July 2016


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News from the Manager                                 July 2016

Kia ora, Kia Orana, Bula Vinaka, Talofa Lava

Where has the summer gone! 

July 1st is a new year for Community Law in terms of reporting and meeting targets set by our funders the Ministry of Justice.  The past year saw us reach our targets at the ¾ mark, so the level of clients needing our assistance has increased significantly - most likely this will be the same for all the other organisation/agencies who do such great work in the community. 

It is reassuring that Community Law has funding for the next 4 years, there is no actual increase and this will put us at 14 years same funding.  It is what it is, another challenge that we and other NGO’s have to face on a regular basis.
For our Kaikoura clients, we are looking at how CLM can be more accessible for people with legal problems. CLM will be trialling the use of “skyping”.  This will be set up at Heartlands, Beach Road, Kaikoura.  So if you would like to talk to someone about a legal issue, ring Heartlands to arrange a skype session with us.  

We have some new seminars on employment law designed for Not for Profit organisations – see below for further information.

That’s all from me, keep warm and keep up the great work.

Nga mihi nui



Community Law Marlborough has just completed its annual education planning sessions, so look out for sessions on;
  • Health and Safety in the Work Place
  • Wills
  • Scams
Upcoming education;
Employment Law for Not for Profit Organisations
A five part series on Employment Law suitable for Board of Governance and Managers of NGO's
Employing New Staff and Minimum Rights in Employment.  Understanding good practice on employing new staff, interviews, job agreements, trial periods, good faith and minimum rights.
Date: 19th July 2016 | Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm | Venue: Community Law Marlborough

Restructuring is change in the workplace
that affects people's jobs, redundancy is where the position is no longer required.
Date: 26th July 2016 | Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm | Venue: Community Law Marlborough


Bullying in the workplace and Committees. 
Identifying bullying behaviour and the law about bullying.
Date: 2nd Aug 2016 | Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm | Venue: Community Law Marlborough


Health & Safety at Work Act. 
Looking at Governance responsibilities and good health & safety practices.
Date: 9th Aug 2016 | Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm | Venue: Community Law Marlborough


Resolving Disputes,
good faith, options, going to mediation or Employment Relations Authority.
Date: 16th Aug 2016 | Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm | Venue: Community Law Marlborough

Bookings are essential so please contact;
reception@commlawmarlb.org.nz or phone 03 577 9919 to register.
Tea and coffee will be supplied. 
Koha would be appreciated.


Hot Topic - Residential Tenancy changes now in effect

From 1 July all landlords will have to have working smoke alarms installed in their rental homes. Replacement alarms will have to be photoelectric (these have a longer life span than ordinary smoke alarms).

Social Housing (where rent paid is income related) must comply with new insulation rules by 1 July 2016.  By July 2019 all other residential rental homes must comply with new insulation standards.

Landlords will be required to provide a statement on the tenancy agreement for any new tenancy commencing 1 July 2016 about the location, type and condition of insulation.

There is a new expedited process allowing a landlord to regain possession of their rental property when this has been abandoned.  In effect this means the Tenancy Adjudicator will be able to make a ruling based on the papers presented and the landlord will not have to present at the hearing.

The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will now have greater powers for investigating and taking proceedings to the Tenancy Tribunal on behalf of the tenant.  The consent of the tenant to do this will not be required.

It will be an unlawful act for a landlord to end a tenancy in retaliation for a tenant exercising a right under the tenancy agreement, relevant law, or by making a complaint relating to the tenancy (Retaliatory Notice).
Tenants wishing to challenge a retaliatory notice will have 28 working days to do so after the notice has been issued.

Signs of Methamphetamine Use and Manufacture

Lately there has been a lot of coverage in the media
regarding methamphetamine (P or Meth or Crystal Meth) contamination of rental properties, including Housing New Zealand properties.
How can you protect yourself from the harm manufacturing of this substance causes?
Meth Test Nationwide has identified the warning
signs to look out for:
  • Residences with window’s blacked out
  • Renters paying with cash
  • Excessive traffic in and out of the property at unusual times
  • Excessive rubbish
  • Secretive or protective area surrounding a residence
  • People exiting the residence to smoke 
If you are viewing a residential property for rental or purchase, look out for:
  • Chemical staining on walls and floors. Or alternatively the instillation of brand new flooring or carpets, and repaints
  • Unusual odours, for example cat urine, acetone or other chemical odours
  • Burned grass or vegetation
  • Kitty litter used to absorb chemical spills in unusual places
  • Strange plumbing, venting systems, electrical connections
  • Different form of glassware and plastic bottles. 
Ultimately you are your best protection.  Ask questions, if the landlord says the place has been meth tested, ask to see the results.
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