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8 Rural Law Articles

WWOOFERS, volunteers or employees?

Recent Labour Inspectorate investigations found New Zealand employers are taking advantage of schemes such as Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOFers). These schemes generally involve seeking travellers working for free in exchange for accommodation, and sometimes food.
Many employers were incorrectly treating such workers as volunteers in order to save ...

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Rural fires - who pays?

Costs associated with fighting fires in rural areas can be massive so it pays to ensure property owners review their current insurance policies to make sure they are covered.

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Farm succession planning

There is an old saying “a failure to plan is a plan to fail”. In other words if farm succession is important to a farming family then it is vital to commence the planning process as early as possible. It is never too early (or too late for that matter ...

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Recent changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme

Forestry (including farm forestry) was the first sector to join the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). As a result, owners of forests may have obligations to account for Emission Trading Units (ETUs) if they deforest or change land uses away from forestry.

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