News & Events
Keep up to date with what's happening in New Zealand Rural Law, and what's new at WRMK
Farmers as Employers - Dealing with Timesheets
September 21, 2016
As farms both within Northland and nationwide become larger and staffing numbers naturally increase, farmers are continuing to grapple with increasing regulatory compliance and their role as employers. Farmers often hear that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is focusing on farmers as employers and wonder what their obligations actually are and how best to meet them.
Joint Tenancy vs Tenancy in Common
December 23, 2014
There are two ownership structures available to people who want to own a property in their personal names:
Lochinvar, the OIA and the lessons from Crafar
August 27, 2014
Before “Dirty Politics” emerged as the story of the forthcoming election, overseas investment in New Zealand farm land was the issue in the spotlight.
Health and Safety Reforms
July 02, 2014
The changes have taken a significant step forward with the Health and Safety Reform Bill which was introduced to parliament on 10 March 2014 and is currently before the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee.
Farm succession planning – take a step back and look forward
September 04, 2013
It’s little wonder that farm succession planning is in the “too-hard basket” for many farmers, with relatively high rural property prices making it very difficult for the next generation of farmers to buy out other family members at market value.
Where does your effluent go?
March 21, 2012
Regional Councils are constrained by the Resource Management Act when developing regional plans, and are required to consider activities that may affect the environment.
High Court ruling on Milk NZ Holding Ltd judicial review
February 16, 2012
Following the High Courts decision in this matter on 15 February New Zealanders are watching with interest to see whether the Overseas Investment Office (“OIO”) amends its recommendation to the Ministers that they consent to Milk NZ Holding Ltd purchasing the Crafar farms.
Fonterra imposes requirement for supplying farmers to fence streams
February 13, 2012
In late 2011 Fonterra announced it will introduce a new requirement of farmers in its terms and condition of supply.
Sharemilking Agreements – Know what you’re getting yourself in to
February 13, 2012
It’s that time of year when farm-owners and sharemilkers are assessing where they are at and deciding where they want to be and doing next season.
Helmets on quad bikes: Nuisance or necessity?
October 12, 2011
Reports last week that Northland farmers are resisting calls to wear helmets when riding quad bikes on farms has caused concern with agencies such as ACC and Brain Injury Association Northland.
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De facto relationships – what does “living together as a couple” actually mean?
It’s generally well-understood that if you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally. However, what is less well-understood is the definition of “living together as a couple”. What exactly is a de facto relationship, are you in one, and if it ends, what happens to your stuff?
June 26, 2019
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