9.00AM Welcome from the Chair
Rt Hon Sir Peter Blanchard, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand
9.10AM Understanding the new Land Transfer Act

The Land Transfer Act 2017, enacted on 10 July will modernise the paradigm of land and property transactions. This session not only explains the updates in detail, but also addresses the practical implications to help your conveyancing make a smooth transition.

Professor Elizabeth Toomey, University of Canterbury
* Elizabeth Toomey is General Editor of the Thomson Reuters publication New Zealand Land Law
9.55AM Methamphetamine: The health risks within our walls

Methamphetamine contamination is causing more headaches in the residential property market. In June 2017, Standards New Zealand issued new guidance on habitability, coupled with Government regulation as part of the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act. This session outlines the standards relating to methamphetamine and what it means for all relevant stakeholders involved in buying, selling and renting.

Nick Powell, Director, Forensic & Industrial Science
Lisa Gerrard, Chief Legal Officer, REINZ
11.00AM Unit Titles changes coming your way

The rise in apartment living, particularly in large urban centres, has necessitated changes to the management of unit titles. This session compacts all the proposed amendments currently going through Parliament, including changes to the existing disclosure regime, the 2017 regulations, body corporate governance and dispute resolution process.

Vesna Wells, Principal, Resolve
11.30AM Osaki and the future for tenants and landlords

In the wake of the Court of Appeal decision in Holler v Osaki, landlords have been bearing a large proportion of the costs and risks associated with damage caused by tenants. The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2017 aims to address that imbalance among many, all covered in this session.

Stewart Benson, Barrister and Tenancy Tribunal Adjudicator
12.10PM The changing nature of property and its management

The property management industry is undergoing significant change, including increasing regulatory environment for investors, recent and proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, and the impact of new technologies and new forms of "renting" in the changing world of property investment. This session analyses these changes and what it means for the future for the sector and its regulation.

Vesna Wells, Principal, Resolve
1.40PM Navigating the traps of property taxation

Taxation of property transactions have long been high in both complexity and value. This session will provide clarity on common practical issues new and old, including bright-line testing and Residential Land Withholding Tax, exceptions to the ‘own home’ rule and GST on sale & purchase agreements.

Pam Davidson, Barrister, Lambton Chambers
* Pam Davidson is the author of the Thomson Reuters publication Taxation of Property Transactions in New Zealand
2.15PM AML Phase 2 – new obligations for lawyers, conveyancers and real estate agencies

Phase 2 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism Act will bring lawyers, conveyancers, real estate agencies and many others into the compliance regime. Learn how to implement the full process into your firm, from risk assessment to customer due diligence, all the way through to suspicious transaction reporting.

Gary Hughes, Barrister, Akarana Chambers
3.20PM The Crown takes...

Recent adjustments to compensation for Public Works Act land acquisitions were aimed at increasing fairness. The compulsory acquisition process while remaining unchanged itself still causes controversy, especially when s 186 of the Resource Management Act is invoked. This session looks at property rights and compensation negotiations when private land is needed for public infrastructure.

Matthew Ockleston, Partner, Kensington Swan
4.00PM ...And the Crown disposes

At the other end disposals of surplus land has never been a clear-cut process. Particularly when involving Maori land taken years ago, significant changes to and transference for other projects are commonplace. Our final session examines these statutory conditions and exceptions with reference to case law.

Ken Palmer, Research Fellow, University of Auckland
* Ken Palmer is the author of the Thomson Reuters publication Local Authorities Law in New Zealand
4.40PM End of Conference

Date & Locations

Auckland, 29 November, SKYCITY Convention Centre

Christchurch, 30 November, Rydges Latimer

Early bird cost

$595 + GST
*Earlybird pricing closes 13 October 2017

Full Price

$650 + GST

Conference attendance earns 6 CPD Hours