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Victoria’s new voluntary assisted dying laws – what do they mean for NZ debate?

As the debate over New Zealand’s End of Life Bill continues, it is a good idea to see what is happening “over the ditch” as Victoria passes its new assisted dying laws. Victoria’s new laws came into effect on 19 June this year. For the first time in over 20 …

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It is time to plan for your future

Talking about death and dying is hard. Most of us will not die suddenly. We all, in theory, have lots of time to think, talk and plan for our future and end-of-life care. Yet for most families this conversation does not happen or, if it does, then only when someone …

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Bad financial advice – financial advice you should ignore

Whether you’re just starting out as an adult, or are already financially secure, you’ve probably heard your fair share of unwanted and unsolicited financial advice. In case you haven’t already learned it, the wealthier you get, the more interesting that advice can become! Some financial tips and advice can function …

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Helpful Clauses for Your Will

A will is one of the most important legal documents you can have, and everyone should have one. Properly preparing your will now could save your estate a lot of expense in the future, and make things much easier for your loved ones when your time comes. Our clients are …

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History of Euthanasia in New Zealand

The origin of the word is the Greek eu thanaos, meaning ‘good death’ or to die well without pain. Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending the life of another person by non-violent means. Euthanasia, including voluntary euthanasia, is illegal in New Zealand. However, there have been attempts to change the law. Euthanasia …

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Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations

Modern health care, the efforts of health care professionals and our healthier lifestyles have resulted in humans living longer than ever before. It has also resulted in a larger number of people who are living with increasingly complex illnesses for longer periods of time. Even though we may live longer, …

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Stress-Free Movings Tips

Here are our top moving tips to help with a quicker, stress free moves. Preparation is key – Plan your move before hand – Everything from packing, labeling, unpacking and placement in your new home. Ensure you label every box and list some of the main items inside. To go …

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Are trusts worth it

A major change to New Zealand trust law was passed on 30 July 2019. The Trusts Act will have implications for all trusts in New Zealand, and once it comes into force will probably cause many to ask whether trusts are still worthwhile. Let’s take a brief look at what’s changing and …

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Spark steps up with two new products for seniors

Spark has today introduced two new products for New Zealand seniors: the first nuisance-call blocking home phone (landline) available in New Zealand; and the cheapest advertised pay monthly mobile plan on the New Zealand market – tailored to the needs of those over 65 years. Both of the products help …

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