a new home or apartment off the plans. “The process of buying off the plans is different to an ordinary home purchase and buyers really need to understand the agreement they’re […]