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Government announces bipartisan Bill aimed at addressing New Zealand’s housing shortage

On 19 October 2021, Labour and National announced a bipartisan Bill aimed at addressing New Zealand’s housing shortage. The Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill proposes to cut the red tape that is currently obstructing housing development in some parts of the country. To do this, the Bill proposes to strengthen and bring forward the implementation of the Government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) issued in July 2020. This statement was directed at supporting...

Commercial tenancies and the Government’s proposal aimed to ease the burden on businesses impacted by current restrictions

As COVID-19 alert levels continue to fluctuate across New Zealand, many businesses are feeling the cost of being unable to operate. Restrictions on movement are impacting income streams and placing significant financial burden on some businesses. As a result, many business owners have expressed concern over their inability to meet rental costs. To ease this burden, the Government has proposed changes to commercial tenancies via the COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill (the Bill). The Bill aims to amend the...

Who’s Responsible? The Uncertainty of Business Liability when a Cyber Attack Strikes

First published in The Profit. Written by Leah McHardy and Tayla Westman As technology continues to dominate everyday activity, the risk of cyber-attacks occurring also increases. Businesses, irrespective of their size, are becoming more vulnerable to the menace of cyber-attacks. Ransomware, malware, and broad sweeping data breaches are only a handful of the growing categories of cyber-attacks prevalent in today’s market. As the threat rises, questions of business liability because of an attack on client data remain unanswered. However, the responsibility to...