Legal Matters | Week 2

Sally Hatter

My main task at the Taxpayers’ Union this week has been to draft both a Company Constitution and a Trust Deed. These documents will be used to establish a limited liability entity. Today, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams, and I attended a meeting with a solicitor.

We were seeking advice on how to establish the entity; as part of this, I received valuable feedback on my draft Constitution and Trust Deed documents. This process has provided me with an opportunity to utilise a variety of skills I have acquired so far in my law degree. I found the process of drafting the documents, editing and eventually putting them into practice very rewarding.

This is because completing a task from start to finish is not something that can occur at the university. Often a student may have an assignment that mimics a real workplace task, that work, however, is never put into practice for real business purposes.

This week I have also been compiling data to compare the total wealth of organisations supporting either the left or right side of politics. A similar research project, applicable to Australia, was undertaken by Andrew Bragg at the Menzies Research Centre. Bragg found the estimated amount spent by organisations with an “anti-business” agenda outweighed the estimated amount spent by organisations with a “pro-enterprise” agenda. I am intrigued to learn whether a similar situation exists in New Zealand.

My first weekend in Wellington fell on Wellington Anniversary Day, as a result the office had Monday off. I was lucky enough to be invited by a work colleague to the Wellington Cup. The Cup was located at the Trentham racecourse, approximately 30 minutes’ drive along the coast from the CBD.

The racecourse in Wellington is in a basin circled by densely vegetated mountain ridges. The Monday of the long weekend brought with it a buzz of excitement around Wellington’s coastal areas, the excitement was attributable to reports of a big surf day. Thursday was, of course, Australia day which we marked in office by playing the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown throughout the afternoon.

I am looking forward to this coming weekend away in the Wairarapa region, where some of New Zealand’s best wineries are located.