On 4 November 2019 the Court of Appeal concluded in a controversial decision that regional councils can use the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to control fishing in the coastal marine area.
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Ally McEldowney becomes President of the local branch of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives
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Holland Beckett Law are once again sponsoring the BOP Sportswoman of the Year award for 2019

The long-awaited Trusts Act 2019 (Act) has arrived! The Act aims to update trust law and make the law accessible to all (not just lawyers). 

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the Canterbury Regional Council’s appeal of the High Court’s decision on how to find the “bed” of a river under the Resource Management Act 1991.

On 5 September 2019 the Government released the long-awaited package of freshwater reforms. The Action for Healthy Waterways package seeks to stop the degradation of New Zealand waterways and restore them to a healthy state. 

The official closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm. However, submissions will be accepted for a further two weeks beyond that date, until 31 October 2019.

The Government released its proposals for freshwater management reform on 5 September 2019, including a consultation draft of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.  

The official closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm. However, submissions will be accepted for a further two weeks beyond that date, until 31 October 2019.

The Ministry for the Environment have released proposed regulations to exclude stock from waterways.  

The official closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm. However, submissions will be accepted for a further two weeks beyond that date, until 31 October 2019.

The month of August has seen a flurry of activity coming from the Ministry for the Environment, with its proposed National Policy Statement (NPS) on Urban Development being released hot on the heels of the proposed NPS for Highly Productive Land. 

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If you do not have the means to pay privately for a lawyer you may qualify for legal aid.

The Government launched yesterday its overhaul of the Resource Management Act 1991 which, as described by Hon David Parker, “takes too long, costs too much and has not protected the environment”. 

The Productivity Commission, an independent Crown entity, has released its draft report on local government funding and financing