Law firm seeks interest in class action over cladding

Owners of buildings with plaster cladding in New Zealand are being asked to register their interest for a proposed class action against manufacturers.

Adina Thorn Lawyers expects to launch the claim in association with international legal and funding experts, seeking damages well in excess of $100 million.

"This is about buildings with plaster cladding. It's not only about homes - it's all buildings - homes, commercial buildings, hospitals," says the firm's Principal Adina Thorn.

Ms Thom says the action springs from approaches by owners of buildings constructed using Harditex, Monotek, Titan board and various different polystyrene claddings.

She says there is no cost involved in registering and all the legal costs during the process will be covered by a litigation funder.

Owners previously believed there was a 10 year time limit but Ms Thom says there's no time limit in joining the action and a building of any age can join.

Those who register will have the opportunity to become part of a funded class action to receive compensation in respect of faulty products used in the construction of buildings they own.

People can register here.

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Key says he won't quit if mass collection of Kiwis' communications proved

Prime Minister John Key says he would not resign if it is proved that the GCSB carries out mass collection of New Zealanders' communications.

Mr Key has always insisted he would quit if it was proved that New Zealanders were subject to mass surveillance.

He insists the GCSB has told him that it is not capable of doing mass surveillance and is not legally allowed to do it.

Late last week former GCSB boss Sir Bruce Ferguson told Radio New Zealand that there was mass collection of New Zealanders' data as part of spying operations in the Pacific.

Sir Bruce also maintained however that it was legal as it was collected inadvertently and that the information on Kiwis was not used.

When asked today about whether there was a difference between the terms "collection" and "surveillance", Mr Key responded by saying he was "sure the lawyers would tell you there is a difference".

When pressed further, he refused to comment, saying he wasn't going to go into the GCSB's operational details.

John Key addresses press conference. Source: 1 NEWS


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MPs pay increase set at 1.5%

Cabinet has agreed that the annual percentage increase in pay for MPs will be 1.5% for this year.

That matches the average annual percentage increase in the public sector and compares with the 3.5% pay increase recommended by the Remuneration Authority.

Last week the Prime Minister announced he was planning to pass urgent legislation to change the way MPs pay was set.

He signalled it was likely that pay increases would match the average percentage increase in the wider public sector and be between 1 and 2 percent.

Mr Key today revealed that the average rate in the public sector is to be calculated using Statistics New Zealand's Quarterly Employment Survey.

The 1.5% pay increase covers the year starting July 1, 2014 running through to July 2015.

It will be backdated.

Money at the beehive Source: Seven Sharp


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