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Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Australasia) Ltd v Royal Commission [2023] NZHC 3031
February 14, 2024
A religious organisation was unsuccessful in excluding itself from the scope of the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state and faith-based care.
Renee Jones v Nga Rangitahi Toa Creative Arts Imitative Trust
January 23, 2024
Renee Jones v Nga Rangitahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative Trust is a September 2022 decision and the latest word from the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), about when employers can rely on fixed-term employment agreements.
Re Harder [2023] NZHC 758
January 15, 2024
An advocate for Pike River families successfully sought access to privileged documents relating to the decision not to prosecute people involved in the mining disaster.
Woolworths New Zealand Ltd v Auckland Council [2023] NZSC 45
January 9, 2024
Two supermarkets appealed to the Supreme Court challenging the legality of a decision to uphold Auckland Council’s provisional local alcohol policy.
Holiday Shutdown 2023/24
December 20, 2023
Our office will be closed from Thursday 21 December 2023 - Sunday 7 January 2024.
Case Brief: Make It 16 Incorporated v Attorney-General [2022] NZSC 134
December 12, 2023
The Supreme Court granted Make It 16’s appeal for a declaration that the minimum voting age was inconsistent with the right to freedom from discrimination under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (“NZBORA”).
Eight tips for incorporating a society
November 30, 2023
Here are Franks Ogilvie’s top eight tips for starting a new society
Explainer: Coalition Agreements
November 22, 2023
It is common in New Zealand’s MMP system for a multiple political parties to need to enter into an arrangement to secure government. In order to form government, a political party must be able to demonstrate to the Governor-General that they have the confidence of House. Therefore, a party must be able to show they can get a majority of votes in a confidence motion, and to get a budget through parliament. To do this, the secure governing agreements with minor parties. These are often referred to as ‘coalition agreements’, but not all agreements between parties are actually coalition agreements.
New Zealand Loyal v Electoral Commission [2023] NZHC 2827
October 26, 2023
A political party sought an order requiring the Electoral Commission to accept candidate nominations after the statutory deadline had expired.

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