Our office is open, and we are following Government guidelines to ensure we keep both you and our team safe.

If you are not fully vaccinated, we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings with you and will instead arrange meetings with you by telephone or video call. On arrival to the office, we will sight and scan your Vaccine Pass.
All meetings with our team members must be scheduled in advance. We are limiting the number of clients at our office to ensure physical distancing.
Please scan in and wear a face covering. We have disposable face masks if you need them, and manual contact tracing is available.
We ask that you respect the members of our team who are taking the necessary precautions and following the required Government guidelines to help us all stay well.

 

The Anti-Money Laundering and
Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009

The legislation introduced to show New Zealand’s
commitment to help prevent AML/CFT activities on a global scale.

Why do we need your personal information?

The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“AML/CFT”) is legislation introduced to show New Zealand’s commitment to help prevent AML/CFT activities on a global scale.

From 1 July 2018 all law firms need to perform customer due diligence (“CDD”) on clients, even those that are well known to the firm, to ascertain the risk level to the firm for possible AML/CFT activity. This is a requirement of the AML/CFT Act.

What do we need from you?

In order for us to act for you we must complete CDD on you before we can act for you.

To complete this we require from you:

• Your full name;
• Date of birth; and
• Your street and postal addresses.

We require verification of identity and will need to see and keep a copy of either:

• Your current passport; or
• Firearms Licence; or
• Certificate of Identity

If you do not have either of these then:

• NZ or overseas driver’s licence; or
• 18+ Card

And:

• Birth Certificate; or
• Bank Statement; or
• Debit/Credit card

For proof of street address we require either:

• Utility bill; or
• Rates bill; or
• Bank statement.

If you are coming to see us about a company or trust then we will require the above information and identification for all trustees, directors and shareholders as well as company identifier or registration number. For beneficiaries of trusts or estates we will require their name and date of birth.

We may from time to time require information about the source of funds used in any given transaction.

If we cannot complete CDD on you, or cannot verify identification you have provided, then we are not permitted to act for you under this new legislation.

If you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.