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  • Employer and employee rights during a global pandemic

    Employment Matters During COVID-19 – employer and employee rights during COVID-19 Navigating business during a recession triggered by a global pandemic can be a minefield, so we created this article covering key information for both employees and employers. If you’re in over your head and......

  • Firing An Employee Versus Making Them Redundant

    The difference and your rights as a company There is a process that must be followed before someone can be let go under an employment contract. With the economic effects of a global pandemic, many companies have been forced to let staff go, or at......

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    Commercial Leases During a Pandemic

    What are your rights under the COVID-19 lockdown? During the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, the majority of businesses are unable to operate normally from their leased premises. So what rights do commercial tenants have? First and foremost it depends on the terms of your......

  • What are the Student Visa requirements in NZ?

    What are the Student Visa requirements in NZ? Anyone looking to study in New Zealand for longer than three months is required to apply for a student visa. This entitles international students to reside and work up to 20 hours per week in the country......

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    How can I get residency in NZ?

    How can I get residency in NZ? New Zealand offers a wide range of different types of visas, some of which lead to residency. Understanding how residency works is important for anyone who is planning to take a long term position at a New Zealand......

  • Carlile Dowling is a Guardian Angel for children and families in need

    Carlile Dowling is a Guardian Angel for children and families in need.  Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC) has been a large part of our community, with a particular focus on families and their children, since they established the Hillsbrook Children’s Home at Havelock North in......

  • What are the proposed changes to the Property (Relationships) Act?

    What are the proposed changes to the Property (Relationships) Act? Earlier this year, the Law Commission submitted its review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA) to the government, recommending that the law be replaced by a new statute; the Relationship Property Act. This new......

  • NZ Working Visa Application

    The fastest way to get a work visa to New Zealand

    Applying for a work visa is a nerve-wracking experience for both the person moving, and their hopeful employer. An immigrating employee needs to quit their old job, sell their home, and move, often bringing a family with them. This logistical and bureaucratic feat requires excellent......

  • NZ Visa Application

    What types of visas are available in NZ?

    Before travelling to New Zealand, you’ll need to determine what kind of visa is appropriate for you. Depending on the purpose of your stay—tourism, work, study, or immigration— you’ll need to apply for a different corresponding type of visa. The qualifications you need to meet,......

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    What Happens to Investment Properties During a Divorce?

    In the event of a divorce, relationship property is divided equally according to the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. Alternatively, they can be divided in a way you and your partner have elected according to the terms of a relationship property agreement (prenuptial agreement) that was written and......

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    What is a Parenting Plan?

    If you are separating from your partner and there are children in the relationship, sorting out arrangements for their care is one of the most important things you have to do. A parenting plan involves coming up with and recording agreed upon arrangements for looking......

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    Separation Agreement Checklist

    When you separate from your partner in a marriage or de facto relationship, you are not legally required to do anything official. However, it’s a good idea to get a separation agreement to help make the circumstances clear, especially if you have children or shared......

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    Are Family Trusts Necessary?

    It’s natural for someone who has spent their time and effort to build significant wealth to want to protect their assets, and to ensure that they can continue to benefit both themselves and their loved ones in the long term. This is a real challenge,......

  • Signing a legal will NZ

    8 Things to Know About Wills in New Zealand

    Most of us don’t like to think about what happens after we pass on. Avoiding that uncomfortable topic, though, is part of why roughly 1,500 New Zealanders die intestate, or without a will, every year. Wills allow you to decide exactly what happens to your......

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    Carlile Dowling joins Women’s Refuge’s Shielded Site project

    As well as enjoying a secure experience when visiting our website, Carlile Dowling has added another layer of privacy through the Shielded Site project, developed by Women’s Refuge. Domestic violence is out of control in New Zealand Unfortunately, domestic violence in this country is at......