Defamation law in New Zealand

Defamation in New Zealand is governed by the Defamation Act 1992 and by a body of developed case law. Defamation is an area of law that is designed to protect a person’s reputation from unfair and unjustifiable attacks. Defamation requires a fine balance between the protection of reputation and the freedom of expression as contained…

Understanding legal boundaries for making discounting and promotional claims

Retailers should remain aware of their obligations under the Fair Trading Act 1986 when setting prices and promotions for their products and ensure they have in place a successful long term pricing strategy that is also compliant. Price comparisons can give consumers helpful information and can promote competition among retailers. However, when deciding on pricing,…

Crafting a Smart Credit Policy

Most businesses appreciate that a customer’s purchasing decisions may hinge on the provision of credit. Consequently, most businesses offer some form of credit to their customers. Those that don’t, risk losing customers to competitors.   On the other hand, credit costs a business in many ways such as the cost of borrowing that money, administrative…

Notification to the Overseas Investment Office for Sale of Businesses

New Zealand recognises the importance of welcoming sustainable, productive and inclusive overseas investment.  The corresponding responsibility to supervise and control this has been recognised in legislation since the early 1970s.  In 2005 the Overseas Investment Act required consent from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) for any business sale resulting in greater than 25% ownership of…