1.1 “Seller” means Sort I.T. Computer Services, its successors and assigns or any person acting on behalf of and with the authority of Sort I.T. Computer Services.
1.2 “Customer” means the person/s buying the Goods as specified in any invoice, document or order, and if there is more than one Customer is a reference to each Customer jointly and severally.
1.3 “Goods” means all Goods or Services supplied by the Seller to the Customer at the Customer’s request from time to time (where the context so permits the terms ‘Goods’ or ‘Services’ shall be interchangeable for the other).
1.4 “Price” means the Price payable for the Goods and Services as agreed between the Seller and the Customer in accordance with clause 4 below.
2.1 The Customer is taken to have exclusively accepted and is immediately bound, jointly and severally, by these terms and conditions if the Customer places an order for or accepts delivery of the Goods.
2.2 These terms and conditions may only be amended with the Seller’s consent in writing and shall prevail to the extent of any inconsistency with any other document or agreement between the Customer and the Seller.
3. Change in Control
3.1 The Customer shall give the Seller not less than twelve (12) days prior written notice of any proposed change of ownership of the Customer and/or any other change in the Customer’s details (including but not limited to, changes in the Customer’s name, address, contact phone, or business practice). The Customer shall be liable for any loss incurred by the Seller as a result of the Customer’s failure to comply with this clause.
4. Price and Payment Resolution
4.1 At the Seller’s sole discretion the Price shall be either:
(a) as indicated on any invoice provided by the Seller to the Customer; or
(b) the Price as at the date of delivery of the Goods according to the Seller’s current price list; or
(c) the Seller’s quoted price (subject to clause 4.2) which will be valid for the period stated in the quotation or
otherwise for a period of thirty (30) days.
4.2 The Seller reserves the right to change the Price if a variation to the Seller’s quotation is requested. Any variation from the plan of scheduled works or specifications (including, but not limited to, any variation as a result of
additional works required due to hidden or unidentifiable difficulties or as a result of increases to the Seller in the cost of materials and labour) will be charged for on the basis of the Seller’s quotation and will be shown as variations on the invoice. Payment for all variations must be made in full at their time of completion.
4.3 At the Seller’s sole discretion a non-refundable deposit may be required.
4.4 Time for payment for the Goods being of the essence, the Price will be payable by the Customer on the date/s determined by the Seller, which may be:
(a) on delivery of the Goods;
(b) before delivery of the Goods;
(c) by way of instalments/progress payments in accordance with the Seller’s payment schedule;
(d) for certain approved Customer’s, due twenty (20) days following the end of the month in which a statement is posted to the Customer’s address or address for notices;
(e) the date specified on any invoice or other form as being the date for payment; or
(f) failing any notice to the contrary, the date which is seven (7) days following the date of any invoice given to the Customer by the Seller.
4.5 Payment may be made by cash, cheque, bank cheque, electronic/on-line banking, or by any other method as agreed to between the Customer and the Seller.
4.6 Unless otherwise stated the Price does not include GST. In addition to the Price the Customer must pay to the Seller an amount equal to any GST the Seller must pay for any supply by the Seller under this or any other
agreement for the sale of the Goods. The Customer must pay GST, without deduction or set off of any other
amounts, at the same time and on the same basis as the Customer pays the Price. In addition the Customer must pay any other taxes and duties that may be applicable in addition to the Price except where they are expressly included in the Price.
4.7 If payment in full is not received by the date specified, Sort I.T. Computer Services will not be responsible for the outstanding debt as it will be passed on to a Debt Recovery Service. Your name may also be put on the Veda Registry which will affect your credit rating within NZ, additional charges may also be incurred.
Please make all cheques payable to Sort I.T. Computer Services. Direct Bank Credit: Kiwibank – acc: Sort I.T. Computers - acc #: 38-9014-0538654-00. Please use invoice number as reference.
5. Delivery of Goods
5.1 Delivery (“Delivery”) of the Goods is taken to occur at the time that:
(a) the Customer or the Customer’s nominated carrier takes possession of the Goods at the Seller’s address; or (b) the Seller (or the Seller’s nominated carrier) delivers the Goods to the Customer’s nominated address even if the Customer is not present at the address.
5.2 At the Seller’s sole discretion the cost of delivery is either included in the Price or is in addition to the Price.
5.3 The Customer must take delivery by receipt or collection of the Goods whenever they are tendered for delivery. In the event that the Customer is unable to take delivery of the Goods as arranged then the Seller shall be entitled to charge a reasonable fee for redelivery and/or storage.
5.4 Any time or date given by the Seller to the Customer is an estimate only. The Customer must still accept delivery of the Goods even if late and the Seller will not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by the Customer as a result of the delivery being late.
6.1 Risk of damage to or loss of the Goods passes to the Customer on Delivery and the Customer must insure the Goods on or before Delivery.
6.2 If any of the Goods are damaged or destroyed following delivery but prior to ownership passing to the Customer, the Seller is entitled to receive all insurance proceeds payable for the Goods. The production of these terms and conditions by the Seller is sufficient evidence of the Seller’s rights to receive the insurance proceeds without the need for any person dealing with the Seller to make further enquiries.
6.3 If the Customer requests the Seller to leave Goods outside the Seller’s premises for collection or to deliver the Goods to an unattended location then such Goods shall be left at the Customer’s sole risk.
7.1 The Customer shall ensure that the Seller has clear and free access to the work site at all times to enable them to undertake the works. The Seller shall not be liable for any loss or damage to the site (including, without limitation, damage to pathways, driveways and concreted or paved or grassed areas) unless due to the negligence of the Seller.
8.1 The Seller and the Customer agree that ownership of the Goods shall not pass until:
(a) the Customer has paid the Seller all amounts owing to the Seller; and
(b) the Customer has met all of its other obligations to the Seller.
8.2 Receipt by the Seller of any form of payment other than cash shall not be deemed to be payment until that form of payment has been honoured, cleared or recognised.
8.3 It is further agreed that:
(a) until ownership of the Goods passes to the Customer in accordance with clause 8.1 that the Customer is only a bailee of the Goods and must return the Goods to the Seller on request.
(b) the Customer holds the benefit of the Customer’s insurance of the Goods on trust for the Seller and must pay to the Seller the proceeds of any insurance in the event of the Goods being lost, damaged or destroyed.
(c) the Customer must not sell, dispose, or otherwise part with possession of the Goods other than in the ordinary course of business and for market value. If the Customer sells, disposes or parts with possession of the Goods then the Customer must hold the proceeds of any such act on trust for the Seller and must pay or deliver the proceeds to the Seller on demand.
(d) the Customer should not convert or process the Goods or intermix them with other goods but if the Customer does so then the Customer holds the resulting product on trust for the benefit of the Seller and must sell, dispose of or return the resulting product to the Seller as it so directs.
(e) the Customer irrevocably authorises the Seller to enter any premises where the Seller believes the Goods are kept and recover possession of the Goods.
(f) the Seller may recover possession of any Goods in transit whether or not delivery has occurred.
(g) the Customer shall not charge or grant an encumbrance over the Goods nor grant nor otherwise give away any interest in the Goods while they remain the property of the Seller.
(h) the Seller may commence proceedings to recover the Price of the Goods sold notwithstanding that ownership of the Goods has not passed to the Customer.
9. Personal Property Securities Act 1999 (“PPSA”)
9.1 Upon assenting to these terms and conditions in writing the Customer acknowledges and agrees that:
(a) these terms and conditions constitute a security agreement for the purposes of the PPSA; and
(b) a security interest is taken in all Goods previously supplied by the Seller to the Customer (if any) and all Goods that will be supplied in the future by the Seller to the Customer.
9.2 The Customer undertakes to:
(a) sign any further documents and/or provide any further information (such information to be complete, accurate and up-to-date in all respects) which the Seller may reasonably require to register a financing statement or financing change statement on the Personal Property Securities Register;
(b) indemnify, and upon demand reimburse, the Seller for all expenses incurred in registering a financing statement or financing change statement on the Personal Property Securities Register or releasing any Goods charged thereby;
(c) not register a financing change statement or a change demand without the prior written consent of the Seller; and
(d) immediately advise the Seller of any material change in its business practices of selling the Goods which would result in a change in the nature of proceeds derived from such sales.
9.3 The Seller and the Customer agree that nothing in sections 114(1)(a), 133 and 134 of the PPSA shall apply to these terms and conditions.
9.4 The Customer waives its rights as a debtor under sections 116, 120(2), 121, 125, 126, 127, 129, 131 and 132 of the PPSA.
9.5 Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the Seller, the Customer waives its right to receive a verification statement in accordance with section 148 of the PPSA.
9.6 The Customer shall unconditionally ratify any actions taken by the Seller under clauses 9.1 to 9.5.
10. Security and Charge
10.1 In consideration of the Seller agreeing to supply the Goods, the Customer charges all of its rights, title and interest (whether joint or several) in any land, realty or other assets capable of being charged, owned by the Customer either now or in the future, to secure the performance by the Customer of its obligations under these terms and conditions (including, but not limited to, the payment of any money).
10.2 The Customer indemnifies the Seller from and against all the Seller’s costs and disbursements including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis incurred in exercising the Seller’s rights under this clause.
10.3 The Customer irrevocably appoints the Seller and each director of the Seller as the Customer’s true and lawful attorney/s to perform all necessary acts to give effect to the provisions of this clause 10 including, but not limited to, signing any document on the Customer’s behalf.
11. Customer’s Disclaimer
11.1 The Customer hereby disclaims any right to rescind, or cancel any contract with the Seller or to sue for damages or to claim restitution arising out of any inadvertent misrepresentation made to the Customer by the Seller and the Customer acknowledges that the Goods are bought relying solely upon the Customer’s skill and judgment.
12.1 The Customer shall inspect the Goods on delivery and shall within seven (7) days of delivery (time being of the essence) notify the Seller of any alleged defect, shortage in quantity, damage or failure to comply with the description or quote. The Customer shall afford the Seller an opportunity to inspect the Goods within a reasonable time following delivery if the Customer believes the Goods are defective in any way. If the Customer shall fail to comply with these provisions the Goods shall be presumed to be free from any defect or damage. For defective Goods, which the Seller has agreed in writing that the Customer is entitled to reject, the Seller’s liability is limited to either (at the Seller’s discretion) replacing the Goods or repairing the Goods.
12.2 Goods will not be accepted for return other than in accordance with 12.1 above.
13.1 Returns will only be accepted provided that:
(a) the Customer has complied with the provisions of clause 12.1; and
(b) the Seller has agreed in writing to accept the return of the Goods; and
(c) the Goods are returned at the Customer’s cost within seven (7) days of the delivery date; and
(d) the Seller will not be liable for Goods which have not been stored or used in a proper manner; and
(e) the Goods are returned in the condition in which they were delivered and with all packaging material, brochures and instruction material in as new condition as is reasonably possible in the circumstances.
13.2 Non-stocklist items or Goods made to the Customer’s specifications are under no circumstances acceptable for credit or return.
14.1 Subject to the conditions of warranty set out in clause 14.2 the Seller warrants that if any defect in any
workmanship of the Seller becomes apparent and is reported to the Seller within twelve (12) months of the date of delivery (time being of the essence) then the Seller will either (at the Seller’s sole discretion) replace or remedy the workmanship.
14.2 The conditions applicable to the warranty given by clause 14.1 are:
(a) the warranty shall not cover any defect or damage which may be caused or partly caused by or arise through:
(i) failure on the part of the Customer to properly maintain any Goods; or
(ii) failure on the part of the Customer to follow any instructions or guidelines provided by the Seller; or
(iii) any use of any Goods otherwise than for any application specified on a quote or order form; or
(iv) the continued use of any Goods after any defect becomes apparent or would have become apparent to a
reasonably prudent operator or user; or
(v) fair wear and tear, any accident or act of God.
(b) the warranty shall cease and the Seller shall thereafter in no circumstances be liable under the terms of the warranty if the workmanship is repaired, altered or overhauled without the Seller’s consent.
(c) in respect of all claims the Seller shall not be liable to compensate the Customer for any delay in either
replacing or remedying the workmanship or in properly assessing the Customer’s claim.
14.3 For Goods not manufactured by the Seller, the warranty shall be the current warranty provided by the manufacturer of the Goods. The Seller shall not be bound by nor be responsible for any term, condition, representation or warranty other than that which is given by the manufacturer of the Goods.
15. Consumer Guarantees Act 1993
15.1 If the Customer is acquiring Goods for the purposes of a trade or business, the Customer acknowledges that the provisions of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 do not apply to the supply of Goods by the Seller to the Customer.
16. Intellectual Property
16.1 Where the Seller has designed, drawn or developed Goods for the Customer, then the copyright in any designs and drawings and documents shall remain the property of the Seller.
16.2 The Customer warrants that all designs, specifications or instructions given to the Seller will not cause the Seller to infringe any patent, registered design or trademark in the execution of the Customer’s order and the Customer agrees to indemnify the Seller against any action taken by a third party against the Seller in respect of any such infringement.
16.3 The Customer agrees that the Seller may (at no cost) use for the purposes of marketing or entry into any
competition, any documents, designs, drawings or Goods which the Seller has created for the Customer.
17. Default and Consequences of Default
17.1 Interest on overdue invoices shall accrue daily from the date when payment becomes due, until the date of payment, at a rate of two and a half percent (2.5%) per calendar month (and at the Seller’s sole discretion such interest shall compound monthly at such a rate) after as well as before any judgment.
17.2 If the Customer owes the Seller any money the Customer shall indemnify the Seller from and against all costs and disbursements incurred by the Seller in recovering the debt (including but not limited to internal administration fees, legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis, the Seller’s collection agency costs, and bank dishonour fees).
17.3 Without prejudice to any other remedies the Seller may have, if at any time the Customer is in breach of any obligation (including those relating to payment) under these terms and conditions the Seller may suspend or terminate the supply of Goods to the Customer. The Seller will not be liable to the Customer for any loss or damage the Customer suffers because the Seller has exercised its rights under this clause.
17.4 Without prejudice to the Seller’s other remedies at law the Seller shall be entitled to cancel all or any part of any order of the Customer which remains unfulfilled and all amounts owing to the Seller shall, whether or not due for payment, become immediately payable if:
(a) any money payable to the Seller becomes overdue, or in the Seller’s opinion the Customer will be unable to make a payment when it falls due;
(b) the Customer becomes insolvent, convenes a meeting with its creditors or proposes or enters into an
arrangement with creditors, or makes an assignment for the benefit of its creditors; or
(c) a receiver, manager, liquidator (provisional or otherwise) or similar person is appointed in respect of the
Customer or any asset of the Customer.
18. Dispute Resolution
18.1 If a dispute arises between the parties to this contract then either party shall send to the other party a notice of dispute in writing adequately identifying and providing details of the dispute. Within fourteen (14) days after service of a notice of dispute, the parties shall confer at least once, to attempt to resolve the dispute. At any such conference each party shall be represented by a person having authority to agree to a resolution of the dispute. In the event that the dispute cannot be so resolved either party may by further notice in writing delivered by hand or sent by certified mail to the other party refer such dispute to arbitration. Any arbitration shall be:
(a) referred to a single arbitrator to be nominated by the President of the Institute of Arbitrators Australia; and (b) conducted in accordance with the Institute of Arbitrators Australia Rules for the Conduct of Commercial Arbitration.
19.1 The Seller may cancel any contract to which these terms and conditions apply or cancel delivery of Goods at any time before the Goods are delivered by giving written notice to the Customer. On giving such notice the Seller shall repay to the Customer any money paid by the Customer for the Goods. The Seller shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from such cancellation.
19.2 In the event that the Customer cancels delivery of Goods the Customer shall be liable for any and all loss incurred (whether direct or indirect) by the Seller as a direct result of the cancellation (including, but not limited to, any loss of profits).
19.3 Cancellation of orders for Goods made to the Customer’s specifications, or for non-stocklist items, will definitely not be accepted once production has commenced, or an order has been placed.
20. Privacy Act 1993
20.1 The Customer authorises the Seller or the Seller’s agent to:
(a) access, collect, retain and use any information about the Customer;
(i) (including any overdue fines balance information held by the Ministry of Justice) for the purpose of assessing the Customer’s creditworthiness; or
(ii) for the purpose of marketing products and services to the Customer.
(b) disclose information about the Customer, whether collected by the Seller from the Customer directly or obtained by the Seller from any other source, to any other credit provider or any credit reporting agency for the purposes of providing or obtaining a credit reference, debt collection or notifying a default by the Customer.
20.2 Where the Customer is an individual the authorities under clause 20.1 are authorities or consents for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1993.
20.3 The Customer shall have the right to request the Seller for a copy of the information about the Customer retained by the Seller and the right to request the Seller to correct any incorrect information about the Customer held by the Seller.
21. Unpaid Seller’s Rights
21.1 Where the Customer has left any item with the Seller for repair, modification, exchange or for the Seller to perform any other service in relation to the item and the Seller has not received or been tendered the whole of any moneys owing to it by the Customer, the Seller shall have, until all moneys owing to the Seller are paid:
(a) a lien on the item; and
(b) the right to retain or sell the item, such sale to be undertaken in accordance with any legislation applicable to the sale or disposal of uncollected goods.
21.2 The lien of the Seller shall continue despite the commencement of proceedings, or judgment for any moneys owing to the Seller having been obtained against the Customer.
22.1 The failure by the Seller to enforce any provision of these terms and conditions shall not be treated as a waiver of that provision, nor shall it affect the Seller’s right to subsequently enforce that provision. If any provision of these terms and conditions shall be invalid, void, illegal or unenforceable the validity, existence, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be affected, prejudiced or impaired.
22.2 These terms and conditions and any contract to which they apply shall be governed by the laws of New Zealand and are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand.
22.3 The Seller shall be under no liability whatsoever to the Customer for any indirect and/or consequential loss and/or expense (including loss of profit) suffered by the Customer arising out of a breach by the Seller of these terms and conditions (alternatively the Seller’s liability shall be limited to damages which under no circumstances shall exceed the Price of the Goods).
22.4 The Customer shall not be entitled to set off against, or deduct from the Price, any sums owed or claimed to be owed to the Customer by the Seller nor to withhold payment of any invoice because part of that invoice is in dispute.
22.5 The Seller may license or sub-contract all or any part of its rights and obligations without the Customer’s consent.
22.6 The Customer agrees that the Seller may amend these terms and conditions at any time. If the Seller makes a change to these terms and conditions, then that change will take effect from the date on which the Seller notifies the Customer of such change. The Customer will be taken to have accepted such changes if the Customer makes a further request for the Seller to provide Goods to the Customer.
22.7 Neither party shall be liable for any default due to any act of God, war, terrorism, strike, lock-out, industrial action, fire, flood, storm or other event beyond the reasonable control of either party.
22.8 The Customer warrants that it has the power to enter into this agreement and has obtained all necessary authorisations to allow it to do so, it is not insolvent and that this agreement creates binding and valid legal obligations on it.