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Unit Titles Update

Unit Titles Update
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The Unit Titles Act 2010 has now been in force for over nine years. Whilst the 2010 Act is a complete re-write of the 1972 Act (and is three times larger) it still has significant gaps which lawyers, bodies corporate, chairpersons and committees need to navigate with care. A growing body of case law is emerging. This seminar will consider some of the practical implications for practitioners of some of the key cases and also include an update on short-stay accommodation; disclosure requirements, purchase conditions, governance and rules, insurance, and dealings with common property and easements.

This seminar will include:
  • An update on the key themes arising from recent cases
  • Issues for bodies corporate arising from the use of units for short-stay accommodation and the extent to which bodies corporate can restrict or control the use of units for short-stay accommodation
  • Issues around good governance, decision-making, information sharing and enforcement of body corporate rules
  • Practical tips for bodies corporate, chairpersons, committees, body corporate managers and their lawyers.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • A greater understanding of some of the key themes arising from recent cases.
  • An awareness of some of the current issues affecting bodies corporate, chairpersons, committees, owners and occupiers.
  • Practical tips for bodies corporate, chairpersons, committees, body corporate managers and their lawyers.

Who should attend

All practitioners who advise bodies corporate, chairpersons, committees owners and occupiers.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

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Wellington 9 September
Live Web Stream  9 September


WEB EDIT Dahl-Calder Dahl Calder
Associate, Gibson Sheat, Wellington

Dahl started his career in the Land Titles Office (now Land Information New Zealand) where he worked as an Assistant Land Registrar. Following that, Dahl obtained a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2006. He worked in a small general practice in Wellington for over 11 years where Dahl gained a wide range of experience and skills, and then in 2018 he joined the litigation team at Gibson Sheat. Dahl specialises in civil and commercial litigation and has a particular interest in unit title related work. His practice regularly involves advising bodies corporate, unit owners, body corporate secretaries and managers. 

WEB EDIT John-Harkness John Harkness
Consultant (retired), Gibson Sheat, Wellington

John was admitted as a barrister in 1973 and in 1975 he became a partner at Scott Hardie Boys Morrison and Jeffries. Between 1987 and 2009 John was a partner in several firms, including Russell McVeagh. In 2009 he became a principal at Harkness Law Limited, where John remained until its merger with Gibson Sheat in 2014. His practice has focussed on all aspects of commercial property and property law, including: commercial sales and purchases; funding joint ventures; building and construction contracts; unit title developments; subdivisions; residential sales and purchases, and private client advice. John was a foundation member of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section and served on its executive for six years. His property law expertise has seen John present a number of seminars on various property-related topics. He has also been an expert witness in numerous court cases. John was convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Working Party making submissions on the Unit Titles Act 2010.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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