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A competitive property market can pressure purchasers into entering agreements without legal advice.
  • April 17, 2024
This article sets out why we recommended that a trust has an independent trustee.
  • April 8, 2024
If you’re selling a property which is currently tenanted, there are a number of things to consider.
  • March 25, 2024
Consents set to be fast-tracked for major projects.
  • March 11, 2024
What is the difference between an unconditional agreement and a conditional agreement?
  • March 4, 2024
Thinking about buying your first home? Do you find this idea overwhelming & not sure where to start?
  • February 19, 2024
You may have a Will in place but what about Enduring Powers of Attorney?
  • February 16, 2024
A summary of the recent Immigration New Zealand updates.
  • February 8, 2024
A snapshot of some of the important changes in employment relations that have occurred in 2023.
  • December 18, 2023
A new government brings change & it's likely we'll see further changes to “bright-line” tax rules.
  • December 14, 2023
On 5 October 2023, the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 came into force. What does this mean for you?
  • November 14, 2023
Residential building contracts cover a wide range of topics, issues, and circumstances.
  • October 30, 2023
Following separation, you may be entitled to claim spousal maintenance.
  • October 26, 2023
Are you a first home buyer, purchasing land and intending to build?
  • October 11, 2023
Changes to immigration policies create new conditions for those with a Partner of a Worker Work Visa
  • October 4, 2023
Social perceptions about cannabis are shifting. How does this social change play out in workplaces?
  • October 4, 2023
An Occupation Right Agreement (“ORA”) is a contract between a resident and a retirement village.
  • October 3, 2023
The Government announces new policy changes to increase protection & support for migrant workers.
  • September 27, 2023
A review into INZ's policies and processes has led to changes for out of hours compliance visits.
  • September 25, 2023
A Will is a safeguard for anyone, at any age, to ensure their estate is dealt with as they wish.
  • September 20, 2023
New changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa come into effect in November 2023.
  • September 8, 2023
Research commissioned this year indicates that 65% of NZ parents and guardians do not have a Will.
  • September 7, 2023
Election 2023: 90-day trial periods.
  • September 4, 2023
On 24 August 23, QLDC notified the Urban Intensification Variation to the Proposed District Plan.
  • August 25, 2023
We discuss some of the key elements of a lawful restructure and what employers need to know.
  • July 19, 2023
Two procedures which can drastically shorten the length and cost of court proceedings.
  • July 14, 2023
Changes to the timeframes - what employers need to know and review in employment agreements.
  • July 10, 2023
QLDC is developing its next spatial plan and has an open consultation 'call for urban growth sites.
  • July 3, 2023
QLDC variation could potentially raise building height limits in the Queenstown-Lakes district.
  • June 22, 2023
What are service tenancies and could they work for you?
  • June 6, 2023
Amendments to the Fair Trading Act 1986 (Act) place new obligations on businesses.
  • June 2, 2023
Discharges without conviction. What are they?
  • May 26, 2023
Median wage exemption for bus drivers and transport sector residence applications to open.
  • April 28, 2023
Congratulations to Laura Jackson and Natasha Edwards for recent promotions in the admin team.
  • April 17, 2023
Important factors to consider if you are buying or selling a property with unconsented work.
  • April 10, 2023
We congratulate Jessica Weinberg on her promotion to Senior Associate.
  • April 3, 2023
The adult minimum wage is set to increase by $1.50 on 1 April 2023, to $22.70 gr
  • March 17, 2023
What are employee share schemes and how could they be a useful tool for your business strategy.
  • March 14, 2023
A summary of the recent Immigration New Zealand updates affecting several visa catergories.
  • March 6, 2023
There are avenues for assistance for migrants on temporary visas in vulnerable positions.
  • February 27, 2023
A recent High Court decision has awarded a couple over $270,000 for a negligent council inspection.
  • February 17, 2023
There are several strategies that may prevent you from losing your top employees.
  • February 2, 2023
In uncertain economic times, businesses should have a solid workplace legal team behind them.
  • January 25, 2023
Joining our property and commercial team, we welcome Hannah English to the team as an Associate.
  • December 19, 2022
There are some key things to consider when separating from a partner, we have outlined them.
  • December 9, 2022
We are delighted to share the promotion of Gemma Beckman-Cross to Senior Associate.
  • December 1, 2022
Joining our property and commercial team, we welcome Jesse Thurlow to the team as a Solicitor.
  • December 1, 2022
TODD & WALKER Law has been awarded the 2022 Fast Firms award by NZ Lawyer.
  • November 23, 2022
Joining our litigation team as a Solicitor, Mackenzie specialises in family law and criminal defence
  • November 1, 2022
Public submissions open for the QLDC proposed Inclusionary Zoning Plan Change.
  • October 14, 2022
Parent Resident Visa Category reopens, and the Skilled Migrant Visa Category reopens.
  • October 12, 2022
Green list based residence pathways, diving into the Immigration New Zealand requirements.
  • September 12, 2022
A variation to the Proposed District plan could see a new property development tax imposed.
  • August 19, 2022
QLDC public notification of Variations to the Proposed District Plan, how to make a submission.
  • July 27, 2022
Active Investor Plus Visa Category announced, replacing Investor Plus and Investor 2 Visa categories
  • July 21, 2022
We are excited to introduce Robbie Bryant as the newest member employment law team.
  • July 11, 2022
Thinking of buying property in New Zealand, what are the rules concerning overseas persons?
  • June 22, 2022
Changes to tax reporting obligations for trusts - have you spoken to your accountant?
  • June 15, 2022
Recent changes to INZ polices, new visa accreditations and what the border reopening hopes to bring.
  • June 2, 2022
Increases to the Kāinga Ora first home grant could mean more first home buyers can access the grant.
  • May 27, 2022
A summary of the Agreement for Sale and Purchase for Village Works Quarters, Jacks Point.
  • May 20, 2022
Thinking of buying your first home? You could be able to use your KiwiSaver savings towards this.
  • May 13, 2022
Building a home is an exciting project but you should always review your build contract.
  • May 6, 2022
As the cost of building increases, is your home insured for today's actual replacement cost?
  • April 22, 2022
The details of the new employer accreditation scheme have been released by Immigration New Zealand.
  • April 11, 2022
We are very proud to announce the promotions of Sarah Ogilvie, Laura McPhail and Megan Waller.
  • April 6, 2022
The Tourism Kick-Start Fund will be available from 1 April 2022 as part of the Government’s Tourism
  • March 21, 2022
Early border re-opening, is your business recruitment and visa ready to onboard critical new staff?
  • March 16, 2022
We are very proud to introduce our newest Associate and key member of our litigation team, Ella Coll
  • March 10, 2022
In the lead up to the Phase 2 opening date of 1 March 2022, INZ have released information to assist
  • February 25, 2022
Long-awaited amendments to the Holidays Act 2003 are due to be introduced in mid-2022.
  • February 21, 2022
Some who are eligible to apply for Phase 2 of the 2021 Resident Visa category can now apply early.
  • February 17, 2022
TODD & WALKER Law are proud to welcome Joshua Bijl to the property and commercial team.
  • February 11, 2022
The Government has released its five-step plan to reopen New Zealand borders, what you need to know.
  • February 3, 2022
Can an employer require employees to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering the workplace?
  • February 1, 2022
Hetish is an immigration law specialist and joins us as Special Counsel in immigration.
  • January 24, 2022
Are you thinking of building house? Things to review in a fixed price contract.
  • January 17, 2022
The removal of minimum car parking requirements, major changes for property development.
  • January 4, 2022
TODD & WALKER Law has appointed Ben King as its first Wānaka-based partner.
  • December 13, 2021
TODD & WALKER Law have teamed up with EASI NZ, Central Youth and Ignite Wanaka.
  • December 8, 2021
Enduring Powers of Attorney, what are they are why do you need one?
  • December 3, 2021
Leaving a relationship can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where
  • November 26, 2021
At TODD & WALKER Law we are committed to helping local businesses navigate t
  • November 15, 2021
In the mid-1950s, developers keen to work around subdivision regulations and a
  • November 12, 2021
A Contracting Out Agreement, also known as a pre-nup, is a written agreement tha
  • November 2, 2021
Wanaka Primary Schools fabulous cookbook “Bite” launched on Friday 29 Octob
  • October 29, 2021
The Government is proposing changes to the bright-line property rules relating t
  • October 15, 2021
Attention First Home Buyers - New assistance announced Are you a first home buy
  • October 7, 2021
Do you have children from a previous relationship? Have you made sure that you h
  • September 17, 2021
If you die without a Will, dying intestate, who receives your estate varies depe
  • September 8, 2021
Our Queenstown and Wanaka offices are open again under Level 2 from tomorrow, We
  • September 7, 2021
You might think you’re too young to have a Will, it’s something for older pe
  • September 1, 2021
Finished those pesky jobs around the house already this lockdown and wondering
  • August 23, 2021
Updated 23 August 2021For businesses who have been adversely affected by the Gov
  • August 23, 2021
Is your business ready? From 24 July 2021, employees will be entitled to ten day
  • July 22, 2021
With house prices steadily rising, it is becoming more common for first home pur
  • June 2, 2021
As part of a major housing announcement today, the Government announced the brig
  • March 23, 2021
Yesterday the Valuer General deferred the revaluation of Queenstown Lakes Distr
  • February 11, 2021
The Pfiser-BioNTECH COVID-19 vaccine was provisionally approved in New Zealand o
  • February 9, 2021
It is important to take advice about all aspects of buying and selling a busine
  • February 1, 2021
The Trusts Act 2019 has been enacted and comes into force on 30 January 2021. T
  • January 28, 2021
Why is obtaining a Land Information Memorandum from your local council before purchasing important?
  • December 11, 2020
TODD & WALKER Law are very proud to post our congratulations to Principal M
  • November 12, 2020
Privacy laws apply to every organisation and governs how individuals and busines
  • November 6, 2020
An invitation by your employer to a disciplinary meeting can be a daunting pros
  • October 30, 2020
An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) is a legal document that will enable others
  • October 23, 2020
If so, it is now time for you to review your trust in light of new legislation.
  • August 24, 2020
Today, 24 July 2020, the Minister for Housing and Urban Development announced a
  • July 24, 2020
The TODD & WALKER Law Resource Management team has received three successful
  • July 22, 2020
With the disruptions caused by COVID-19, many businesses have been pulling out t
  • July 1, 2020
Employers in New Zealand need to brace for further changes as the Employment Rel
  • June 17, 2020
Business Debt HibernationThe Business Debt Hibernation Scheme is a new Governmen
  • June 9, 2020
Amendments to the Overseas Investment Act (Act) (often referred to as the Phase
  • June 3, 2020
At TODD & WALKER Law we have been so impressed by the amazing products and s
  • May 28, 2020
The Minister for the Environment has proposed a special legislation to support t
  • May 13, 2020
One of our new Principals, Peter Sygrove, with his daughter Sage, introduces him
  • April 24, 2020
COVID-19 will undoubtedly have had a significant impact on businesses in the Que
  • April 22, 2020
TODD & WALKER Law are proud to offer services that are registered with the M
  • April 16, 2020
Louise Denton, one of our new Principals, has been embracing the Level 4 lockdow
  • April 9, 2020
The Government introduced urgent legislation on Monday 23 March, placing a freez
  • April 3, 2020
We have a very exciting announcement at TODD & WALKER LawTODD & WALKER L
  • April 1, 2020
During the Level 4 lockdown period, a state of emergency has been declared, and
  • March 31, 2020
Should directors of companies be protected to enable a company to be able to tra
  • March 30, 2020
With the rapidly changing impact of COVID-19 and the associated government respo
  • March 25, 2020
The Christchurch District Court has finally tackled the age-old question of what
  • February 24, 2020
A statutory demand is a means by which a creditor gives notice to a debtor compa
  • February 19, 2020
A timely reminder to ensure all purchasers are compliant with the Overseas Inves
  • February 11, 2020
Bachcare has been fined $117,000 for misleading consumers. The holiday rental ma
  • February 3, 2020
It is common for parents to help their children into the property market by gift
  • January 23, 2020
The Government’s proposal to introduce new requirements under the Residential
  • January 14, 2020
Following a consultation process earlier this year, Associate Finance Minister D
  • November 20, 2019
Canterbury Regional Council v Dewhirst Land Company Ltd A Canterbury farmer, Mr
  • November 1, 2019
TODD & WALKER Law are now located on Level 2 of the stunning new Craigs Inve
  • October 22, 2019
Direct Referral of Resource Consent Applications to the Environment CourtThe ove
  • September 18, 2019
Recently, we have noticed an increase in charges for “drug driving”. This of
  • July 2, 2019
Having a will is an important way to ensure that your assets, including any Kiwi
  • June 20, 2019
Disqualifications are mandatory with excess breath/blood alcohol, dangerous/reck
  • May 20, 2019
Todd & Walker Law is pleased to announce the promotion of two new Senior Ass
  • April 8, 2019
Recent and upcoming changes to employment law mean you need to review your emplo
  • April 1, 2019
Is it your first time in the Queenstown District Court?We always recommend that
  • February 20, 2019
The Overseas Investment Amendment Regulations 2018, which came into force in Oct
  • February 12, 2019
The Independent Commissioners appointed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council
  • February 5, 2019
The importance of having your employees on the correct contracts and knowing the
  • February 1, 2019
The Queenstown Lakes District Council Proposed District Plan is in the final sta
  • February 1, 2019
The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 was passed on 5 December 2018 and co
  • January 18, 2019
Drink driving and the recent "Alcohol interlock" legislation update:The Alcohol
  • January 14, 2019
Separation and Relationship PropertyWhen we have clients, who are uneasy about h
  • January 7, 2019
As of 1 April 2019, The Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Bill will impos
  • December 10, 2018
We note there has been new releases from Shotover Country and Hanley's Farm thi
  • November 28, 2018
Land Information New Zealand has started to release the new consent forms for th
  • October 17, 2018
The signing stage is one of the most vital steps in the process of creating a va
  • October 3, 2018
Purchasing a home is one of the most important things you will do in your life.
  • September 24, 2018
Selling your home can be both exciting and stressful. TODD & WALKER Law  ha
  • September 18, 2018
The Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2018 has now received Royal Assent and wi
  • September 17, 2018
It has been reported that in New Zealand there are between 300,000 and 500,000 f
  • August 31, 2018
Hanley’s Farm (the “development”) is located on a 3-kilometre stretch of l
  • August 22, 2018
The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading.The Bill
  • August 16, 2018
The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill is currently going through the Committee
  • August 13, 2018
 The Queenstown Lakes District Council (Council) as part of its Proposed Distri
  • July 17, 2018
Client Due Diligence - Why we need information from youFrom 1 July 2018, TODD &a
  • June 20, 2018
The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee presented its report on the Oversea
  • June 19, 2018
TODD & WALKER Law are proud to acknowledge we have adopted the Gender Equita
  • April 12, 2018
Alexis Apartments (the “Development”) is a proposed unit title development l
  • April 9, 2018
In assessing applications for resource consent the Council often delegates autho
  • March 22, 2018
In the recent Supreme Court ruling in Horsfall v Potter, the Court looked at the
  • February 14, 2018
As the construction industry continues to boom in Queenstown, it is important th
  • December 13, 2017