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90 Day Trial Working For Business and Employees

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New Zealand laws is pleased to present this employment law update. Minister of Labour the Hon. Kate Wilkinson has welcomed a new study which shows that the government’s 90 day trial initiative for new employees is working out positively all around. The research, which was undertaken by the department of Labour shows that businesses are […]

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Watson Applies For Exercise Of Royal Prerogative Of Mercy

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The new legal team representing convicted murderer Scott Watson will be allowed time to comment on a report by Kristy McDonald QC on his application for the exercise of the Royal prerogative of mercy. New Zealand laws gleaned this information from a release by Justice Minister Simon Power. Watson’s new team, headed by barrister Greg […]

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Budget To Focus On Deficit Reduction and Return To Surplus

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New Zealand laws is pleased to bring you this post on next week’s much anticipated budget which we can expect to lay the foundations for a credible path back to a surplus according to Minister of Finance Bill English. Government books released for public consumption confirm that for the 9 months to 31 March 2011 […]

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First Reading For Bill On Assaults On Police And Corrections Staff

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New Zealand Laws brings you this post on a Bill which once it passes into new laws will make an offence against either a Police officer or a Corrections officer an  aggravating factor when it comes to sentencing offenders. The Bill recently passed its first reading in Parliament. At present there is no requirement that […]

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Juries Amendment Bill Supported

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New Zealand laws is pleased to bring you this post which highlights that Justice Minister Simon Power has presented a Juries Amendment Bill to parliament which has received the unanimous support of all parties. The bill comes about as a result of a convicted murderer conducting his own trial defence using information he gleaned from […]

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Import Of Replica Firearms To Be Restricted

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Minister of Police Judith Collins introduced a bill to the house this week which, if passed into New Zealand laws will restrict the importing of airguns which resemble the real thing. In particular, the import of those which look like real pistols or military style semi automatic (MSSA) firearms would be restricted under the new […]

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Family Court Review

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New Zealand laws advises readers that there is to be a review of the Family Court and the terms of reference for that review were recently released by Justice Minister Simon Power. Of all the New Zealand courts, the Family Court was second busiest last year with just under 69,000 new applications. “The review will […]

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Temporary High Court Judge Appointment Made

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New Zealand laws brings you notice of the temporary appointment of Associate Judge John Faire as a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand. The appointment took effect from the 28th of February 2011. The Hon, Christopher Finlayson In making the announcement, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson said that the appointment would go through until 3 […]

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Net Wages Rising Faster Than Prices Says Government

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New Zealand laws is pleased to bring readers a recent statement from Minister of finance Bill English, who claimed in early February that New Zealanders’ after tax wages are still rising at a rate which is faster than prices are increasing. English claims that this reflects the value of the tax cuts announced in last […]

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Budget To Have Savings And Investment Focus

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New Zealand Laws brings you this post about the delivery of the budget, which Minister of Finance, The Hon. Bill English announced recently would be scheduled for May 19th.  Consistent with this government’s focus on saving and debt the budget will be looking to reduce our vulnerability to foreign debt and place increased emphasis on […]

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