Fish hooks in the CCA Amendments to retentions

As part of the long-awaited amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (‘CCA’), there are going to be significant changes to the way retention sums are dealt with. In the latest issue of Contractor Magazine, Stuart Robertson and Ariana Stuart of Kensington Swan’s construction law team discuss important changes to the CCA regarding retentions and whether provisions…

Construction Contracts Amendment Act passes

Over two years after the bill was first introduced to Parliament, the Construction Contracts Amendment Act has passed. The majority of the Act comes into force on 1 December 2015, with the following provisions brought into force at later dates: 1 September 2016: Amendments to the meaning of construction work to also include design, engineering and quantity surveying…

Construction Contracts Act amendments pass third reading

The Construction Contracts Amendment Bill has had its third reading and is now pending assent from the Governor General. The bill is attached. Two key areas to look out for are: the amendments to the meaning of construction work to include design, engineering  and QS work performed in NZ and which will come into force…

Are we any closer to a risk-based consenting regime?

The Building Amendment Act 2012 contains provisions that overhaul our current building consent processes, prescribing a ‘risk-based consenting’ regime allowing for four different types of consent: low risk, residential, standard, and commercial. These provisions are still not in force.  The Government’s ‘Loopy rules report: New Zealanders tell their stories’ proposes that the current building consent…

Employment Relations Amendment Act 2013

The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2013 passed its third reading on 30 October 2014 and will come into force in the next few days. Employers have only four months to implement the changes. These include – rest and meal breaks, industrial action restrictions, good faith requirements, extension of flexible working arrangements and continuity of employment…