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Published 21st August 2019 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

Significant changes post-M.bovis
The NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) system was first introduced in 2012 and came into effect progressively until it was fully implemented on 29 February 2016.

Any completely new system is likely to need a review after being in operation for a period of time. Within 18 months of NAIT’s final implementation date, the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis in this country gave the regime a real test and, not surprisingly, the system was found wanting in some respects.

Published 21st August 2019 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

Complex task ahead
In contrast to the review of the NAIT system that we discuss on the previous article, it will be challenging for the government to get a consensus on the recently announced review of the resource management system. The four leading political parties have differing views on how to manage resource management issues. In particular, the Coalition government has three partners – all of which have somewhat contrasting policy positions.

Published 22nd March 2019 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

What is the government proposing?
The Minister for Land Information, the Hon Eugenie Sage, announced on 17 February this year that the ‘tenure review’ of Crown pastoral land under the Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998 (CPLA) would end. She introduced a discussion document entitled ‘Enduring Stewardship of Crown Pastoral Land’ that sets out a number of proposals in relation to Crown pastoral land. Public feedback is sought on:

• The implications of ending the tenure review
• The outcomes the Crown is seeking for Crown pastoral land, and
• What changes should be made to the Crown Pastoral Land regulatory system to achieve those outcomes.

Submissions should be made by 5pm on Friday 12 April 2019.

Published 22nd March 2019 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

Review due in May
The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) were first proposed in 2010. Following a period of consultation, the Standards came into effect on 1 May 2018, with a review due in 12 months after that (May 2019) to ascertain whether or not they are being successfully implemented.

Ironically, the NES-PF came into effect a month before torrential rain north of Gisborne in the Tolaga Bay area in June 2018. This storm caused flooding which led to tonnes of forestry debris being strewn across farms and blocking rivers. The cleanup was expected to cost around $10 million and to take up to a year to complete. The cost and responsibility for this cleanup is still being determined.

Published 22nd March 2019 by Sarah Heald, Dorrington Poole

The government reviews the minimum wage each year.

On 1 April 2019 the adult minimum wage will increase from $16.50/hour to $17.70/hour. The starting out and training minimum wage will increase from $13.20/hour to $14.16/hour. The government has also set indicative rates of $18.90/hour from 1 April 2020 and to $20.00/hour from 1 April 2021. These rates will be subject to each year’s annual review

We recommend you review all wage and salary structures to ensure your employees are paid at least the minimum wage at all times for hours worked.

Published 17th December 2018 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

The legal implications of diversifying your farming operationAgri-tourism and food are growing sectors in New Zealand.

Published 17th December 2018 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

One of the perennial problems that farmers face is that of stock wandering or stock getting out and interfering with, or causing damage to, neighbouring properties.

Published 17th December 2018 by Sarah Heald, Dorrington Poole

Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) continues to be a real concern for the farming industry in New Zealand.If you are thinking of entering into legal arrangements for the sale and purchase...

Published 23rd August 2018 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

Biosecurity issues never seem to be far from the news these days. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for biosecurity in New Zealand and gets its powers in relation...

Published 23rd August 2018 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

Our ability to access the ‘great outdoors’ in New Zealand is seen as something of a citizen’s right.