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Bodies Corporate Gone Wrong

Bodies Corporate Gone Wrong
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As regulators increasingly look to solve housing shortages by promoting CBD apartment complexes and modern in-fill developments, a growing number of Kiwi home-owners are discovering that their property rights and obligations are in fact often controlled by the humble Body Corporate.

While efforts to improve the underlying statutory scheme are being made, a minority of unruly owners have in some cases wreaked havoc among unit title developments, leaving a trail of economic damage, expensive litigation and despair in their wake. Proving equally challenging is the task of facing up to large scale problems such as the discovery of “leaky building” syndrome or seismic strengthening issues which must be dealt with collectively.

Following on from a session at the Property Law Conference in May this year, this webinar explores what happens when Body Corporate governance breaks down or is “captured” or bullied by unit owners who do not share the same interests as their surrounding community. It explores the litigation options for getting things back on track. The webinar will cover the various mechanisms in the Unit Titles Act 2010 for restoring order, achieving decisions when there is insufficient agreement among owners, and maintaining fairness. To say that the Courts have been “interventionist” in this area of law would be to exaggerate. However, as the cases to be discussed will show, the Courts have not hesitated from using their powers to further the Act's stated aim: the ownership and management of land and buildings by communities of individuals on a socially and economically sustainable basis.

Learning objectives

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of what happens when Body Corporate governance breaks down or is “captured”.
  • Be aware of litigation options, and other various mechanisms for restoring order.

Who should attend

All civil litigation and property lawyers.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenter is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge

For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here.

Fee (Incl GST)


Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the multiple registration button below or Click here


  • Webinar 11.00am - 12.00pm, Wednesday 11 August 2021
  • Registration closes  - 3.00pm, Tuesday 10 August 2021

View PDF registration form here.

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James Mahuta-Coyle 83x96 James Mahuta-Coyle
Lambton Chambers

Prior to entering the legal profession James worked in the New Zealand Legislature for two Parliamentary Research Units (2002-2006), before becoming a Ministerial Adviser to a Cabinet Minister (2007-2008). He was subsequently admitted in 2009. Before joining the independent bar, James was an Associate at Chen Palmer Partners and then a boutique criminal practice (together, 2009-2011). His practice now is primarily concentrated on commercial and property-related litigation, but he maintains ongoing and active judicial review and criminal law work streams. Most recently the focus of James’ practice has been litigating the disputes

that arise within unit title developments whenever owners must resolve building problems collectively.


Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.


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