Shareholdings for employees or family members

Six things to consider when bringing an employee or a family member into your business by offering them a shareholding.

Over the Fence

Restructuring of the dairy industry and how MPI believes that change is needed for better processing capacity. Immigration changes to employer processes and visas that affect some employers and migrant workers. Animal welfare regulations reminder.

Action Plan for Healthy Waterways

Water quality is no new issue in Aotearoa New Zealand, but it is a growing one. On 31 October 2019, the government closed submissions on the Action Plan for Healthy Waterways. The Plan has since been referred to an independent advisory panel that will consider the public’s submissions and report back to the government. The panel consists of five members with expertise in a range of areas including dairy farming, environmental law, hydrology and water management.

On-farm Emissions Reduction

On 24 October 2019 the primary sector launched the ‘Primary Sector Climate Change Commitment: He Waka Eke Noa – our future in our hands to manage agricultural emissions.’

Gifford Devine Resource management system review

Resource management system review

In contrast to the review of the NAIT system that we discuss on page 2, it will be challenging for the government to get a consensus on the recently announced review of the resource management system.

Gifford Devine Nait review

NAIT review

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.


Property briefs

If you have read an agreement for sale and purchase, you are likely to have seen the term ‘building report condition’. But do you know what a building report condition actually allows you to do, and what it doesn’t?



Whatever the scale of your subdivision, there is a common thread of stages that need to be ticked off – we explain here what those steps are.


The secret lives of tenants

In May 2019 the Privacy Commissioner released guidelines intended to help landlords meet obligations under the Privacy Act 1993. Following concerns that some aspects are unduly restrictive or confusing, these guidelines are currently under review.


Is your shared driveway driving you nuts?

Shared driveways are regular hotbeds for disputes between neighbours. As demand for housing increases, and as sections are subdivided, shared driveways are going to become more common.