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Tougher firearms legislation now in force The Arms Legislation Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 24 June 2020 and came into force immediately. The legislation imposes tighter controls on the use and possession of firearms. A key change is the introduction of a firearms registry, which will...

Water was the hot topic in the 2017 election campaign. This year, with an election coming up shortly, there seems to have been little talk of water (or much policy at all, so far) with COVID still taking up most of the news space, closely...

More on COVID and access issues to land In the Autumn edition of Rural eSpeaking we discussed the situation that COVID had caused with leases where tenants were unable to access their premises due to lockdown restrictions. Potential issues for the rural leasing sector arose from...

As an ex-South African lawyer now employed as a Legal Executive at RMY Legal in New Plymouth (until I am allowed to practise as a solicitor in NZ), I have seen first-hand how different some legal processes are in NZ as compared to SA. I...

The RMY Legal team is very pleased to be back in the office after working from home during COVID. Although many of us enjoyed moving our workplace into our homes, it is great to return to the office environment. We are all pleased to be reconnecting...

Smoking in motor vehicles with children now banned Smoking in motor vehicles when children under the age of 18 years old are present is now prohibited. The passing of the Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Act 2020 has made this an...

New Privacy Act comes into force in December The Privacy Bill is on its third reading in Parliament and will now become law on 1 December 2020. It will repeal and replace the current Privacy Act 1993, and will update the law to reflect the continually-evolving...

Charities play an important role in our society to help the disadvantaged, support specific causes or to advance knowledge. In New Zealand we have more than 27,000 registered charities, with 230,000+ volunteers and 180,000 paid staff[1]. Many of these charities are structured as trusts which...

As I write this editorial, the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a long-lasting effect on New Zealand and the rest of the world. Everyone has been affected in some way – to a greater or lesser degree. During lockdown, our physical environment changed...

What the Zero Carbon Act means for business One of the most significant pieces of new legislation introduced last year was the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019, more commonly referred to as the ‘Zero Carbon Act’. The legislation outlines the government’s targets over the...