07 July 2020 - By Don RennieLAWTALK 941 Since 1974 when the common law right of accident victims to sue to recover damages for personal injury was abolished, the legal profession has shown very little interest in ensuring that the statutory ACC scheme adequately replaces com...
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The New Zealand Bar Association says the clearing house move is “a significant milestone for access to justice” but it also believes that it needs to be a part of the wider access for justice developments and not a replacement for legal aid. “The pro-bono clearing hous...
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The amount of money that helps fund Community Law Centres (CLCs) has dropped by $4 million in one year due to falling interest rates associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced that an additional $3.5 million will be provided to the 24...
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Due to COVID19 there have been many law changes.  For example to tenancy and employment law.  To stay up to date with these changes please 'follow' our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/Commu... PLEASE NOTE: Community Law Waikato services are still...
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About the Reforms

The reforms:*improve tenants’ security and stability while protecting landlords’ interests*ensure the law appropriately balances the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords and helps renters feel at home*modernise the legislation so it can respond to the cha...
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Share your opinion on the criminal justice system.Click on the link below to share your thoughts.https://yoursay.safeandeffectivejustice.govt.nz/safe-and-effective-justice...
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Judge Taumaunu Appointment

His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu’s appointment as Chief District Court Judge comes at a critical time for New Zealand’s justice system, according to Community Law Centres o Aotearoa(CLCA). “We welcome this appointment at a time when improved access to justice is despera...
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​30 Minute free Will discussion and a free 'Create your Will' web tool.

Tompkins Wake is offering a free no-obligation 30-minute Will discussion during the month of September. To arrange this, contact Scott Ratuki via scott.ratuki@tompkinswake.co.nz or 07 838 6002. Or try out Tompkins Wake’s new ‘Create your free Will’ web tool. Just go to...
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Protection Against Loan Sharks

September 4, 2019

New lending rules to protect consumers from loan sharks

“We know that many consumers are trapped in a cycle of debt, causing extreme hardship – and often, intergenerational poverty – for them and their families. This is an unacceptable situation and the Government is taking action to address it,” said the Minister of Comm...
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Protection for Tenants

August 27, 2019

Law Changes

New law changes protects tenants living in converted garages, sleep-outs, warehouses and industrial buildings.  This means the Landlord must make sure these buildings can legally be lived in and follow with the law regarding insulation and heating.Other law changes incl...
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