Articles: Primary Industries

Mycoplasma Bovis and Compensation

24 May 2018

MPI confirmed on 26 March 2018 that all stock on properties infected with M Bovis will be culled. Stock on properties under a restricted place notice or notices of direction will not be culled.

The actions taken by MPI are set out under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and this Act allows for farmers affected to be compensated for verifiable losses.


Tit for Tat

1 September 2017

Mr N was working on a dairy farm in Hokitika for Mr H and Ms G. The employers had recruited Mr N from the Ukraine and he had brought over his wife, who was expecting their first child.

Mr N started on 5 June and all had gone well until things started to deteriorate around October. On 11 November the employers raised several concerns with Mr N’s ability to follow instructions and they held a disciplinary meeting with him. Mr N received a formal written warning.


What is a Legal Executive?

23 August 2017

A Legal Executive is a person who works as a trained assistant to a lawyer in a legal environment and belongs to the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. A Registered Legal Executive is one who is registered with the Institute and is a member of the Institute.


Employment Obligations - Time for a Warrant of Fitness

18 August 2017

The fact that dairy farm workers, in particular, often work longer hours than usual over spring makes it important for farmers to be vigilant during this time in ensuring they meet their legal obligations. We have written articles that have addressed this very point on a number of occasions. But the issue continues to rear its head.


Service Tenancies - What you should know

10 March 2017

A ‘service tenancy’ is where an Employer provides an Employee with a property to live in during the period of employment. Service tenancies are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act so the standard rules for Landlords and Tenants apply, however there are a couple of distinct differences each party should be aware of.