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ISSUE 25 Summer 2017 

Rural eSpeaking

Farm Management Plans

A new (uncertain) dawn for farmers One of the hot issues in the recent election capaign was raising the water standards in our rivers and lakes. With regional authorities being responsible for implementing the government’s water standards policy, it’s imperative you understand your local rules.

Loan Documents

Read the fine print, there could be some surprises Whether you like it or not, you will probably need to fund your farming operations with borrowing from one of New Zealand’s main trading banks. The natural assumption of most borrowers is that provided they meet their repayments, then the bank will be happy; the terms and conditions are just ‘fine print’ … This isn’t the case. It’s essential that you know exactly the bank’s requirements of your farming operation.

Over the Fence

New government-endorsed health and safety toolkit now available SafePlus, a new government-developed and endorsed health and safety toolkit, is now available to all New Zealand businesses, including those in the rural sector.

Casual or fixed-term employment?

Be careful The summer holidays often see a mix of casual and fixed-term employees working on the farm. You must have a written employment agreement in place from the outset for both types of employees. The consequences of getting it wrong can be expensive.

Hefty penalties in first decision of new health and safety regime The first sentencing under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has been released. The decision in WorkSafe New Zealand v Budget Plastics (New Zealand) Ltd saw the court impose hefty penalties for breaches of the new legislation.

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