Bell Gully

Government needs to shake up insolvency practice

The NBR had a great article on the weekend about the slow burning?Insolvency Practitioners Bill. Written by?Murray Tingey, David Friar and Wayne Hofer from Bell Gully it highlights why there needs to be some controls and licensing around insolvency practitioners.

More than two years after the Commerce Committee reported back on the Insolvency Practitioners Bill, Parliament took up the second reading of the Bill on September 26 ? the next step in what has been a long and protracted process.

Under the current law, the restrictions on who can be an insolvency practitioner (such as a liquidator or receiver) are limited.? You must be over 18, not bankrupt or subject to the Mental Health Act, not related to the company, and not have a dishonesty conviction in the past 5 years.

There is no requirement that the practitioner have any minimum skills, qualification or experience, or even any requirement that the practitioner live in New Zealand.? There are also difficulties in enforcing the requirements as to who can be an insolvency practitioner. ? Read more »

Youtube to live stream debates

TVNZ and YouTube today announced a history-making initiative which will allow New Zealanders to put questions directly to Prime Minister Helen Clark and Opposition Leader John Key – the ONE News YouTube Election Debate.

TVNZ, New Zealand’s public broadcaster, and YouTube, the leading online video community, will jointly present a live televised election debate between the two party leaders, featuring questions posted as video submissions on YouTube.

The leaders’ responses will be broadcast live on TVNZ’s flagship News channel, TV ONE, on October 14. ONE News’ Mark Sainsbury will moderate the 90 minute ONE News YouTube Election Debate, with three of New Zealand’s leading political journalists asking additional questions.

Starting today, YouTube users in New Zealand, and expats, can submit their questions at www.youtube.co.nz/debate.

TVNZ opens YouTube Channel

TVNZ has signed a partnership with Google to bring TVNZ content to YouTube .

The? partnership creates a branded TVNZ channel on YouTube , offering a range of New Zealand-made short video material from current programming and the archive, reflecting the style of content popular with YouTube users.?

Great stuff, I hope more providers do the same. This provides a fantastic resource for bloggers, far better than their On Demand site.?