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November 26, 2015
We are focused on delivering the best client service possible and our team are the catalyst to that. As our business grows so does the team and we have had a number of new starters recently we’d like to introduce.Adam Grey has joined the team recently in our back office division helping…
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October 19, 2015
Almost a third of people won't have paid off their mortgages by the standard retirement age of 65, according to a shock bank report. A generation of "grey" borrowers face either working longer, using their KiwiSaver pot to pay off the debt, or hope equity in their homes will solve the problem by…
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October 15, 2015
Insight, Inspiration, ImpactA leader’s authority to lead emerges from the reach and breadth of his/her vision. Leaders see into the future and doing so they perceive an as yet unmanifest reality and report back their sightings with clarity and detail. The clarity and detail give rise to a new field…
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October 15, 2015
The principle of ‘caveat emptor’, or “let the buyer beware”, applies to buying property. Purchasers are always advised to complete their own thorough due diligence investigation before they buy.It is important however to remember that despite caveat emptor, the people involved in selling a property…
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October 15, 2015
Global markets are providing investors a rough ride at the moment, as the focus turns to China's economic outlook. But while falling markets can be worrisome, maintaining a longer-term perspective makes the volatility easier to handle.A typical response to unsettling markets is an emotional one. We…
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October 15, 2015
There are some things you need to do and know about before you go overseas to make sure your obligations and entitlements with us are sorted. What you need to think about depends on the amount of time you're away.The following are some of the things you need to consider before you go overseas. If…
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October 15, 2015
The IRD myIR Secure Online Service has had a makeover to make it easier and quicker for you to find what you're looking for. So when you next log in, myIR will look a little different.What has changed?The clearer look and layout of your myIR pages will make it easier and quicker for you to find what…
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October 15, 2015
The Commerce Commission is warning New Zealand small business owners of an invoicing scam undertaken through the post by a German company which operates a website called Corporate Portal New Zealand.Business owners have been approached to update their business details with the Corporate Portal and…
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October 15, 2015
You may think you are not tax resident in the New Zealand but the Inland Revenue Department may not agree with you.An individual retains tax residency in New Zealand if they have a permanent place of abode in New Zealand, irrespective the amount of time they are physically present in the country.…
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October 15, 2015
Compliance ChecklistIf your business is a registered company, a law change means you must have a director who lives in New Zealand – or who lives in Australia and is a director of an Australian registered company – by 28 October. You’ll also need to provide some extra information about directors…
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August 26, 2015
The Government announced proposed new rules for the sale of residential property in the budget.Broadly speaking the proposal is to introduce a “bright line” test that assumes residential property sold within two years of purchase was purchased with the intention of resale. The proposed application…
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August 20, 2015
In 1962 Thomas Kuhn, historian of science, published his seminal work: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. He wrote that: periodically a visionary arises and opens a new field of exploration. The new field attracts those who would implement the visionary’s theories and begin to work out the…
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August 20, 2015
Online auction websites (like TradeMe) can be an easy stepping-stone towards starting or growing a business. The systems are already in place and there are relatively few barriers to entry. As with any business it is important to be aware of your rights and obligations. Typically, running a business…
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August 20, 2015
From what can be protected by trade mark registration, to why register a trade mark, Solicitor Sarah Rosanowski details the top tips for securing your brand name.What is a trade mark?A trade mark is a sign which indicates that goods or services come from a particular person or company. This is…
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August 20, 2015
Simplifying tax – what’s in it for New Zealand?The transformation of New Zealand's revenue system into a modern customer-centric public service is set to deliver significant benefits to New Zealand. A revenue service that is fit for the future is high on the Government's business growth agenda. From…
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August 20, 2015
In the July issue we introduced you to the concept of using insurance premiums to pay off yours or someone else’s student loan. Here is how the concept works:“Tammy has been a secondary school teacher for three years. Her student loan is slowly reducing thru her monthly salary deductions. In a…
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August 20, 2015
Can you dismiss an employee for excessive internet use? The answer is yes, but not a simple yes.I read a summary of a recent case where an employee was dismissed for blatantly excessive Internet use but the dismissal was held to be unjustified. From what I can gather, the main problem was that the…
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August 20, 2015
The recent severe volatility in China's share markets has raised questions among many investors about the causes of the fall and about the wider implications for the global economy and markets generally.The Shanghai Composite index, the mainland stock market barometer and one dominated…
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July 23, 2015
In the last issue we suggested that you consider your accountant as the cornerstone contact for your estate planning. This is surprising for some, as estate planning is a service that is almost universally considered the exclusive domain of your solicitor.While your solicitor certainly has an…
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July 23, 2015
You may find that when you have been paid for goods or services by a company, which goes into liquidation, a liquidator requests that you repay some or all of that money. A recent Supreme Court case makes it easier for you to resist a demand from a liquidator in that regard, though you could still…
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