Canterbury Branch

Sponsors articles

Our principal co-sponsors Duncan Cotterill, and Marsh regularly provide updates to their clients and many of these articles will also be of interest to our members.

2017 Articles

Marsh: Board Oversight of ESG
As global warming turns up the heat on the planet, investors are turning up the heat on boards.  And investors are not only concerned about climate but also about other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns.

Aura Information Security: five tips when considering cyber security
It doesn’t matter how big or small your business – if the data and information held within it is of interest to cyber criminals, you’re a target. Here are Aura Information Security’s top tips to help businesses stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

Duncan Cotterill: Beneficiary access to trust information - the final word from the Supreme Court
Whether there is an overriding entitlement to trust information has now been answered by the Supreme Court and guidance issued to trustees. We anticipate this will be the last word in this area for quite some time – although in practice applying the factors will not always be easy, particularly when there are competing interests at stake between beneficiaries.

Duncan Cotterill: Construction contracts retentions - a new regime from 31 March 2017
On 31 March 2017 an important amendment to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) came into force. This amendment introduced a new retention scheme, designed to safeguard retention money in the event of insolvency of the holding party.

Marsh:  Risk Outlook for 2017
Directors were asked their views on a wide range of risk issues from their perceptions of risk in New Zealand business through to their boards' involvement in risk (in partnership with the IoD). 

Duncan Cotterill: Overseas Investment
New class exemptions to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 have recently been introduced and came into force on 1 February 2017.

Duncan Cotterill: Construction Contracts Act - a series of three articles​
A summary of the Construction Contracts Act
The payment claim process under the Construction Contratcs Act
Adjudication of disputes under the Construction Contratcs Act

Marsh: Directors' Risk Survey Report 2016 - Risk outlook for 2017
Marsh is delighted to present its thrid risk survey report for directors in partnership with the Institute of Directors. Directors were asked their views on a wide range of risk issues from their perceptions of risk in New Zealand business through to their boards' involvement in risk. 

Marsh: OW Risk Journal Volume 6
Perspectives on the risks that will determine your company’s future, including the latest thinking on many of management’s toughest challenges globally: blistering technological change, cyberattacks, volatile energy prices, rising healthcare costs, and structural risks emerging from social trends.

Click here to read Dell's Annual Report on Underground Hacker Markets.

2016 Articles

Marsh: Charting a path through Political and Social Instability
This report explores the underlying themes that resulted in the election of Donald Trump, the latest unexpected event in a year characterised by US domestic political crises, civil disturbances and extremist violence. 

Marsh: Booz Allen Report - When the lights went out
A detailed case study of the watershed moment for cybersecurity when, for the first time, energy-grid operations were compromised; causing blackouts for 225,000 consumers in Ukraine almost one year ago. 

Marsh: MMC Cyber Handbook 2016 - increasing resilience in the digital economy
Cyber risk exposures are embedded in the operations of organisations across all sectors and countries. No company is fully secure, no matter how sophisticated its cyber defence mechanisms. With cyber risk, you face active adversaries who are constantly changing their attack strategy.

Duncan Cotterill: Successful Succession Planning for SMEs
Guidance for directors assisting owners, managers nad shareholders with succession planning in small and medium size businesses. 

Aura: Counting down to Christmas – is your business secure?
The increase in people conducting transactions online in the lead-up to Christmas means a lot more credit card (and other personal information) is out there and vulnerable to attack. So, if you are a business that transacts online and has a credit card payment facility on your website, what do you need to do?

Aura: People, Process and Technology in Cloud Security
Using the cloud to transform technology is fairly easy. Transforming people and process is not so straightforward. Losing control of data can lead to identity theft, privacy and reputation loss, regulatory restrictions and fines.

Aura: BYOD Security Stakes Raised
Bring your own device is a practical reality for business not just in New Zealand, but around the world. But one aspect which is often partially or entirely missing is bringing your own security – or at least being aware of it.

BDO: Bringing a new owner or partner into your business
“Congratulations. I now pronounce you, business partner and business partner.”  There are many reasons as to why you may want a new owner or partner in your business, but before you confirm such an important decision we strongly recommend that you consider the following points.

ASB: How digital changes everything
Digital tools are invading the business environment, provoking significant changes in the way we work, communicate, and sell.

Marsh: How To Strengthen and Sustain a Healthy Risk Culture
This article speaks to the risk culture of an organisation and how we as pack animals are led by the influencers in our organisations – target them and there’s a better chance others will follow, instead of issuing instructions and directives.

Marsh:  The Global Risks Report 2016
The year 2016 marks a forceful departure from past findings, as the risks about which the Report has been warning over the past decade are starting to manifest themselves in new, sometimes unexpected ways and harm people, institutions and economies.

Duncan Cotterill: Supreme Court decision and what this means for the family trust
The law relating to relationship property and trusts has always been complicated, particularly as lawyers try to challenge the validity of trusts when dividing property after a relationship has ended. The latest word from the Supreme Court iin two decisions in respect of one family.

Duncan Cotterill: Reinstatement – the growing trend
In 2011 the Employment Relations Act was amended to remove the status of reinstatement as the primary remedy for employees that had been unjustifiably dismissed. Despite this, a recent decision of the Employment Relations Authority confirmed the ongoing relevance and availability of reinstatement as a remedy for employees

Duncan Cotterill: When full and final isn’t so final?
The majority of employment disputes never see the inside of a Courtroom and are instead resolved privately through settlement discussions, recorded in a settlement agreement. Unfortunately, after receiving their settlement sum some parties are not quite ready to move on…

Marsh: Brexit – What directors should know
Navigating the uncertainty of the UK’s “Brexit” –  what will the historic Brexit vote mean for businesses and individuals?

ASB: RBNZ Economic Assessment Review
21 July 2016 – The RBNZ signals more cuts are likely due to higher than expected exchange rate. Financial stability concerns appear less pressing now that the RBNZ is consulting on additional lending restrictions. We continue to expect the RBNZ will cut the OCR by 25bp a piece in August and November.

Marsh: Governance Challenges 2016: M&A Oversight
Risk is inherent in corporate acquisitions - an organisation’s ability to identify and mitigate such risk is critical.

Duncan Cotterill: Cyper Security – are you prepared
In response to heightened public interest and concern, this briefing highlights some of the key technical, commercial and legal issues that businesses currently need to understand about cyber security.

Duncan Cotterill: Workplace Bullying – what are my obligations
Under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSW), a person conducting a business or undertaking (a PCBU) must ensure the health and safety of workers who work for the PCBU, while at work. This includes protecting workers from harmful behaviour while at work such as bullying.

Duncan Cotterill: Are you paying your employees correctly
The government has recently announced a payroll blunder that has left thousands of MBIE state sector workers underpaid. Your business could be in danger of making the same mistake.

Duncan Cotterill: New Health and Safety Laws – Key Principles for Principals and others involved in schools
There has been a lot of concern over how the HSW Act will affect how schools operate, particularly in relation to playgrounds. So what do the people who work in or with schools need to know?

Duncan Cotterill: Crowd Funding and Small Offers – what are the unintended consequences for issuers
If you are considering a crowd funding or small offer strategy, here is an overview of the things you need to consider.

Duncan Cotterill: Charitable Trusts – what you need to know
If you are thinking about establishing a charitable trust to promote a cause that you support, it’s important to start with the fundamentals.

Marsh: Governing the Global Company
The current era of broader and faster globalization presents new questions and challenges for corporate governance and oversight. But what are the implications in terms of boardroom composition, practices, and the necessary skillsets for directors? What constitutes an effective global board?

Duncan Cotterill: The new health and safety regime - what does it mean for the farming industry?
The focus of the HSW Act is to protect workers and other people against harm to their health, safety and welfare by eliminating or minimising risks at work.

Duncan Cotterill: Charities and volunteer associations – what you need to know about health & safety laws
In general, the HSW Act imposes duties on a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) in any workplace.  All that is required to be a PCBU is one employee for the entire organisation.

Duncan Cotterill: Directors and officers - What are your health and safety obligations?
An officer must personally exercise due diligence to ensure that the PCBU complies with its duties and obligations under the HSW Act.

Marsh: Health & Safety at Work Act – what are you liable for under the new Act
Businesses of all sizes are required to have an effective strategy to develop worker engagement and safety practices. There will be a greater responsibility imposed on businesses and individuals to ensure compliance with health and safety processes.

Duncan Cotterill: Are you across 2016’s law changes for the workplace?
Same story different year: April 2016 will see a number of changes made to the law affecting the workplace. Duncan Cotterill cover the headline points at a high level.

2015 Articles

Charities and volunteer associations - what you need to know about health and safety laws
Duncan Cotterill has prepared a summary of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSW Act), detailing how the new legislation, which comes into force on 4 April 2016, will affect charities and those who undertake volunteer work for them.

Duncan Cotterill: Health and Safety – Safety Reform Bill Update
The release of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee report on the Health and Safety Reform Bill has now been delayed until 24 July.

Duncan Cotterill: Health and Safety - the first home detention sentencing for H&S prosecution
For the first time, a health and safety prosecution in New Zealand has resulted in a sentence of home detention for the company director.

Duncan Cotterill: Health and Safety - changes to the Sentencing Act - restorative justice
The new section 24(a) of the Sentencing Act 2002 means the court must adjourn proceedings to enable enquiries to be made as to whether a restorative justice process is appropriate.

Duncan Cotterill: Health and Safety - the prudent paper trail
Employers often wonder how long they need to retain health and safety related documents.

Marsh: Cyber stress tests - Benchmark your vulnerability
Cyber-attacks can happen to anyone, anytime: have you got yourself covered?

Marsh: Managing cyber risks - IT security and data protection
Cyber-attacks against companies are growing and are increasingly violent and sophisticated.

Marsh: Bridgecorp vs Lloyd's - and offshore liability insurance
The NZ Court of Appeal made a decision in the Bridgecorp v Lloyd's case, which has clarifed the law in relation to overseas insurers under section 9 of the Law Reform Act 1936.

2014 Articles

Marsh: No ceiling for reparation awards?  The Sentencing Act 2002 Updated
As of 06 December 2014 the Sentencing Amendment Act 2014 will allow for reparation awards in excess of that currently payable under ACC.


2013 Articles

Marsh launches Insurance Facility for Cantabrians wanting to rebuild
Annoucement from Marsh for the launch of an insurance policy for Cantabrians rebuilding their homes following the major earthquakes in 2011.

2012 Articles

Marsh: Cyber risk
Is your data at risk?

Marsh: CyberEdge Claim Scenarios
Cyber risk has come a real liability risk for business around the world.
Marsh: Cyber Insurance
The New Zealand Government is taking the increasing cyber threat very seriously and in June 2011 it presented its cyber security strategy.

Duncan Cotterill: Call for Employers to take advantage of new Immigration steps
Canterbury employers need to make use of faster employment processes for skilled migrant workers so they can gear up for the rebuild, which is predicted to create additional work in the city for the next 20 years and require up to 23,000 construction workers alone.

Duncan Cotterill: Earthquake prone buildings 
The future of earthquake prone buildings is still shrouded in uncertainty as the wait continues for the Government's new policy to be released later this year.


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