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Organised Crime Bill passes second reading

Wed, 27 May 2015 20:42:01 +1200 | New Zealand Government

A Bill that cracks down on organised crime and corruption has passed its second reading in Parliament today. More >>

McCully doesn’t deny bribe in Saudi sheep scandal

Wed, 27 May 2015 16:08:50 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

“In Parliament today I asked Murray McCully directly: Why is he the first Minister in history to back a multi-million dollar facilitation arrangement which in other jurisdictions is called a bribe? says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson ...More >>

Financial advice regime under review

Tue, 26 May 2015 17:09:38 +1200 | Chapman Tripp

The regime created by the Financial Advisers Act and the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act, both of which were passed in 2008, is under review.More >>

Government proses weakening the Health and Safety law

Tue, 26 May 2015 14:27:16 +1200 | Hazel Armstrong

“The Government’s suggestion that the new workplace health and safety laws will be weakened is very disappointing”, says Hazel Armstrong health and safety lawyer and member of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel.More >>

Parliament missing in action on RMA reform

Tue, 26 May 2015 12:21:03 +1200 | Business NZ

Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said recent indications of ‘no change’ to sections 6 and 7 of the Act means it is now clear that after six years Parliament is incapable of delivering anything more than the lowest common denominator – process changes.More >>

Feedback sought on financial advice laws

Tue, 26 May 2015 10:08:39 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith released an Issues Paper for public consultation today, as part of a review aimed at improving financial advice legislation.More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Cullen Review of our security services

Tue, 26 May 2015 09:51:06 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Whatever the conflicts and point scoring between them on other issues, National and Labour have always spoken virtually as one on free trade and the role of the security services. Therefore, the recent appointment of former Labour Finance Minister Sir ...More >>

FMA secures $500,000 compensation payment from Pacific Edge

Mon, 25 May 2015 16:16:51 +1200 | Financial Markets Authority

FMA issues warning on continuous disclosure obligations and secures $500,000 compensation payment from Pacific Edge Limited More >>

Apple Fields' directors fined $30,000 over filing omissions

Mon, 25 May 2015 13:07:55 +1200 | BusinessDesk

May 25 (BusinessDesk) - Justin Prain and Mark Schroeder, directors of the formerly NZX-listed Apple Fields, have been fined $30,000 each for failing to file financial statements for three years.More >>

Defective Cladding Class Action Litigation Funding Confirmed

Mon, 25 May 2015 12:59:49 +1200 | Adina Thorn

Adina Thorn of Adina Thorn Lawyers today announced that the dedicated investment funds advised by Harbour Litigation Funding Limited (“Harbour”) has agreed in principle to provide funding to progress the claim against various manufacturers ...More >>

Daisaku Ikeda: Shared Action for a Nuclear Weapon Free World

Mon, 25 May 2015 10:44:48 +1200 | Daisaku Ikeda

Daisaku Ikeda is a Japanese Buddhist philosopher and peace-builder, and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) grassroots Buddhist movement ( )More >>

Claims That NZ is Good for Sex Workers ‘Laughable’

Mon, 25 May 2015 09:41:05 +1200 | Family First

Family First NZ says that  claims  by the Prostitutes Collective that New Zealand is the best place on earth to be a prostitute are laughable and from ‘fantasyland’.   “Even the architect of the bill to decriminalise prostitution has  admitted ...More >>

How many victims missing out on protection?

Sun, 24 May 2015 12:05:36 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

23 May 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT How many victims missing out on protection? Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern ...More >>

Accused remanded

Sat, 23 May 2015 12:58:07 +1200 | New Zealand Police

The 29 year-old Manurewa man accused of murdering a 22 year-old Manurewa woman at the AWI International Education Group school in Auckland yesterday, has been remanded in custody and granted interim name suppression.More >>

Guatemala detention: Improve monitoring

Sat, 23 May 2015 12:36:18 +1200 | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (21 May 2015) – The UN’s torture prevention body has urged Guatemala to improve the independent monitoring of detention conditions in the country as part of efforts to protect people deprived of their liberty against torture and cruel, ...More >>

ITF and ITUC give guarded welcome to Iran releases

Sat, 23 May 2015 12:35:28 +1200 | ITF Press Officer

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) have given a guarded welcome to the news that Iranian trade unionists Davood Razavi and Ebrahim Madadi have been released on bail. The men had ...More >>

PDP’s Plot to Violently Disrupt Council Polls

Sat, 23 May 2015 12:30:41 +1200 | Nwaorgu Faustinus

Rivers Apc Raises Alarm Over Pdp’s Plot to Violently Disrupt May 23 Council Polls •Unveils list of candidates More >>

Simpson Grierson Awards Employment Law Prize

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:47:42 +1200 | Simpson Grierson

The award recognises the student with the best overall mark in the University of Auckland's employment law class. Richard was presented with a cheque for $1,500 at a function in the firm's Auckland office today.More >>

Waitangi Tribunal legal action aims to stop Statoil

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:42:17 +1200 | Taikaha Communications

A new Waitangi Tribunal claim is alleging breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi due to the New Zealand Government’s failure to actively seek the prior and informed consent of Maori tribes in relation to the issuing of deep sea oil drilling permits.More >>

Legal issues at stake in Lecretia Seales’ court case probed

Fri, 22 May 2015 10:25:13 +1200 | University of Otago

There is a very strong case that existing New Zealand law does not preclude a doctor providing a mentally competent, terminally ill patient with the means to achieve a peaceful death, according to a University of Otago law professor and a US lawyer ...More >>


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