Over the fence

New minimum wage; Vaccine mandate ends: how this will affect the rural sector; Russia Sanctions Act: the impact on the rural sector.


Forestry update

Forestry is attracting a great deal of interest and opportunity right now. This rapidly growing area faces challenges in terms of public opinion, regulation and general understanding. With all that is going on, where does this leave the agricultural sector in terms of sequestering carbon and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)? We update you on some current issues.

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He Waka Eke Noa

He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) is a partnership established to reduce the emissions generated by the primary sector. It works to equip farmers to measure, manage and reduce on-farm agriculture greenhouse emissions and to provide sustainable farming practices for future generations.

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Property briefs

In this edition’s property brief we look at: Updates to the ADLS Agreement – important for buyers and sellers; Building in the Covid landscape; Harsh CCCFA provisions relaxed.

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Not sure of your boundary?

All property owners, whether commercial or residential, must ensure that any structure on their property is located within its legal boundaries.

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Resource consents

The Resource Management Act 1991 places restrictions on how your land can be used; this is done by the issuing of consents. If you are a property owner, or you lease premises to operate your business, we explain the various types of consent that you may come across from time to time.

Where there is a will, what is the way?

A child (of whatever age) can make a claim against the estate of their parent under the Family Protection Act 1955 (FPA) if their parent dies and makes insufficient provision for them in their will. What happens, however, when a parent dies and their children aren’t aware of the fact? We also discuss the Law Commission’s report on succession law that has some specific recommendations for family claims on an estate.

Caring for Kiwis who cannot make decisions for themselves

Britney Spears’ conservatorship has now been formally ended. Since then, she has made a number of specific allegations against her conservators. We discuss how these issues would be dealt with in a New Zealand context.

Gift or loan?

The importance of properly documenting advances between family members. The trusty Kiwi “She’ll be right” approach is often manifested in a reluctance to formally document intra-family lending arrangements. In this article, we look at three different scenarios that are based on Maddy’s story.

Business briefs

Charges against Bunnings dismissed; Directors found trading recklessly may face multiple fines; Important upcoming legislation drafted.