Daniel and Lucy set up a family trust ten years ago and transferred their family home to it. They had been gifting $27,000 each per year to reduce the loan from them to the trust that arose from the transfer of the property to the trust. After the abolition of gift duty in 2011, they gifted the whole amount remaining in one lump sum. They presumed they had therefore completed… Continue reading
An elderly Kuia told her whangai daughter that she wanted her to have some of her Maori land interests when she died, and that she had made provision for this in her Will.
The elderly Kuia died, leaving a Will, which made mention of her various Maori land interests going to her natural child, and also to her whangai daughter by name.
Unfortunately the Will made no mention… Continue reading
There are regular news reports about claimant groups throughout the country entering and moving through the Treaty settlement process… all with a view to negotiating the best settlement package possible for their claimant group. Is your group one of them?
Getting started on the negotiations path requires preparation. The following are some key tips to assist your group. You need to:
- Have a claim registered with the
A committee member of a Māori Incorporation found herself in a difficult situation recently. Considering herself to be honest and unbiased person, she was not worried by the fact that she had taken part in discussions before the committee regarding a proposal which could see her farm machinery business receiving a contract with the Incorporation. It was clearly the most cost effective offer for the incorporation, so why should it… Continue reading
An employee who worked as a supervisor has had his personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal rejected by the Employment Relations Authority.
The employee resigned after the employer sent him a letter regarding issues surrounding his work performance.
The ERA found that the employee failed to raise an unjustified dismissal grievance within 90 days of his employment ending and did not properly inform the employer of what the… Continue reading
An employee who worked as a labourer and was made redundant has had his personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal upheld by the Employment Relations Authority.
The ERA held that the business was not undergoing a genuine restructuring as the employer failed to make available financial and other information supporting the restructure. The ERA found that the employee was the only person to be made redundant, and noted that… Continue reading
An employee who worked as a project manager has had his personal grievance claim for wage arrears rejected by the Employment Relations Authority.
The employee had a causal individual employment agreement and recorded his daily tasks in a personal diary. He would then email the hours he worked to his employer each week.
The ERA held that the employee was not entitled to claim 58 hours of work… Continue reading
An employee who worked as a long haul truck driver has had his personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal upheld by the Employment Relations Authority.
The employer dismissed the employee after he physically assaulted a staff member of its only customer, who then barred him from their premises.
The ERA held that the employment contract was not frustrated by the serious misconduct as the employer could still act… Continue reading
An employee who worked as a Service Technician has had his personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal upheld by the Employment Relations Authority.
The employee was due to attend a disciplinary meeting concerning lateness and unauthorised absence, when his friend (who was acting as his support person) stole a bar fridge which he had left outside his work premises. The employee was then dismissed for orchestrating the theft.… Continue reading
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