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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 […]

Investor Catergory – What asset can I nominate under the Investor Programme

Applicants applying under the investor programme can nominate various types of assets such as shares, cash deposits, properties, debt instruments and so on in accordance with the relevant provisions of the New Zealand Government Immigration Instructions. The critical issue is proving “ownership” of the nominated assets. If your asset is held through a trust and […]

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Entrepeneur Residence Visa – What to consider when uplifting the section 49A condition?

A residence visa holder cannot be issued a permanent residence visa until the Section 49A condition on their visa has been uplifted. A section 49A condition is imposed on your residence visa if you have applied under the previous Entrepreneur Plus Category and the Current Entrepreneur (Fast Track) Category. When applying to uplift the section […]

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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; […]