9.00AM Welcome from the organisers
Rt Hon Sir Peter Blanchard, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand
9.10AM Minister Address
Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of Housing and Urban Development
9.30AM Overseas Investment Act: Implications of the changes to the foreign investment regime in NZ

The Overseas Investment Amendment Act came in to force on October 22. This session examines the Act and the proposed second stage review, covering implications for when consent is required and the exemption of certain transactions. The session will also look at further changes to be expected and the implications for lawyers and banks.

Andrew Petersen, Partner, Bell Gully
Glenn Shewan
Special Counsel, Bell Gully
10.10AM What lessons can NZ learn as the UK moves towards regulation of the private rented sector?

The PRS (private rented sector) is now the second biggest form of housing tenure in the UK and expected to increase. The challenge, argues Frank Webster, is for both government and industry professionals and practitioners to collaborate and develop it into a more mature market offering good value for money together with security of tenure and homes which are let in good order. With the many challenges and similarities in respect of housing between our two countries Frank will highlight 10 changes he believes could help solve key issues that face our respective industries through ‘excellence, enforcement and education’.

Frank Webster, Frank is the former Vice-Chairman of one of the UK’s leading multi-award winning property letting & management agencies Finders Keepers and currently offers consultancy advice and is a Trusted Advisor with The Property Academy UK
11.10AM The early days of the new Land Transfer Act 2017

The Land Transfer Act 2017 came into force on 12 November 2018. This session serves as a refresher for the areas of uncertainty in the Act that will have a significant impact for practitioners.

Professor Elizabeth Toomey, University of Canterbury
Elizabeth Toomey is the general editor and co-author of the Thomson Reuters publication New Zealand Land Law ( 3 ed, 2017)
11.45AM Healthy Homes Guarantee Act - Proposed Healthy Homes standards to improve the quality of rental properties

The regulations containing the Healthy Homes standards must be in place by 1 July 2019. Landlords are one step closer to knowing the minimum standards their rental properties will have to meet with the release of the Government’s proposals for them. The proposed standards that are intended to make rental properties warmer and drier. The proposed standards will set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping in residential rental properties.

David Faulkner, Director and Consultant, Real iQ
12.20PM Unit Titles Act 2010: what can go wrong and improving the unit title sector in NZ in a growing market

This session covers the impact of recent cases on the unit title landscape. John will draw upon this experience as a court appointed Administrator and his involvement in body corporate disputes Meemelink and Maiden and recent repair cases Gu v Body Corporate 211747 and Body Corporate199380 v Cook. The session will consider the latest thinking on reforms over governance; disclosure; repairs/earthquake strengthening and what to do about dysfunctional bodies corporate.

John Greenwood, Consultant, Greenwood Roche
1.45PM Residential Tenancies Act Reform

Have the general obligations that tenants and landlords have remain fit for purpose? The session will cover the proposed overhaul of tenancy laws and includes:

  • Why the perceived need for reform?
  • What are the proposed reforms?
  • Changes to terminations and more
Daniel Kelleher, Partner, Buddle Findlay
2.20PM Airbnb and short-term rentals – legal status update

Accommodation platforms such as Airbnb facilitate the short-term rental of homes and apartments in NZ. The session will cover the current situation in NZ and trends from overseas regulation of Airbnb. Contentious issues including tenancy and leases, body corporate regulations, and local government planning and zoning. Also, to be discussed are the implications for damages, liability and taxation.

David Fraundorfer, Partner, Holland Beckett
3.20PM Navigating the traps of property taxation -- tax issues for property dealers, developers and builders

Property dealers, developers and builders face tax issues on potentially every transaction they undertake. Furthermore, their activities may taint transactions undertaken by parties related to them. The circumstances that can render a transaction liable to tax can be complex, this session will provide clarity on matters such as when "one-off" subdivisions are taxable, the differing applications of the 10-year rule, the associated persons rules, the "own home" exemptions and when such exemptions will not apply and more.

Pam Davidson, Barrister, Lambton Chambers
Pam Davidson is the author of the Thomson Reuters publication Taxation of Property Transactions in New Zealand
4.00PM Commercial Lease agreements – tips and tricks

The session will cover understanding and drafting commercial lease agreements, including the ins and outs of outgoings, common reinstatement issues and current hot topics such as health and safety and asbestos management. Amanda will also look at how to best manage lease disputes when they arise and recent case law.

Amanda Spratt, Senior Associate, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Date & Venue

Auckland: 19 March 2019
Stamford Plaza Hotel

Early bird cost

$595 + GST
*Early bird closes Friday 1 February 2019

Full Price

$650 + GST

Conference attendance earns 6 CPD points


For any event enquiries please email or phone 09 361 8925