Power to the People?

Tale of Two Power Stations While the Māori Land Court decision in Savage & Ors v Adlam, 95 Waiariki MB 176, is subject to appeal, the decision is of legal interest as it illustrates established principles that trustees (whether of charitable or of other trusts)...

A Revolution for Incorporated Societies

Sowing seeds for a revolution Four years ago the then Minister of Justice asked the Law Commission to undertake a “first principles” review of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908, commenting that it was “uncomfortably old.”  In August last year the Commission produced...

Meetings and Emergencies

Two personal experiences On 22 February 2011 I was eight minutes into chairing a meeting a block away from Christchurch Cathedral. I had no hesitation in adjourning the meeting (it was resumed some three hours later when we found refuge elsewhere). More recently, a...

High Court Amending Charitable Trusts

Background Those who establish charitable trusts often impose conditions reflecting their personal background and preferences. Such was the case with the David Cummings Medical Trust (see Re Radich [2013] NZHC 2944, 7 November 2013). Mr Cummings had a Scottish...