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Level 4 Alert – Update

With the updated guidance today we can advise as follows:
Corban Revell Lawyers will be working remotely until Level 4 is downgraded to Level 3 or lower. We know a lot of you are in the same position.
You can still ring our main line, direct lines and mobiles if you need assistance (when the networks aren’t overloaded that is). Our reception is being managed remotely. If you need to make arrangements for couriers please call our main line to find where to send them to.
You can still email us – details for most of our staff are on our website.
We are all set up to work remotely and we can still work on many things for you. We can still complete many types of property matters, but not all during Level 4.
Some Court matters have been delayed and your lawyer will keep you up to date about that. We can start to prepare new Court matters for you if you need.
While we are all in lockdown it may be a good time to reflect on matters relating to your business or personal matters that you have not had time to attend to recently. It may also be the that this lockdown has consequences for you or changed plans for you or your business and so you may have increased needs for advice over this time.
We are here to help, only a phone call or email away for a wide range of matters including:
  • Civil court matters
  • Leasing and lease disputes
  • Family law
  • Criminal matters
  • Property law including refinancing
  • Employment law
  • Immigration advice
  • Wills and estates
  • Commercial Matters Generally
  • Maori Land Matters
  • Legal Aid matters
Keep safe everyone and let us know what you need, we can help you out (except for flour to make bread! if anyone has any let us know!)
We look forward to seeing you all in person again in about 4 weeks and in the meantime we’ll be happy to Skype, FaceTime, message, call or email you.

The Team at Corban Revell

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Covid-19 Update – Level 3

With the increased alert by the government to level 3 from 24 March, we have implemented our remote work plan. All our staff are able to work remotely and many will start to do so from tomorrow. Direct lines will be diverted to cellphones from 24 March.
You will still reach us by phone, email or fax by the normal methods.
We can still conduct interviews by phone or Skype or FaceTime
We can still witness document signing for existing clients over Skype or FaceTime.
We will be doing our very best to ensure we can complete your property settlements (noting it takes the other side of the deal to also be able to settle) and we have the technology and systems to do that even without the office physically open.
As per our previous updates, your lawyer will keep you updated about your court matters.
We are well prepared to carry on business and look after your legal matters. We are here for you and we are here to help.
Feel free to call or email us if you have any questions as many as you have been already
Kia kaha,
The Team at Corban Revell
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Covid-19 Update

An update to Corban Revell’s response to Covid-19
Corban Revell will be making daily decisions as to whether to open the office during Monday to Friday, or for our staff to work from home,  from 23 March 2020 based on the alert system announced by the government this weekend.
As a guide, while the alert level remains at 2, we intend to work from the office but with more controls in place in order to keep our staff and clients safe as we possibly can from Covid-19.
From now and until further notice, please call ahead before coming to our office, so we can ensure meeting times are appropriately staggered and avoid too many people being in the office at one time.
Meetings will be by appointment only and our front reception doors will be locked during the day to control this. There is a doorbell on the right hand wall by the front doors you can use if there is no one on reception, but the hope is that this system will work well.
We will ask you if you are unwell or have recently travelled and other questions before we agree to accept face to face appointments at the office. We will have Skype and FaceTime meetings available as an alternative to almost all kinds of meetings. By law some meetings have to be face to face and we understand that, also sometimes you will just need to come in to see us to give us documents and the like.
We promise to work with you to find a way that works! We have the people, the skills and the technology to get through this time with a few adjustments to keep us all safe.
We ask that if you are coming to sign documents over this period that you please bring your own pens and your own water bottles if you need a drink and take them with you when you go.
You are welcome to take your own precautions as you wish such as wearing masks and gloves to meetings. We will ensure we only use meeting rooms large enough to provide adequate distance between clients and staff and we have hand sanitiser on reception you can use.
If the Corban Revell staff member you are due to meet is unwell for any reason, they will go home and we will let you know in advance and we will make alternative arrangements for your meeting.
For Court matters, your lawyer will advise you in advance what the plan is. The Courts are keeping in touch with us as to any delays or changes to planned hearings.
Should you have any queries, please call us on 09 837 0550.
Many thanks for working with us to keep us all safe and well.
The Team at Corban Revell
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Congratulations, Judge Goodwin

Screen Shot 2018-08-17 at 2.27.21 PMFormer Managing Partner of Corban Revell, Alan Goodwin has been appointed a District Court judge.

We congratulate Alan on his appointment.  Alan was a key member of the Corban Revell legal team from 1995 to 2011.  He joined the firm’s family team in 1995 and soon became partner, leading the firm’s successful family team and before becoming managing partner.

As managing partner Judge Goodwin left a legacy of legal excellence and collaborative teamwork that continues at Corban Revell today.  Official announcements can be found here.

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KiwiBuild, what you need to know.

O'neal Mendoza
O’neal Mendoza, Solicitor

The KiwiBuild programme: What do first home buyers and building developers need to know?

KiwiBuild is a government programme that aims to deliver 100,000 affordable, quality homes for first home buyers over the next 10 years. Around 50,000 of these homes will be in Auckland. To implement this ambitious programme, the government will work with iwi, councils and the private sector to establish a home building programme.

In Auckland, KiwiBuild houses will cost:

  • $650,000 or less for three or four bedroom homes
  • $600,000 or less for two bedroom homes
  • $500,00 or less for one bedroom homes

For First Home Buyers

To qualify for this programme, first home buyers:

  • Must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents;
  • Must be a first home buyer or meet the asset test for ‘second chancers’ in a similar financial position as a first home buyer
  • Intend to live in the home for a minimum of three years
  • Must earn no more than $120,000 for a single purchaser, and no more than $180,000 for a couple
  • Intend to live in their first home – not for people wanting to use it as an investment by renting it out and living elsewhere

Second Chancers

Asset test for ‘second chancers’

‘Second chancers’ are people who may have previously owned a home or who now find themselves in a similar financial position as a first home buyer. For example, a couple who have separated/divorced have had to sell their family home in order to separate their finances which would find themselves with a smaller deposit to purchase a new home.

Second chancers must not earn more than:

  • $120,000 if they live in Auckland;
  • or $100,000 if they live in Hamilton City, Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District, Kapiti Coast District, Porirua City, Upper Hutt City, Hutt City, Wellington City, Nelson City, Tasman District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City, Selwyn District, Queenstown Lakes District

As long as the purchasers are living in the property, the owners of KiwiBuild units will be allowed to having flatmates or renting out spare rooms during the three year period.

How to get selected

Due to the high demand for KiwiBuild homes, the KiwiBuild programme will be run through a ballot system.

Eligible purchasers (or those who met the eligibility criteria above) will be drawn from the ballot and get the first opportunity to buy the homes they have registered their interest in.

You may register your interest online  to find out about KiwiBuild and to know when KiwiBuild homes become available that fit their requirements.

The online registration will ask for your name, email, areas of interest, and preferred number of bedrooms. You can also register interest on behalf of someone else.

Should you need further information about this scheme or have any questions about buying your first home, you may contact one of our property lawyers, O’neal Mendoza by email at

For Property Developers  

To accelerate a greater number of affordable KiwiBuild houses the government targets developers that have development-ready land.  The government will underwrite or pre-purchase new homes off the plans from private sectors, also known as the Buying off the Plans initiative.

The Government may enter into either:

  • an open agreement with the developer to purchase unsold KiwiBuild dwellings (or to pay the difference between an eventual sale price and pre-agreed amount) after a defined marketing period and/or unsuccessful sales process (i.e. when an eligible KiwiBuild purchaser withdraws from a sales agreement); or
  • a sale and purchase agreement with the developer to purchase the KiwiBuild dwellings on delivery at an agreed-in advance underwrite price (as if it were a private purchaser) and subsequently on-sells these to eligible KiwiBuild purchasers.

A common challenge faced by developers is the need to sell a significant proportion of dwellings off the plans in order to secure funding for construction, which means that developments can sometimes stall or be put on hold. The Buying off the Plans initiative involves the Government giving developers the certainty and backing they need to deliver suitable developments that would not otherwise proceed or to deliver developments at a greater pace than initially planned, in exchange for accelerating a greater number of affordable, KiwiBuild dwellings. Similarly, participating in this initiative may also mean that there will be a preferable treatment for the council consent process if you are one of the participating developers.

The Process

Interested developers were invited to respond via the Government Electronic Tenders Service .

The Invitation to Participate in the KiwiBuild: ‘Buying off the Plans’ initiative closed in June 2018. However, the opportunity will be re-opened later in 2018 for further developments commencing in 2020/21 onwards.

Following an initial assessment, shortlisting of respondents, any necessary refinement of solutions and an evaluation process, financial due diligence and negotiations will take place with successful respondents. The Crown will then enter into a Sale and Purchase agreement with the developer. Each relationship agreement could differ, depending on the type and nature of any development.


The following areas will be considered:

  • developer track record, capability and capacity to deliver in the required timeframe,
  • alignment of the proposed development with the KiwiBuild objectives,
  • risk share proposed,
  • site assessment,
  • delivery of significant benefits in terms of scale,
  • pace or innovation,
  • end-to-end delivery model; and
  • construction methodology

If you are a developer who needs legal assistance when entering an agreement either with potential first home buyers or with the Crown, contact O’neal Mendoza or one of our property lawyers.