The proposal to partner Immigration New Zealand with the Immigration Professionals Industry should not proceed any further, the New Zealand Law Society says. Immigration New Zealand’s Potential Industry Partnership between INZ and the Immigration Professionals Industry discussion document encompasses INZ’s Vision 2015 of moving to an operating model based on... More about Immigration partnership proposal should not proceed, Law Society says.
Justice Minister says crime rate lowest since 1978 (23 July 2014)
Justice Minister Judith Collins has released the latest figures for four of the justice sector’s Better Public Services targets. The justice sector BPS targets – which use June 2011 crime levels as a baseline – aim for a 15% reduction in total crime, and a 25% reduction in youth crime... More about Justice Minister says crime rate lowest since 1978.
More information required for varied EM bail conditions (23 July 2014)
The Ministry of Justice says it needs additional information in applications to vary the conditions for Electronically Monitored Bail. The amended Notice to Vary Bail Conditions application form requires the proposed new address along with details of the occupants and consent for Corrections to obtain further information from agencies. If... More about More information required for varied EM bail conditions .
Dunedin interim court contractor confirmed (22 July 2014)
Courts Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the announcement of a South Island building company as the main contractor in the next stage of the Dunedin Court complex’s refurbishment. Amalgamated Builders Construction Ltd will undertake the work on the 184 High St building that provides further courtrooms with support and custodial... More about Dunedin interim court contractor confirmed.
Standards and Accreditation Bill introduced (22 July 2014)
Commerce Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the introduction of the Standards and Accreditation Bill, which will align the development and delivery of New Zealand Standards, he says. “Standards play a key role in sectors such as construction and energy safety. They create confidence in products and underpin health and safety... More about Standards and Accreditation Bill introduced.
Coroners constrained in options, says study (18 July 2014)
A study by the University of Otago has concluded that the preventive and patient safety potential of coroners' recommendations is not being maximised due to "serious systemic issues and under-resourcing". The research looked at 607 coronial inquiries in the period from July 2007 to June 2012. It also included 123... More about Coroners constrained in options, says study.
Youth Crime Action Plan Advisory Group members named (18 July 2014)
Eight people have been appointed in augural members of the new Youth Crime Action Plan Advisory Group. The group will provide advice to Ministers in the area of youth justice to support implementation of the government's Youth Crime Action Plan. The inaugural members are Dr Ian Lambie (Associate Professor of... More about Youth Crime Action Plan Advisory Group members named.
Unsigned will declared to be valid (17 July 2014)
The High Court has used section 14 of the Wills Act 2007 to declare a will to be valid despite it being unsigned for over eight years from creation until death of the testator. Mr Kenneth Gray died on 22 April 2013 aged 88 years. He had executed a will... More about Unsigned will declared to be valid.
FMA provides more guidance on AML/CFT reporting by AFAs (17 July 2014)
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) says it has published additional guidance to help Authorised Financial Advisers (AFAs) provide the correct information when preparing the annual Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) report. All reporting entities must prepare an annual report on their risk assessment and compliance programme under section 60... More about FMA provides more guidance on AML/CFT reporting by AFAs.
Single business number use by end of 2017 (17 July 2014)
All key government agencies that work regularly with businesses will be required to recognise and use the new New Zealand Business Number by the end of 2017, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says. Mr Joyce says the government plans to introduce legislation "early in the next term" that will confirm... More about Single business number use by end of 2017.