Publications

We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.
Farming is considered an essential service and is permitted to continue to operate over the lockdown period. Maintaining the supply chain is important for both New Zealand and the export market. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requires all businesses of more than five or more people ( More »
How does lockdown impact your responsibilities as a resource consent holder? Relevant industries: Construction, Quarrying, Industrial, and Farming With Alert Level 4 restrictions now in place – and only 48 hours to prepare for lockdown – questions arise for those operations that are not More »
Primary industries and some suppliers to them have been deemed an essential service, however they will need to follow strict rules to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is requiring assurances from industries and businesses which intend to continue to operate More »
The Government has released today a wide-ranging plan, which aims to “stop the degradation of our rivers and lakes, achieve a noticeable improvement in five years and restore our waterways within a generation.” The proposal document, Action for healthy waterways – A discussion More »
The Government has recently announced that it is to undertake a review of the Biosecurity Act 1993. The work will be carried out at the same time as the review of the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 (NAIT) which was started earlier in the year. Both Acts are to be reviewed More »
The submission period was short and public information sessions around the country were well attended by landowners seeking to understand the implications of policy options presented by Government to drive a reduction in agricultural emissions. The Government option, which builds on recommendations More »
The Ministry for the Environment released a discussion document on 16 July 2019, with policies building on the Interim Climate Change Committee’s ( ICCC ) recommendations for agricultural emissions (see here ). The Government’s preferred approach is that emissions are priced through the More »
Recap: Forestry planted after 1 January 1990 on land that was previously not in forest is eligible to be registered as post-1989 forest and to receive carbon credits (New Zealand Units or NZUs) for each year of growth and the carbon stored. It potentially offers a financial incentive to More »
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released a discussion document in November 2018 on the review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 ( DIRA ). DIRA regulates Fonterra’s role in the New Zealand dairy industry. It provides for the ability of farmers to enter and exit supply More »
As anyone involved in the rural industry will know, the impacts of the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) cattle disease are likely to be far reaching; regardless of whether it will eventually be eradicated or not. First found in the country in Oamaru in July 2017, M. bovis has to date been found on 25 More »
In this edition we look at: Reduced remedies for employees unjustifiably dismissed where a flawed procedure did not change the outcome. Crackdown on breach of employment law requirements: Enforcement action against dairy farmers. Farm bike safety: reminder that helmets must be worn on quad bikes More »