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Legal Associates Supports Women Care Trust: “Ladies Cultural Night 2018”

On Saturday 21st of July 2018, Legal Associates worked hand in hand with Woman Care Trust (“WCT”) for their annual event, Ladies Cultural Night. WCT is a non-profit charitable trust that was established in 2014, to support Indian/ Punjabi women and other new immigrant settlers in New Zealand. WCT organises and conducts free classes to teach English and computer skills to women and men at their learning centre. Further, the organisation also works to provide other free services such as fitness, stitching, knitting and to learn cultural folk dances of Punjab. To elevate more social networking skills, and to encourage women to interact more, WCT organises bus trips to explore NZ. The organisati

Honorary Consul of Bangladesh meets Legal Associates team

Legal Associates hosted the Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in New Zealand, Mr Shafiqur Rahman for a morning tea with the partners and other employees of the firm, in July 2018. Mr Rahman was accompanied by two officials from the Bangladesh High Commission in Australia who were in Auckland to provide consular services on behalf of the High Commission. Mr Raj Singh welcomed the guests who were then given a tour of the firm by Mr Taufiq Choudhury. All members of the firm then met at the boardroom where Mr Raj Singh again thanked the Honorary Consul for his visit. He informed the consul about the firm’s work with different communities in Auckland and expressed his interest in working with the Ba

Legal Associates attends Humm FM celebration cocktails

Legal Associates attended a cocktail event hosted by Humm 106.2 FM at the Cordis, Auckland to celebrate their milestones. This was attended by members of the Indian and various other communities as well as supporters of Humm 106.2 FM Humm FM launched their new look and celebrated the milestones that they have achieved till now. We were impressed to find out about the various community initiatives and charity appeals that they have undertaken over the last couple of years. Legal Associates takes great pride in working together with Humm 106.2 FM in educating the community and helping them to understand their legal rights. Humm FM is moving onwards and upwards. We look forward to working wi

Infopage: About Skilled Migrant category

This is a point-based category where points are awarded for skilled employment, age, qualification, skilled work experience and bonus points for partners included in the Expression of Interest (EOI). A claim of points is made through an EOI and if the applicant has the required total points (currently 160), then the EOI is selected from the pool on a fortnightly basis. After the EOI is selected, an "Invitation to Apply" ("ITA") is issued by INZ which is valid for 4 months to allow the applicant to lodge the Residence Application. At this stage, the claim of points made in the EOI needs to be validated through evidence. Verification is undertaken at this stage to confirm that points claimed

Legal Associates team attends dinner with Immigration Minister

The ADLS Immigration and Refugee Law Committee was pleased to host the Annual ADLS Immigration Law dinner at the Northern Club on Wednesday 6 June 2018. Legal Associates was represented by Taufiq Chauduhry. The event was well-attended by a good cross-section of the judiciary, OCs, practitioners, and immigration advisers. It was the first dinner for the new Minister of Immigration, the Hon lain Lees-Galloway, who carefully outlined the new directions being pursued. The Committee was pleased that these included a number of matters on which they had been advocating, such as rights of exploited workers and trafficked persons, and concerns about international students and their ability to remain

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: H. Taufiq Choudhury | Aug 2018

At Legal Associates we believe that an employee of the month is an individual that not only brings great results and success stories to the firm, but also someone who reaches their own personal achievements in their careers. This month’s employee of the month is Taufiq Choudhury, who is a Barrister and Solicitor of the New Zealand High Court, as well as an Attorney at Law admitted to the of New York Bar. About Taufiq: Taufiq received his legal education at Kyiv National University (LL.M in International Law), Ukraine in 1981, followed by a Post- Graduate Diploma in European Integration from Europa Institute of the University of Amsterdam in 1986. In 1988, Taufiq completed his LL.M in USA fro

Presentation by BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander on the outlook for the NZ economy

On the 25th of July, Legal Associates, by special invitation of the BNZ Bank, was privileged to attend a presentation by BNZ Bank’s Chief Economist Tony Alexander on the NZ economy. Legal Associates was represented by Solicitors, Ane Poane Talakai, Amman Jaggi, Neomal Perera and Prerana Nepal. Tony’s presentation brought out some interesting facts about the NZ economy from the past to where it is now and what we could expect in the near future going by current global economic trends and their impact on the NZ economy. His view was that the construction industry would remain strong in Auckland and the regions with property values expected to rise but not as significantly as seen up to now. Th

Infopage: About sub-division of property

The Auckland Unitary Plan has simplified the residential zones throughout Auckland with six zones created to allow for different levels of housing intensity. Before starting, you should consider how you will use your subdivided property that is whether you intend to: • subdivide the land (only) to sell • build a new house on the subdivided land to sell • build an additional house on the subdivided land for family use, or as an investment • subdivide a piece of land where houses already exist, or a land use consent has been granted enabling new houses to be built. You need a subdivision resource consent to divide a parcel of land or a building into one or more further parcels,


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