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Case brief: Parore v Attorney-General [2023] NZHC 1010
July 11, 2024
A real-estate agent was awarded more than $75,000 in Baigent damages because his fair trial rights were breached during an Inland Revenue tax investigation.
Case brief: Feed Families Not Pokies Aotearoa Inc v Secretary of Internal Affairs [2024] NZHC 217
June 27, 2024
A non-profit organisation successfully applied for a declaration that a non-statutory process that allowed pokie machine operators to relocate was unlawful under the Gambling Act 2003.
Case brief: Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Australasia) Ltd v Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith Based Institutions [2024] NZCA 128
May 24, 2024
The Court of Appeal declined to make a declaration excluding the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith from the Royal Commission into abuse in state and faith-based care.
Local Government Standing Orders - Advice on the LGNZ Guide
May 23, 2024
In August 2022, Local Government New Zealand released its template document “The guide to LGNZ standing orders: He aratohu i te anga tikanga whakahaere hui a LGNZ”. This document is meant to guide councils on updating their standing orders, which LGNZ encourages them to do following a local body election. Franks Ogilvie has examined whether this Guide reflects the legal obligations of local authorities.
Case Brief: Smith v Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd
May 6, 2024
An iwi leader successfully appealed a decision striking out his climate-change based tort claims against several major greenhouse gas emitters.
Better Public Media Trust v Attorney-General [2023] NZCA 553
May 3, 2024
Better Public Media Trust (“Trust”) applied to be a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005. Their application was denied by the Charities Registration Board (“Board”), and a subsequent appeal to the High Court was dismissed. The Trust successfully appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal.
Explainer: Employment Law Changes
April 29, 2024
The change of government means new priorities and standards for New Zealand’s employment law. This Explainer outlines some of the changes that have been implemented already, and the changes that employers can expect.
Submission: Fast Track Approvals Bill
April 22, 2024
The Government has introduced the Fast Track Approvals Bill. Franks Ogilvie made a select committee submission particularly focusing on the privative clauses (or limits thereof).
Explainer: Charities Amendment Act 2023
April 16, 2024
In 2023, the Charities Act 2005 was amended. Some changes are already in place but others come into force in early July 2024.

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