Judgments of note pre-2009

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From time to time the Court decides cases that have general importance for practitioners of employment law as well as for the particular parties. These will include some judgments of the full Court and others examining and applying new law.

Decisions of note 2008

New Zealand Tramways and Public Transport Employees Union Inc & Anor v Transportation Auckland Corporation Limited & Cityline (NZ) Ltd AC 48/08 [PDF, 49 KB]
[Full Court (Judges Travis and Shaw), 12 December 2008] Reconsideration of decision on interpretation of annual leave in a collective agreement in light of s6 Holidays Act 2003.

Air Nelson Ltd v The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association IUOW Inc & Anor AC 17B/08 [PDF, 56 KB]
[Full Court (Chief Judge Colgan, Judges Shaw and Couch), 12 September 2008] Form of strike notices in essential services, service of those notices, and jurisdiction of Court to validate informal strike notices.

Te Ao v Chief Executive of the Department of Labour AC 31/08 [PDF, 1.8 MB]
[Chief Judge Colgan, 3 September 2008] Whether mediator precluded from giving evidence about events at mediation which led to mediator's dismissal.

Ryan Security & Consulting (Otago) Ltd v Bolton CC 11/08
[Full Court (Chief Judge Colgan, Judges Shaw and Couch), 18 August 2008] Whether Authority can punish for contempt for breach of its orders.

McCain Foods (NZ) Ltd v SFWU WC 11/08 [PDF, 86 KB]
[Full Court (Chief Judge Colgan, Judges Shaw and Couch), 23 June 2008] Use of employees of competitor company as union representatives.

Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University v Stewart CC 5C/08
[Judge Couch, 17 June 2008] Process for challenging order removing proceedings to Employment Court.

Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University v Stewart CC 5B/08
[Judge Couch, 13 May 2008] Reasons for decision that challenge filed out of time and granting extension of time.

Waikato DHB & Ors v New Zealand PSA Inc AC 6/08 [PDF, 53 KB]
[Full Court (Chief Judge Colgan, Judges Travis and Shaw), 20 March 2008] Ratification of settlements reached in collective bargaining.

Olsen v Carter Holt Harvey IT Ltd AC 45/08 [PDF, 97 KB]
[Full Court (Chief Judge Colgan, Judges Shaw and Couch), 24 November 2008] Protection of affected employees who are not vulnerable employees when a business is transferred.

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Decisions of note 2007

Southern Local Government Officers Union Inc v Christchurch City Council CHCH CC 26/07 [PDF, 74 KB] 
[29 November 2007]

South Tranz Ltd and Ors v Strait Freight Ltd CHCH CC 27/07 [PDF, 51 KB] 
[29 November 2007]

SFWU v ADHB and Ors WN WC 18/07 [PDF, 134 KB] 
[1 August 2007]

Finau and Ors v Southward Engineering Co Ltd WN WC 17/07 [PDF, 66 KB] 
[25 July 2007]

Abernethy v Dynea NZ Ltd CHCH CC 13/07 [PDF, 79 KB] 
[10 July 2007]

Credit Consultants Debt Services Ltd v Wilson and Anor WN WC 12C/07 
[3 July 2007]

Yong v Chin AK AC 37/07 [PDF, 92 KB] 
[20 June 2007]

Credit Consultants Debt Services NZ Ltd v Wilson & Anor WN WC 12A/07 
[5 April 2007]

X v Auckland District Health Board AK AC 10/07 [PDF, 338 KB] 
[23 February 2007]

National Distribution Union Inc v General Distributors Ltd AK AC 7/07 [PDF, 269 KB] 
[16 February 2007]

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Decisions of note 2006

NZ Tramways & Public Transport Employees Union & Anor v Transportation Auckland & Cityline (NZ) AC 61A/06 [PDF, 71 KB]
[27 November 2006]

McAlister v Air New Zealand Ltd AK AC 65/06 [PDF, 139 KB] 
[24 November 2006]

Bryson v Three Foot Six Ltd WN WC 17/06 [PDF, 54 KB] 
[1 September 2006]

NZ Amalgamated Engineering Printing & Manufacturing Union v Energex Ltd AK AC 48/06 [PDF, 47 KB]
[28 August 2006]

Cliff and Anor v Air New Zealand Ltd AK AC 47/06 [PDF, 208 KB] 
[23 August 2006]

Cliff and Anor v Air New Zealand Ltd AK AC 47/06 [PDF, 7 KB] 
[23 August 2006] - ERRATUM

New Zealand Meatworkers’ Union Inc v Alliance Group Ltd CHCH CC 7/06 [PDF, 156 KB] 
[17 August 2006]

Axiom Rolle PRP Valuations Services Ltd v Kapadia AK AC 43/06 [PDF, 149 KB] 
[4 August 2006]

Epic Packaging Ltd v New Zealand Amalgamated Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union Inc AK AC 39/06 [PDF, 123 KB] 
[21 July 2006]

New Zealand Engineering Printing And Manufacturing Union Inc v ACI Operations New Zealand Ltd AK AC 34/06 [PDF, 71 KB] 
[29 June 2006]

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Media advisories

To assist media reporting occasional advisory notes will be issued.

Media advisories 2007

National Distribution Union Inc v General Distributors Ltd AK AC 7/07 [PDF, 32 KB] 
[16 February 2007]

Media advisories 2006

National Distribution Union & Anor v General Distributors Ltd & Anor AK AC 49/06  [PDF, 8.2 KB]
[4 September 2006]

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