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Obligations of working dog owners; MPI: Animal welfare checks; Firearms Registry opened 24 June 2023

Emissions Trading Scheme

The ETS is the primary regime used to achieve the government’s long-term commitment to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. The government has now acknowledged that the current framework is not perfect and the ETS must adapt. In June, two discussion papers were released as part of the government’s consultation process; we outline the proposed changes.

Windmill Surrounded by Grass Field

Freshwater farm plans

Freshwater farm plans are part of the Essential Fresh water package introduced by the government in 2020. We discuss what is required of farm plans that will be rolled out by region over the next two years.

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Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 now amended; Affordable Water Reform replaces Three Waters; Cyclone Gabrielle: animal welfare management

Leased land impacted by Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle

The damage caused to land by the recent weather events across New Zealand has raised concerns about the ongoing viability of leased land that has been impacted by these storms.

Severe Weather Emergency Legislation Act 2023

The severe weather events this year, in particular Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle, highlighted the need to amend some legislation to assist recovery and improve resilience for areas that have been impacted.

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Increase in Recognised Seasonal Employer visas; Updates to intensive winter grazing requirements; Proposed changes to the dairy and cattle code of welfare

Protecting productive land

Over the next three years, every regional council must map any land that is designated ‘highly productive land’.

Trusts and succession

The Trusts Act 2019 imposes mandatory and default duties on trustees. We give trusties a steer on how to plan for this situation.

Gifford Devine - Over the Fence

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Health and safety responsibilities; Stock control bylaw changes; Live export contracts and force majeure clauses