Succession planning is a vital task for the long term success of any family farming business, but it can be a daunting exercise. The following article considers four possible succession structures commonly used by farming families. 1.       Trusts Perhaps the most well-known option, placing farming property into a trust, provides the following benefits: protection for… Read More.

Recently, we were asked whether a lessee under a farm lease was allowed to grant a licence to a beekeeper for a honey venture. Was the landlord required to consent to this? Was it a breach of the lease if it had already been done? Surprisingly, there is very little case law on this issue.… Read More.

[Spring 2014] A enforcement order by the Environment Court should be a timely warning for dairy farmers to ensure their effluent management systems meet required standards and are capable of coping with expansion on-farm. In April 2014 the Environment Court issued an enforcement order against a Marlborough dairy farm owner prohibiting him from re-stocking for… Read More.

[Summer 2013] Gypsy Day 2011 in Southland saw the beginning of local government prosecutions dealing in ‘effluent’ or ‘animal waste’. Gypsy Day is an extremely busy time of year for farmers and solicitors with a rural practice, with large numbers of stock being moved between farms at this time. These prosecutions were the first nationally… Read More.

[Autumn 2014] When you live on a rural property or lifestyle block, fire has the potential to cause major damage. A Nelson couple felt the ramifications after a fire started from their lifestyle block and spread into an adjoining forestry block. The Fire Service and an adjoining forestry owner obtained a substantial court judgment against… Read More.

[Winter 2012] As farmland becomes more expensive and rental returns from leasing increase, farm leasing is becoming more attractive and prevalent. Farm owners looking to retire or work less now see leasing as a viable alternative to sale. Leasing provides a fixed income and protection against the inevitable fluctuations in return in the farming sector.… Read More.

[Winter 2010] There are some occupations where a perk of the job is cheap or ‘free’ accommodation provided by the employer. This type of arrangement is common for farm workers and for employees who work in hard-to-staff areas. Service tenancies Where an employer provides an employee with accommodation during their employment the arrangement is referred… Read More.