Author:Bate Hallett

Putting your best foot forward in a booming property market

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a great deal of economic uncertainty both globally and in New Zealand. During the lockdown in April and May 2020 we were all questioning how the housing market would be impacted. Contrary to the expectations of some commentators, the NZ housing market has been booming since the end of lockdown. Whether this is from an increase in Kiwis returning home, new home buyers taking advantage of lower interest rates or people just needing a...

A timely reminder to review your affairs

As we slowly return to our day to day routines following the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s a good time to reflect on the lessons learnt from the paired back existence we experienced during these unprecedented times. One of the overwhelming messages to come out of the lockdown, was an even greater appreciation of our families and our desire to protect them. It is at times like these, that we should take stock of our personal affairs to ensure that in the...

Terms of trade and how registering your security interest can assist your business

The Personal Property Securities Act 1999 (“the Act”) has become a significant part of New Zealand commercial law. The Act created a publicly available record of security interests over ‘personal property’ and has become a tool by which businesses can protect their interests in the event of a debtor becoming insolvent. Personal property is all types of property except land. For example, stock in trade, livestock, crops and vehicles; along with intangible property such as hire purchase agreements, company...