Rural and agribusiness updates

Farm tenancies
26 Aug 20

Where an employer provides an employee with accommodation during their employment, the arrangement is referred to as a service tenancy. As an employer or farm owner, it is important to be aware that you must comply with the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (Act) and you ...

Agritech sector to get a push
26 Aug 20

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor on 21 July 2020 announced the launch of an Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) to transform and grow New Zealand’s agritech sector. The ITP was co-developed with farming and agritech industry representatives by a multi-agency taskforce ...

Bringing in an equity investor into your agribusiness – issues that arise
26 Aug 20

Many in the agri sector are currently considering the possibility of bringing in an investor into their business for a variety of reasons. The farmer, horticulturist, or another agribusiness may need further capital to sure up the balance sheet as the banks become more conservative, ...

Freshwater reforms confirmed
26 Aug 20

The Government’s Essential Freshwater work programme seeks to restore and protect freshwater bodies throughout New Zealand, and has been a focus of debate for several years. The outcomes of this programme have now been confirmed, with the following legislative and policy changes being passed into ...

Changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001
26 Aug 20

The Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill (No 3) (Bill) was granted Royal Assent on 24 July 2020 and has now become law. The Bill amends the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 (Act) which enabled Fonterra to be established almost 20 years ago. The Bill was ...

Advantages of limited partnerships in the primary sector
26 Aug 20

Limited partnerships have been in New Zealand for over a decade. More and more they offer advantages over a company in some situations. The nature of limited partnerships Limited partnerships are essentially incorporated partnerships. There is a lot of flexibility (and relatively few rules) about ...

Government taking action on agricultural emissions
19 Jul 19

The Government has released details of its proposals for lowering agricultural emissions and is now seeking your feedback. Reducing agricultural emissions is a key part of the Government’s plans to transition to a low-emission economy and achieve its 2050 targets in the Zero Carbon Bill. ...

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Richard Greenaway

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