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Book of the month: The Native Land Court 1862-1887: A Historical Study, Cases and Commentary

By Richard Boast

Over 100 principal cases of the Native Land Court decided between 1862 and 1887 and from all over the country are included. Each case contains the full text of the decision and an introductory commentary which analyses the case and its significance. A 234-page introduction explains the history of the court and the ways in which its cases were heard and determined.

Brookers Ltd, October 2013, 978-0-864727-65-7, 1,407 pages, hardback, $228.00 (GST and p&h excluded).

Recent publications

A Practical Guide to Criminal Procedure in New Zealand

By Ian Murray

This is intended to be a practical resource for anyone who works with the new criminal procedure legislation and associated rules and regulations. The book consists of the text of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 and associated regulations and rules, with section-by-section commentary.

LexisNexis NZ Ltd, September 2013, 978-1-927227-15-2, 502 pages, paperback and e-book, $161.00 (GST included, p&h excluded).

McMorland on Easements, Covenants and Licences, 2nd Edition

By DW McMorland

The content has been taken from the looseleaf Hinde, McMorland and Sim, Land Law in New Zealand. Dr McMorland’s focus is one providing an up-to-date and practical guide to the rights in easements, convenants and licences and the issues which can arise.

LexisNexis NZ Ltd, October 2013, 978-1-937183-69-4, 280 pages, paperback, $190.00 (GST included, p&h excluded).

New Zealand’s Mental Health Act in Practice

Edited by John Dawson and Kris Gledhill

This collection of essays is intended to give a composite portrait of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 on its 21st anniversary. The 21 chapters are written by 30 authors with the objective of showing the workings of the Act in practice. 

Victoria University Press, November 2013, 978-0-864739-04-9, 399 pages, paperback, $50.00 recommended price (GST included, p&h excluded).

Professional information earnings up

The New Zealand offices of the Big Three multinational publishers of professional information had mixed fortunes during 2012. With Brookers Ltd (owned by Thomson Reuters) having finally sent its report to the Companies Office, the results show that the three had total revenue of $69.6 million in 2012 (up 7.9% on 2011) for a combined before tax profit of $10.396 million.

Brookers Ltd increased its revenue by 1.9% to $32.027 million and reported a before tax profit of $9.697 million (up 3.0%). The annual report also discloses that during 2012 Brookers Ltd purchased Infinitylaw Sofware for $8 million from Fujitsu New Zealand Ltd.

LexisNexis NZ Ltd’s revenue fell by 2.3% in 2012 to $21.850 million. Before tax profit also fell, by 8.8%, to $3.974 million.

CCH New Zealand Ltd (owned by Wolters Kluwer) revenue in 2012 was $15.736 million, up 29.8%. This big increase was mainly driven by revenue from online accounting software provider Acclipse Ltd, in which CCH acquired all the shares in 2012 for $43.554 million. CCH reported a before tax loss of $3.275 million, down from a profit of $0.161 million the previous year.

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