2020 has seen significant changes for the resource management framework in New Zealand, with more substantial changes on the horizon.

On 18 August 2020, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced additional funding for a targeted extension of the Wage Subsidy Scheme.

The COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-Track Consenting) Bill aims to bypass the Resource Management Act 1991 in order to speed up the consenting process for projects.

On 14 May 2020 the Finance Minister announced additional funding of up to $3.2 billion for a targeted extension of the Wage Subsidy Scheme.

Holland Beckett

The health, safety and wellbeing of our team, communities and clients is of the highest concern to Holland Beckett Law. Consequently, we take very seriously the guidelines and policies put into place by the Ministry of Health and Government, whilst at the same time trying to be flexible and responsive to the needs of all our clients and staff.

The proposed COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill throws more light on what the fast-track consenting process will look like.  Central and local government projects look to be the major beneficiary of the proposal, with other projects needing to be selected against eligibility criteria in order to qualify.

The Ministry of Justice has released new guidance for parenting arrangements while NZ is at Alert Level 3.

A speedy cost effective procedure to deal with disputes over rent abatement.

The Bill would amend the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 - its purpose to reduce complexity, increase certainty, and reinstate public participation opportunities.

Commercial & Business Law

With New Zealand in a Lockdown situation, Emergency Clauses have come under scrutiny.  Do they apply while NZ is at COVID-19 Alert Levels 4 and 3?

On 3 April 2020, the Minister of Finance announced proposed changes to the Companies Act to protect companies affected by the Covid-19.