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Summary of submissions: Proposed regulations

Following public consultation on proposals to implement the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019, including setting the fees and levy under the scheme, a summary of submissions, and MBIE’s responses, is now available.

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We’re accepting ‘remote’ declarations during COVID-19

In response to the need for physical distancing during COVID-19, the Companies Office will, as a temporary measure, accept statutory declarations that meet the requirements of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957 but are taken by alternative means.

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FMA levies are changing on the Companies Register

New Financial Markets Authority (FMA) levies come into force on 1 July 2020.

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FMA levies are changing on the Disclose Register

New Financial Markets Authority (FMA) levies come into force on 1 July 2020

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FMA levies are changing on some of our registers

New Financial Markets Authority (FMA) levies come into force on 1 July 2020 for friendly societies, credit unions and building societies.

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FMA levies are changing

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) levies are increasing from 1 July 2020.

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COVID-19 impact on Insolvency Practitioners Regulation legislation

New Insolvency Practitioners Regulation legislation is scheduled to come into force on 17 June 2020 however this may be delayed.

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Law changes to help businesses through COVID-19

The COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill, introduced to Parliament on 5 May 2020, includes a wide range of measures to support businesses and other entities through the pandemic.

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Fraudulent roofing contractor Sam Oliver Spence imprisoned for breaches of company and insolvency laws

On 5 May 2020, Sam Oliver Spence, a roofing contractor, was sentenced in the Auckland District Court.

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Annual returns - Regulatory relief for retirement villages

Retirement Villages Operators that have an annual return due up to and including the month of September are able to seek regulatory relief by requesting an alteration of their annual return month where appropriate.

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Insolvency relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help businesses facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable, with the aim of keeping New Zealanders in jobs.

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The impact of COVID-19 on incorporated societies

We appreciate that these are challenging times for everyone, and that circumstances related to COVID-19 may be affecting your ability to meet your legal and procedural obligations as an incorporated society over the coming months.

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Minimum standards published for licensing and accreditation under the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019

The Registrar of Companies has published minimum standards, conditions and requirements for ongoing competence for the licensing of insolvency practitioners, and minimum standards for the accreditation of bodies, after a period of public consultation.

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Change to the start of the new financial advice regulatory regime

The start of the new financial advice regulatory regime, set out in the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act 2019, will be delayed from 29 June 2020 to early 2021.

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Business as usual for the PPSR

The PPSR continues to operate normally, allowing you to register, search and maintain financing statements.

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COVID-19 Update

The Companies Office is prioritising the health and well-being of our people and our customers in response to the latest developments of COVID-19.

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Want to know more about the legal aspects of the Personal Property Securities Register?

The New Zealand Credit & Finance Institute (NZCFI) are running a workshop in Wellington concentrating on the legal aspects of the Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA) and its application in the PPSR system.

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Business.govt.nz provides free tools to help small businesses

The free information and resources on business.govt.nz focuses on key pain points for small business including tax, employment, health & safety, and cash flow.

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Standardised e-Invoicing now available in New Zealand

In December 2019, the first e-Invoice was exchanged between New Zealand businesses using the global, standards based framework – Peppol, setting the scene for billions of dollars in business transaction savings each year.

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Improvements coming for the Limited Partnerships Registers website

On 4 March 2020, we’re improving the Limited Partnerships Registers website, making it easier to access and use.

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Consultation opens – Discussion document for insolvency practitioners accredited bodies

Public consultation is now open on the discussion document for implementation of the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019: Proposed standards, conditions & policies for accredited bodies. This runs until 7 February 2020.

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Changes to the PPSR following amendments to the Personal Property Securities Act 1999

The Personal Property Securities Act 1999 (‘the Act’) was amended on 13 November 2019. This has resulted in changes to the PPSR, which will take effect on 13 January 2020.

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Consultation opens – Discussion Paper for licensing of Insolvency Practitioners

Public consultation has begun on the discussion document for implementation of the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019 — Proposed minimum standards and conditions for the licensing of insolvency practitioners.

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Helping you develop your business skills

A new suite of online guides promoting better business practices and decision-making is now available on MBIE’s website, business.govt.nz.

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Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail

On 4 November 2019, Minister Kris Faafoi released a statement announcing changes that will favourably affect consumers and workers of failed businesses.

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Need help drafting your society’s rules?

For those looking to draft a constitution or ‘set of rules’ for an incorporated society, we’ve created the Constitution Builder, a new do-it-yourself online tool.

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Need help with company amalgamations?

We’ve produced a new video guide to help you get it right first time when presenting amalgamation documents.

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Kua wātea ināianei te tohutō kia whakamahia e ngā rōpū Manatōpū, Kaitiaki hoki — Macrons now available for use by societies and trusts

Macrons are now available for use in our Incorporated Societies and Charitable Trusts registers, thanks to recent improvements to our register system.

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Improvements to the Charitable Trusts Register

We’ve recently improved the Charitable Trusts Register, making it easier for you to update your details, search for information, or register a trust board.

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Improvements to Incorporated Societies Register

We’ve recently improved the Incorporated Societies Register, making it easier for you to update your details, search for information, or register a society.

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New options now available when confirming your authority

We’ve made some changes to the way you confirm your authority to manage information on the Companies Register.

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Consultation opens – Implementation of the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act – Discussion Document

Public consultation has begun on the discussion document for implementation of the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019

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Phishing emails claiming to be sent from MBIE

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is aware of phishing emails that are pretending to be sent from MBIE and contain malicious software.

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Incorporated Societies Bill closer to introduction

The Government has agreed to update legislation that applies to the more than 23,000 incorporated societies that operate in New Zealand.

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Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act passed into law

The Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act was passed by Parliament on 17 June 2019 and is expected to come into force in June 2020.

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Conviction for Marc McRae Lawrence

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies, sentenced on 21 May 2019

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Conviction for Martin Roy Parsons

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies, sentenced on 22 May 2019

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Conviction for Faleako Pepa

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies, sentenced on 30 January 2019

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Conviction for Alex Oliver Bergen

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies on 18 October 2018

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Morgan DeVere fined $40,000 in first FMA case of company abuse of the FSPR

Morgan DeVere Corporate Finance Limited has been fined $40,000 following its conviction at the Wellington District Court on two charges of breaching the Financial Services Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008.

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Company convicted for abuse of the FSPR

The Financial Markets Authority has obtained a conviction against Morgan DeVere Corporate Finance Limited (Morgan DeVere) for falsely claiming it was registered on the Financial Services Providers Register (FSPR).

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High Court imposes first permanent prohibition under Companies Act

The High Court has permanently prohibited Lance Jack Ryan from being involved in the management of a company.

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Conviction for Ee Kuoh Lau

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies on 29 May 2018

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Conviction for Anatalea Andrew Lafaitele

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies on 30 May 2018

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Conviction for Belinda Aroha Molly Bennett

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies on 24 August 2018

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Conviction for Mark Anthony McCreath

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies, sentenced on 25 July 2018.

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Conviction for Tere Junior Makita

Conviction obtained by the registrar of Companies on 25 May 2018

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Conviction for Fatai Tafilo

Conviction obtained by the Registrar of Companies on 8 May 2018

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