Limited Licenses

What is a limited license?

A limited license is authorised by the provisions of the Land Transport Act 1998 to relieve the applicant of extreme hardship or his employer of undue hardship occasioned by the loss of a license

They are not available in certain circumstances of repeat offending committed within five years of the date of commission of the latest offence.

They are not a general permission to drive without restriction.  The terms of the license specify the slightest degree to which the hardship can be abated.

If you need a limited license then contact us on the email link 

Do I have to attend Court?

Applicants are required to attend Court on the date of the application unless otherwise advised.  Generally the Court will deal with Limited License applications at the commencement of sitting, so that it is unlikely that you will be significantly delayed at Court if the order is not opposed.

What are the costs involved?

Our fee for preparing an application for a limited license is extremely competitive and can be discussed on receiving your inquiry.   In addition to our fee there is a Court filing fee of up to $200.00

Finally there is also a $50 sealing fee for the issue of the plastic license by the Land Transport Safety Authority.

A limited license can be usually obtained for less than $1,000 in cases where you require representation in addition to preparation of the application and supporting documents.

Alternately if you want to do it yourself we can assist you to prepare the necessary paperwork for $450 plus g.s.t.  In such a case we do not appear for you, you appear for yourself and so you save the cost associated with that.

Our fees must be paid on completion of the documentation or the filing of the application if we are to represent you in Court.

Are all applications opposed by the Police?

As part of the process of seeking the application we will liaise with the Police to ensure that the application proceeds smoothly.  In the event there are problems they are invariably ironed out prior to the Court date.

In the event that the Police oppose the order we will advise you immediately.

In such a case should you wish to proceed in the face of opposition there will be an additional fee based on time and attendance at Court.

However on the basis of experience of over 30 years we have a good understanding of what is required by the Police and the sort of things that they have concerns for.  We are therefore able to anticipate any likely trouble once we have the information required.

You will have the option once opposition is signalled to discontinue the application should you so desire to minimise your costs.

What is the time frame?

There is a compulsory stand down of one month for applications that are the result of a conviction under the Land Transport Act 1998.

If your license has been lost as a result of a demerit point disqualification you may apply immediately you are advised of the disqualification. In such a case you will require to produce the letter from the LTSA when obtaining the license following the order of the Curt.

Generally speaking the Police require at least one week to consider an application so as to be able to verify information provided and consider the extent of the draft order submitted.

We endeavour to draft applications and have them returned for perusal within two days of receiving the completed forms with the information required.

Employment Law


Effective management of employment and industrial issues is critical to the success of any business.

In New Zealand’s competitive business environment, awareness of the complex legislation and regulations governing their relationship between employer and employee is an absolute necessity.

For Employers

Hine Eagle offers practical and effective advice to employers in the following areas:

  • Entering into employment relationships/ agreements;

  • Ongoing monitoring of the relationship, reviews and disciplinary processes as well as adapting to legislative changes;

  • Dealing with disciplinary matters and personal grievances raised by employees;

  • Advising and circumstances relating to redundancy.

The failure to appreciate Employer obligations or obtain competent advice can result in incorrect procedures being adopted when dealing with disciplinary matters or termination of employment relationships.

For Employees

We offer advice to employees of their legal rights and options through all stages of their employment relationship, including commencement (employment relations agreements), disputes that may arise during the employment relationship and the prospect of personal grievances arising from disciplinary action, harassment and unjustified dismissal and/or redundancy.

Accident Compensation (ACC)

New Zealand removed the right to sue for personal injury many years ago after receiving the 1967 report of the Woodhouse Royal Commission of Inquiry on Accident Compensation and acting on its recommendations.

The full text of the report and its recommendations can be found  by clicking here.

Acting on that report, Parliament removed the right to sue (in all but the most serious contumelious cases) and replaced it with a comprehensive system for dealing with personal injury.

As with many areas of law, Parliament, having removed the right to sue, has then set about restricting the right to receive the benefit of the coverage under the Act and the extent of entitlements that are available.

The Accident Compensation Corporation has been established, ostensibly, to support and rehabilitate people who have accidents. This includes personal injuries caused by accidents, medical and treatment errors, workplace accidents and various other areas.

Coverage does not extend to cover pre-existing and/or degenerative conditions, infections or diseases, or accidents outside New Zealand, except in very specific and limited circumstances.

Regrettably this area of the law has become a hostage (as in many other areas) to Treasury and to an implicit underlying notion that most claimants are in some way attempting to defraud the system or to gain advantages to which they are not entitled.

Rather than repealing the system and restoring the right of individuals to again sue for personal injury, Parliament dominated by the Executive branch of government, re victimize many prone individuals by imposing a system and structure that many are helpless or ill equipped to battle.

It is our experience that most ACC claimants are honest people blighted by injury that wish only to be rehabilitated and return to work as quickly and expeditiously as possible.

Our commitment is to helping our clients correct errors in the administration of the Act so as to receive the entitlements to which they are due and to correct the huge imbalance in effective representation and the corporate inertia that often blocks that access to proper entitlements and treatment.

If you wish to review a decision declining coverage or treatment or an assessment has been made of your capabilities that you consider to be unreasonable, unfair or untrue then please contact us and we may be able to assist.