Waikato AgriBusiness News March 2020


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law firm wins

Federated Farmers contract

Debbie Lee and Sam Hood.

Hamilton law firm Norris Ward McKinnon has secured a major

contract with Federated Farmers in a win for the Waikato region.

The two-year contract

to provide legal advice

to the farming organisation’s

members nationwide

was awarded to Norris Ward

McKinnon based on its scale,

professionalism and rural

affinity, says Federated Farmers

general manager corporate

services Debbie Lee.

Lee ran the tender process

which saw the organisation

looking nationally for a provider

before deciding on Norris

Ward McKinnon in November.

They needed a firm with

the scale to provide a range

of information by phone, taking

in employment, health and

safety, tenancy and property

issues, among others.

The legal service is very

important to Federated Farmers.

It is used by members as

part of their membership benefit

package and is very popular.

Federated Farmers members

come from a range of farm

types, including dairy, meat,

wool, and arable production,

so it was important to find an

advisor company that had an

affinity with farmers and farming.

“Dealing with a farmer on

the phone, you've got to know

that that farmer might have

been up since 3am and had a

rough morning and they've got

an issue they’ve probably been

worrying about all night,” Lee


“The person giving the

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Ebbett Toyota and Power Farming’s Waikato stores have

teamed up to support the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

For a limited time when you purchase a used vehicle from Ebbett Toyota or

used machinery / equipment from a Power Farming Waikato store

$200 will be donated to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter*

Visit collab.ebbetttoyota.co.nz for more details

Morrinsville/ Te Awamutu


Hamilton / Morrinsville / Te Awamutu


Terms & Conditions: *$200 donation to be made when a used vehicle is purchased at an Ebbett Toyota store (Hamilton, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu) or used machinery/equipment valued at over $5,000+GST

is purchased from a Waikato Power Farming store (Morrinsville, Te Awamutu) between 1 February and 31 March 2020. The $200 will be made to Philips Search and Rescue Trust and is not exchangeable for

cash. These terms and conditions are subject to Toyota New Zealand’s General Terms and Conditions unless otherwise specified. One $200 donation is to be made per item sold.

A receipt of the donation is available to the customer for tax purposes from Philips Search and Rescue Trust if required.



Hamilton law firm wins

Federated Farmers contract

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advice on the phone needs to

have a natural understanding

of that background.

“We are really pleased. So

far it’s been working well,” she


Norris Ward McKinnon

managing partner Sam Hood

says it was clear to the firm

that Federated Farmers wanted

not just legal knowledge and

advice but a relationship.

“The concept of partnership

is really important to them

and the ability for us to not

only provide

this phone line

with really good

staff, but also

what was sitting

behind that - our

commitment to

learn a lot about

them and their

members and

actually work

with them as

partners,” he


“For us, it's

a massive privilege

- normally

when we're acting

for a client, we're also representing

Norris Ward McKinnon

and the legal profession,

but this phone line’s a bit different

because we're also representing

Federated Farmers.

“The way in which we deal

with the members has a massive

impact on their attitudes

towards Federated Farmers







and the value they are getting

out of their membership.

That's a massive privilege and


Practice Manager Carmen

Simmonds says the phones ran

hot on day one of the contract,

January 6, when they fielded

39 calls - and resolved them


“It was a very successful

day for the team, a baptism by


That number has since settled

down to about 15-20 calls

daily, and based on previous

years the firm can expect to

take up to 5000

in 2020.

The 0800

calls, which

typically take

15 minutes, are

triaged at Federated


London Street

office, two

blocks from

Norris Ward

McKinnon on

Victoria Street.

Hood says

most of the

enquiries are


and are generally

resolved on the spot.

As well as the phone

line, which operates from

8.30am-5pm on weekdays,

the agreement requires Norris

Ward McKinnon to review

and update contracts and

agreements Federated Farmers

offers its 12,500 members, and

also provide input into seminars,

publications and other


The firm is attending some

Federated Farmers meetings to

provide support and education

to members as well as being

alert to any broader developments

that could affect the


The team is also getting out

to farms to spend time with

Federated Farmers members,

including a sheep and beef

farm visit in February.

Norris Ward McKinnon has

dedicated a room in its offices

to the service, and it is staffed

throughout the day. Depending

on the nature of the inquiry,

sometimes a different lawyer

will be called on.

“Internally, we're really

well set up to deal with this

because we don't have a hierarchical

structure or culture,”

Hood says. “We've reduced

physical and other barriers to

people approaching others for

support. That makes it so much

easier to get the right answer to

the member in a short space of

time. It also means we can be

proactive not reactive.”

The relationship aligns

two organisations each with a

long and strong history: Norris

Ward McKinnon marked

its 100th anniversary last year

while Federated Farmers was

formed in 1945.

Hood says the relationship

is a validation of Norris Ward

McKinnon and its capabilities,

and is also a Waikato success


“It shows that Waikato firms

can compete with national law

firms and in some instances

provide a better offering to

iconic organisations like Federated

Farmers. That's the

Waikato success story to me.

“This is a region for growth

and I think large organisations

are starting to see that and the

value that Waikato businesses

can provide over national



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Local businesses team up to support

the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Ebbett Toyota and Power

Farming are both long

standing supporters of

the Waikato Westpac Rescue


The rescue helicopter service

touches on the lives of

thousands of local patients

every year. Annually the cost

of the service is $6.4 million,

with a portion coming from

the government and the shortfall

made up of donations

from individuals and partners

like Ebbett Toyota and Power


As two locally owned and

operated businesses in the

Waikato, they are proud to

have collaborated in bringing

this initiative to life. The initiative

is a campaign with the

offer of when you purchase a

used vehicle from Ebbett Toyota

or used machinery / equipment

from a Power Farming

Waikato store, the respective

businesses will donate $200

to the Waikato Westpac Rescue


At the time of this issue

going to print a grand total

of $16,600 had been raised.

Sharni Weir, Marketing Manager

for Philips Search &

Rescue, is very appreciative

of what these two local business

are doing for the charity

“An outstanding effort from

everyone involved! We are

so very grateful for the continued

support that we have

received from both Ebbett

Toyota and Power Farming.

The funds raised will help us

continue to be rescue ready

24/7, 365 days a year.”

Ebbett Toyota CEO, Richard

van den Engel, is right

behind the Waikato Westpac

Rescue Helicopter, having

benefited from the rescue services

support before – he was

airlifted from Mount Ruapehu

ski field after a serious collision

a number of years ago.

Thankfully in that incident all

involved fully recovered, in

part due to the rescue crew’s

rapid response. As such,

Richard sees the Waikato

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

as a service that is vital to the

Waikato, especially in more

remote areas where people

can be more vulnerable when

things go wrong.

Philips Search and Rescue

Trust have recently employed

full-time Flight Paramedics,

a first for rescue helicopter

services. This will mean

patients in distress benefit

from critical pre-hospital

care during their flight. “In

a life and death situation it

is this speed and agility that

makes all the difference, as

patients receive vital medical

treatment en-route to the hospital.”

says Weir. She went

on to say “It takes effort and

investment to make these significant

advancements but we

are committed to raising the

bar for emergency air rescue


The two Power Farming

Waikato dealerships involved

in this collaboration, based

in Te Awamutu and Morrisville,

offer an extensive range

of new and used tractors and

farm machinery. Both from

internationally acclaimed

manufacturers such as Deutz-

Fahr, Kioti, Kverneland,

Merlo, McHale, Maschio and

quality used stock from other

manufacturers that has been


Richard Clarke from

Power Farming in Morrinsville

says: “Waikato Westpac

Rescue Helicopter is invaluable

to our community and

we’re proud to be a part of

making sure farmers throughout

the greater Waikato are

safer because of this service”.

Murray Barclay from Power

Farming in Te Awamutu

agrees, saying: “Working in

remote parts of our countryside

accidents can happen, no

matter how careful you are.

Our farmers are reassured by

being minutes from the hospital

instead of hours. We’re

proud to be supporting this

great cause and keeping the

Rescue Service flying.”

Ebbett Toyota, who have a

flagship store in Te Rapa and

two supporting stores in Morrinsville

and Te Awamutu,

offer new Toyota vehicles

as well as a huge selection

of top quality used vehicles.

Stock across their three

stores includes Toyota Certified,

Toyota Signature Class

vehicles and other branded

vehicles that have previously

been used as trade-ins. All

three stores have workshops

manned with teams of Toyota

trained technicians and

use genuine Toyota parts and


Visit www.collab.

ebbetttoyota.co.nz to find

out more about this initiative

or follow Ebbett Toyota on

Facebook www.facebook.

com/EbbettToyota/ to keep up

to date with how much these

two Waikato businesses have

raised to help the Waikato

Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

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Rural properties are fast becoming the

main target for criminals – especially when

the majority of farms have their own fuel

tank to service their on-farm vehicles.

Roger Bull, Managing

Director of Smartway

Security Services said

“With the even higher prices

of fuel now there has been a

spike in the number of Rural

Properties experiencing thefts

from tanks. Luckily there are

also a growing number of

technology applications that

can help prevent it”.











Smartway Security has

been operating for over 18

years and their clients and

services range from large

International Corporations

to Farms, Business & Home

alarms that are also monitored,

along with CCTV and

other Security Products. They

have also installed CCTV

into a national chain of Tyre

Stores with over 90 branches

mainly for Health and Safety


A major growth area has been

identified for on-farm security

and Smartway have developed

various methods of protecting

farms - such as:

• Fuel tank alert systems that

will notify the farm house

when someone is in the

vicinity of or obtaining at

the fuel tanks. In addition

they can add a module that

sends a txt message to the

farmer when the hose is

activated as an additional


• Our Wireless Gate Beams

are solar powered so no

local power is necessary,

these report back to a base

station in the farm house

which can be up to 800m

away (line of sight) – when

connected with a CCTV

System they can also send

an email alert.

• CCTV Cameras that

can read a number plate

regardless of headlights

or spotlights on a vehicle

and cameras that “see in

the dark” and can revolve

around the yard to cover

implement sheds etc.

• GPS Tracking devices that

can be installed on tractors,

quad bikes and other vehicles.

• On Farm Wireless communication


“We have had a lot of

success with these systems”

said Roger, “which give the

rural owners peace of mind

that they will be alerted when

there is a problem.”

Smartway also has their

High Tech CCTV Surveillance

Truck they can bring

out to you and show you the

cameras in action. It is far

superior to see the screen with

the camera looking at your

own driveway than a picture

of that camera on a piece of

paper! This vehicle is a one of

a kind and well worth a look.

So there we have it,

whether it is for Health &

Safety or Security, or just

simple staff training, a good

CCTV System can save you

lots of money! So if you

are interested in having one

installed at your place, get in

touch with us today for a free

demo of our state-of-the-art


For more information contact

Roger on 0800 93 63 63.

Rach and Tim Phillips have

overcome difficult challenges on

the property that runs 280 cows.

Five in running

for sustainable

farming awards

Five Waikato farms were contenders in the

2020 Ballance Farm Environment Awards

that have attracted a line-up of innovative

farmers and growers from around

Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Run by the New Zealand

Farm Environment

Trust, the awards

celebrate good farm practices

that promote sustainable land

management. The programme

is run in 11 regions throughout

New Zealand, with almost 50

farms eligible for this year’s


Waikato’s category award

winners and supreme regional

winner were to be announced

at an awards function at Lake

Karapiro on March 18.

Mark and Felicity Brough

Paerua – Aria, Waitomo


Native birds have returned and

water quality has improved

since the Broughs took over

Paerua about 20 years ago

– reflecting their respect for

land, animals, soil and water.

The sheep and beef breeding

and store fattening farm

runs about 170 weaner bulls

and steer calves, and 2150

sheep. They breed sheep

replacements to help control

animal health, especially

eczema tolerance.

Native birds, fish and invertebrates

are flourishing on the

property, thanks to extensive

planting around streams and

ponds, and the fencing of wetlands

and drains. There are

plans to fence off two large

blocks of mature native bush,

and two large dams with wetland

areas have been created.

Poplar poles control erosion,

almost all paddocks have

water troughs and beehives

encourage clover growth.

As they strive to be successful

and profitable environmental

farmers, the Broughs

are very focused on preserving

the precious resources that

make farming possible: soil

and water.

Damien Watson and Joan

Barendsen Renown

– Landcorp Farming Pāmu

– Reporoa, Taupo


Significant investment in

innovation and sustainability

is going into this Landcorp-owned

property that is

part of a wider dairy farming


A dairy farm since 2006,

Renown features significant

infrastructure, including

a rotary dairy, monitored

effluent systems and large

calf-rearing facilities. It has

sophisticated animal health,

fertiliser and effluent management

systems, and river water

is pumped to the farm and

reticulated to all paddocks.

Managers Damien and Joan

strive hard to ensure Renown

performs to its full potential,

with beautification and environment

equally important to

farm performance and profitability.

River margins and

drains have been planted,

along with a significant number

of exotic trees. Large riparian

buffers contain pockets of

existing native vegetation and

the farm features a wetland.

Renown has become a top

performer in many aspects of

pastural farming – from cow

and grass, to people, culture,

safety and environment.

Chris Irons and Debra


Te Waitere View – Te Kuiti,




Te Waitere View is two farms

that were merged in 2016, five

years after Chris and Debra

bought into one of the properties,

with them now sole owner-operators.

The sheep and beef farm

aims to produce high-quality

produce while respecting the

environment and is getting

good results through strategic

partnerships with like-minded

meat companies and careful

breeding. Certified by Global

Animal Partnership, the farm

is audited every 15 months for

such things as drenching, its

farm plan and dog worming.

Located at the head of their

catchment, the farmers are

working hard to enhance water

quality and most paddocks

have water troughs. There

is a mix of native scrub in

most gullies and they actively

Chris Irons and Debra Hastie are is getting

good results through strategic partnerships.

Image courtesy NZ Farm Environment Trust.

control pests.

Chris and Debra are aiming

to develop the land so it provides

a good business opportunity

for the next generation.

Bryan Frederick and Stu


Waikeria Prison Farm –

Otorohanga, Te Awamutu


Owned by the Department of

Corrections, Waikeria Prison

Farm is striving to become a

self-sustaining dairy training

farm that operates a class-leading

once-a-day milking system.

It trains about 30 prisoners

daily, offering them recognised

industry qualifications

in a commercial-scale operation

– enhancing employment

opportunities on release.

Almost 200,000 riparian,

wetland and woodland plants

have been put in, including

thousands of natives. Pest

plants and animals are actively

managed and biosecurity controls

are implemented across

the essentially ‘closed’ farming

operation. There’s a strong

focus on improving animal

health and all feed is grown

on the property. Enhancing the

surrounding environment is a

critical part of a new 600-person

facility that’s being built,

with the project including such

things as enhancing wetland

and riparian areas, improving

water quality and habitats.

The managers are committed

to building environmentally

sustainable farming

practices that better balance

the needs of the land, animals

and staff.

Tim and Rach Phillips

Waipa Meadow –



Creative thinking and hard

work on this property has

enabled the owner-operators to

make some big improvements

on ‘the smell of an oily rag’.

Tim and Rach Phillips have

worked together to overcome

difficult challenges on the

property that runs 280 cows,

with most of the day-to-day

management done by a contract

milker. A unique hurdle

was reducing the large amount

of groundwater flowing into

an underpass. The groundwater

is now kept fully separate

from underpass effluent and is

pumped to waste.

The property has a 1ha

stand of native kahikatea that

is protected by a QEII National

Trust Covenant, along with

1.5km of native riparian plantings,

beehives and possum

trapping. There is minimal use

of nitrogen fertiliser thanks to

some creative thinking – 200

tonnes of goat manure was

recently applied.

The Phillips family regards

land ownership as a privilege

and as current owners they see

themselves as stewards of its

present and future.


Buying or selling property

- what does the 10th edition mean for you?

On November 26, 2019, the 10th edition of

the Agreement for Sale and Purchase was

released. This was a big event for lawyers,

legal executives and agents working in the

property industry. The standard Agreement

for Sale and Purchase is used for the

sale and purchase of the vast majority

of properties in New Zealand – rural,

commercial and residential.

The 10th edition made

substantial changes to

the previous version.

Some of the changes benefit

the seller and some of them

benefit the purchaser. Most

of them are in keeping with

changes in common practice

and were made in response to

issues which have arisen in the

past. Four of the most significant

changes affecting sellers

and buyers of real estate are

described below.

1. Seller’s duty to disclose


A new warranty (or promise)

by the seller has been included.

This warranty is another significant

in-road into the “caveat

emptor” or “buyer beware”

principle which is the basic

principle for any sale and purchase

of land. The effect of the

new warranty is that the seller

is liable to the purchaser if

the seller doesn’t disclose any

knowledge or fact which might

result in legal proceedings by

or against the seller in respect

of the property. Legal proceedings

is defined widely to

include all dispute resolution,

including mediation. Sellers

will need to think very carefully

whether they are caught

by this warranty. This will

be particularly important for

farm properties subject to a

large number of legal obligations

-including those imposed

under the Resource Management

Act and the Building Act,

by the local authority and, in

the case of a dairy farm, by the

dairy company,

2. Chattels, plant and


It has always been the case

that items which are “chattels”

must be listed in the agreement

to be included in the sale

whereas items which are “fixtures”

will be included without

being listed. This is because

the law regards fixtures as

part of the land. Because it

can sometimes be difficult to

tell if an item is a chattel or a

fixture, it is best to include the

item in the agreement to avoid

a dispute.

Chattels, plant and fixtures

are now included in the

10th Edition as “operational”

or “non-operational” items.

Examples of operational items

in a dwelling are stoves, dishwashers,

burglar alarms, automatic

garage doors and air

conditioning systems. For the

sale of a farm there are often

numerous expensive items

of farm plant and equipment

included: milking shed plant

and equipment, irrigation systems,

water pumps, feed systems,

electric fences and effluent

systems with pumps and

irrigators. The seller promises

to deliver the operational items

listed in the agreement in reasonable

working order, but in

all other respects in the same

state of repair as at the date

the agreement is signed (fair

wear and tear excepted). The

seller will be giving no warranty

about the working order

of an operational item unless it

is listed in the Agreement. This

is a major change from the

previous edition of the Agreement,

where the seller gave

a warranty about the state of

operational items even if they

weren’t listed in the Agreement.

The seller promises to

deliver the non-operational

items listed in the agreement

in the same state of repair

as at the date the agreement

is signed (fair wear and tear

excepted). (Fair wear and tear

is gradual deterioration from

normal use or exposure to

weather.) Examples of non-operational

items are: furniture,

floor coverings and removable


Sellers and purchasers

should ensure all items being

sold are listed in the agreement

and described correctly as

operational or non-operational.

For sales of farms, where there

are usually many items of

considerable value, this will

be particularly important. For

purchasers, if items are not

included or not described correctly,

they won’t have the benefit

of the relevant warranty.

Sellers should understand their

obligations to deliver the operational

and non-operational

items on settlement in the state

they have promised. For some

items both purchasers and sellers

may wish to negotiate

amendments to the Agreement

to expand, exclude

or amend the standard


3. Finance


Legally, the purchaser

and the seller

must do all thing reasonably

necessary to

satisfy a condition in the

agreement for their benefit.

Despite being obliged

to do all things necessary

to satisfy the finance condition,

purchasers often used

the finance condition as an

easy way to end an agreement.

Purchasers won’t so easily be

able to do this now because the

seller is entitled to ask the purchaser

for an explanation as to

why the condition wasn’t satisfied

and for evidence to back

up that explanation.

4. Deductions from the

purchase price

For some time the Agreement

has included a process to allow

settlement to proceed when

the purchaser raises a claim

before settlement. This process

provides for the amount

of the claim to be set aside and

held by a stake holder. The

purchaser’s claim is then settled

later. Under the 10th Edition

the purchaser now has the

right to claim in a wider range

of circumstances - for breach

of a term of the Agreement,

misrepresentation by the seller

and breach of the Fair Trading

Act (which applies when

the sale is “in trade”). Farm

purchasers in particular will

benefit from the additional

grounds. Under the previous

version of the Agreement

there was uncertainty

about the grounds

for claims under

the clause.

An area

of law


By Barbara McDermott

Norris Ward McKinnon partner

with technicalities”

As a learned Court of Appeal

Judge said in a recent landmark

case, this area of law is “replete

with technicalities”. Despite

an often held view that selling

and buying property is merely a

form filling

exercise, the volume and

extent of cases that have come

before the courts prove otherwise.

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Ebbett Group

- No let-up in new

dealership progress

General Motors’ decision to stop selling

new Holdens in New Zealand and Australia

will not affect Ebbett’s new development

at Te Rapa Gateway, says the Group’s

managing director, Ben van den Engel.

Ebbett Group directors, Walter and Ben van den

Engel, visit the new site at Te Rapa Gateway”.

The huge new development

near The Base

was earmarked to house

their fast-growing Volkswagen

business and relocate their

existing Hamilton city-centre

Holden dealership. The

current Ebbett Holden site in

Anglesea St is to be replaced

by the recently announced,

multi-million dollar development,

Union Square.

“General Motors’ commitment

to 10 more years of

servicing and warranty for the

many thousands of Holden

vehicles in the Waikato means

there will still be a huge

demand for service, parts and

used vehicles for many years

to come,” van den Engel said.

“Our purpose-built Te Rapa

facility will ensure we are

extremely well positioned to

meet that need, with greatly

improved capacity and efficiency

enhancing the customer


The Te Rapa development

was always intended to be an

“Auto Hub” with additional

on-site services such as paint,

panel and tyre shop, providing

a more comprehensive service

to customers.

“On the new vehicle sales

side we’ll continue to offer

HSV product and we expect

that to grow with the potential

of new Chevrolet opportunities

becoming available. Seat,

part of the Volkswagen group,

will be represented at our new

site and we’ll also be actively

looking for new franchise

opportunities. I’m sure such

a prominent building will be

attractive to many manufacturers.”

Change is not new for a

group that has been operating

in Hamilton since 1928

and now represents more than

13 brands in eight cities and

towns around the North Island.

Indeed, this is another challenge

for Ben, who joined the

group almost 50 years ago and

took control during the 1987

stock market crash.

“Notwithstanding GM’s

decision to withdraw from the

new vehicle market, I am really

excited about the new development,”

he said. “We’re a solid

company with stable leadership,

great people, strong core

values and a focus on customer

service. It’s a combination that

has served us very well for

the last 92 years and one that

means we can really look forward

to playing a major role in

New Zealand’s mobility needs

far into the future.”

The Ebbett Group expect

Volkswagen to move into their

new premises at Te Rapa mid-

2020, with Holden moving

towards the end of the year.

Ebbett also plan to move their

head-office functions and Carshare

venture LOOP to the

new development, creating an

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Climate change debate

no longer about science

By Andrew McGiven

Federated Farmers

Waikato President

Well we have hit the election year with

all political parties looking to put their

own spin on events both globally and


Climate change is a big

topic at present with the

Australian bushfires and

potential droughts in the North

Island being touted as examples

of this.

I thought that only sect

leaders like Jim Jones and

Charles Manson could preach

about the end of the world, but

were never given any credibility,

but it seems that almost

anyone can take a small snippet

of data, put a spin on it and

make international headlines.

And they don’t even have

to lead by any sort of example,

as most of these protesters

will be wearing synthetic

materials, drive or fly around,

use computers, etc. But they

expect everyone else to take

the great leap backwards in

terms of personal and business


Now the greenwashing continues

in New Zealand with the

Ministry of Education pushing

its own socialist agenda onto

Year 8 and 9 students with a

climate change subject being

inserted into the curriculum.

Instead of teaching these

students that climate change

has been occurring ever since

the Earth was formed, it is trying

to tell these kids that if they

stop eating red meat and dairy

then the world will live happily

ever after.

Combine this teaching

resource with the fraudulent

Te Papa water display that

attempted to show a cow defecating

in a waterway that

matched up with a bottle of

murky water, that was later

shown to be discoloured by

dye, and you might start to

understand some of the frustrations

that farmers are feeling at


The climate change debate

is no longer about science, but

simply serves various political


When the likes of the United

Nations declare “that the science

around climate change is

settled”, then I for one have

real concerns because science

should be open-minded and

evolving, ready to examine and

accept new research.

If this was the mindset of

scientists in days past, then we

would still believe the earth

was flat and was the centre of

the universe.

The perverse outcomes that

some of these political policies

will have on our country will

be felt for generations, yet all

they are concerned about is the

next three years and are more

than happy to manipulate the

data to achieve their desired


We do need to have the

balanced debate, not only on

climate change but other environmental

touchpoints like

water quality, and not be led by

social media hysteria, and I for

one welcome the Independent

Climate Panel examining the

data before a decision is made

in the Beehive.

But we also need better

engagement between Government

and relevant frontline

organisations, because that’s

where the rubber hits the road

(excuse the un-PC pun.)

If regulation forces

behaviour change then it will

only happen at the bare minimum,

yet if there is widespread

engagement and “buy-in” of

the proposal then communities

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structural engineering and drafting services

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and finding ways to be efficient with build

times is one key to maximising opportunities.

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slow designing, engineering, and quoting of

steel buildings can be.

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Fieldays aims to be sustainability leader

The New Zealand National Fieldays

Society is committed to achieving its

long-term sustainability goals through

environmentally responsible business.


are increasingly

at the forefront “Environmental

of our visitors’ and exhibitors’

minds. Across all sectors of our

organisation, from events to

everyday practices, the Society

aims to be a leader through sustainable

practices,” says CEO

Peter Nation.

Fieldays 2019 saw the highest

landfill diversion rate in

the history of

the event with

41 percent of

waste diverted,

or 10,285 fewer

kilograms sent

to landfill. The

total waste

fell 16 percent

from 2018 and

landfill waste

by 19 percent.

The target for

composting was

achieved, with

1500 kilograms sent for composting.

Fieldays continues to implement

the Event Sustainability

Management System ISO

20121 to ensure the event is

delivered in accordance with

this internationally recognised

ISO standard.

“This process continually

challenges us to improve our

event planning, processes and

delivery while addressing major

impact areas such as environ-





BY 2023.

mental management and carbon

emission generation from the

event,” says Nation.

For the past eight years the

Society has partnered with

Instep, which has supported the

design and implementation of

the Fieldays sustainability programme

and report.

Instep director Peter Birkett

believes it is these initiatives,

along with actions to

minimise energy

consumption and

specific waste

management programmes,


positions Fieldays

as a well-recognised


in best practice

and sustainability


“As the largest

agricultural event

in the Southern

Hemisphere, it is

crucial the event is delivered

in a way that supports industry

and exhibitors to satisfy

the market-place demand for

product and technology transparency.

Products and services

are increasingly scrutinised in

real-time by an environmentally

driven global market.

“Excellent support from all

areas of food vendors, exhibitors

and general stakeholders

allows the short-term target of

moving away from traditional

problematic packaging and

plastic material to gain momentum

year on year.”

In 2019 successful waste

initiatives included the introduction

of sorting waste to

send to commercial composting,

partnerships with 20 large

exhibitors with the Waste Partnership

Scheme and removing

single use plastic from the bar.

This resulted in a 97 percent

increase in compostable material

being separated and composted


The Society aims to roll

out “Plastic Free Fieldays” by


Promoting digital ticketing

through the introduction of the

explorer bands, reusable silicone

wristbands, contributed to

a reduction in printed material

with 683,497 fewer sheets of

paper used, the equivalent of 82


Beyond Fieldays, the Society

runs a predator-free programme

supported by DOC and

dedicated volunteers, with the

goal of total pest eradication by

2050 on the Mystery Creek site.

Fieldays 2019 recycling

initiatives with Te Radar.

Volunteers at Fieldays 2019 helping to sort waste.

Equidays dropped

The Fieldays Society is exiting the equine

event Equidays, founded by members

nine years ago.

“Equidays has served the Society well,

but the time has come to look at other

opportunities that speak more strongly to

the Society’s core purpose,” Nation said.

“The events industry is highly dynamic,

and it is tough financially for any

organisation to maintain the infrastructure

required to hold such a variety of events

as we do at Mystery Creek. Equine events

especially require a lot of equipment in

stabling, pens, fencing and grandstands

which can become an Achilles heel on the

bottom line when they are used for just

one event each year.”

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Soil properties critical

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Farmers agree there is an absolute need

to work together to address water quality

needs and achieve the objectives of the

Government-initiated National Policy

Statement for Freshwater Management.

Dairy effluent can be a

great resource for nutrients,

but if application

isn’t managed properly it can

also be a significant source

of contaminants and nutrient

leaching and runoff that can

seriously impair the health of


Soil properties should be

weighed up when applying

effluent to pasture to maximise

nutrient benefits and the

protection of waterways. Soil

texture and structure determine

the amount of water that can

enter and be retained within a

particular soil, and the rate of

transmission of excess water

through that soil.

So effluent irrigation systems

should be matched to soil

properties to minimise runoff

and leaching.


The rate at which effluent can

infiltrate soil must be adequate

to avoid run off into waterways.

The nature of the effluent

and cattle treading on soils

can affect the infiltration rate.

Treading damage, which

occurs most when the soils

are wet, significantly reduces

infiltration rate. For some soils

this can result in accumulation

of effluent below slopes and

in intersecting hollows. It can

then enter surface waterways.

Movement of water through

soil pores is generally described

as hydraulic conductivity.

When hydraulic conductivity

of the soil is low, irrigation of

effluent will result in ponding

and runoff once the total water

capacity of the soil is exceeded

or if application rates exceed

infiltration rates.

Low rates of hydraulic conductivity

are found in soils that

are poorly drained, and ponding

and runoff often occur with

high rainfall. Many of these

soils are artificially drained to

reduce the incidence of ponding

and waterlogging.


Leaching occurs in response to

movement of excess water from

the soil, meaning soils with

lower water-holding capacity

are more susceptible to leaching.

Conversely, soils with high

water-holding capacity (deep

silt loams) can store significant

quantities of effluent.

Most soils have moderate

water-holding capacities.

The soils that have low

available water-holding capacities

are the shallow to moderately

deep soils, as well as

sandy or stony soils.

Generally speaking, lower

water-holding capacities are

the result of restricted rooting

depths due to the shallow

nature of the soils and high

water tables. Effluent irrigation

on these soils is likely to result

in leaching.

Drainage and the level of

biological activity of the soil at

the application site are important.

Aim to apply effluent at

a rate that keeps it in the root

zone so that the nutrients can

be utilised by pasture.

Permeable soils with a deep

water table and no drainage

limitations are best for putting

effluent on. However, on stony

soils the risk of effluent draining

directly to groundwater

would be an issue to consider.

In such situations, application

depths and rates should

be adjusted to account for this


Bypass flow

When effluent application rates

are higher than infiltration

rates, water can enter continuous

macro-pores that are open

at the soil surface, and then

move very rapidly via so-called

“bypass flow” through a relatively

dry soil matrix.

This means little opportunity

for the water to be retained

within the root zone and high

leaching of nitrate is likely to

occur. Bypass flow of farm

dairy effluent can occur in soils

that undergo shrinkage and

fissuring during drying, especially

when these soils have

been previously compacted by


A key to avoiding over-ap-

By Bala Tikkisetty

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Waikato Regional Council

plication can be having adequate

effluent storage so that

irrigation can be deferred if

conditions aren’t right.

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LIC wins awards

Agri-tech co-operative LIC has won two

national HR awards, marking several years

of organisational transformation.

The co-operative won

both the Organisational

Change and Development

Award and the Best

Wellness Programme Award

at the 2020 NZ HR awards in


The awards, organised by

HRNZ, recognise excellence

in human resources practice

and the HR leaders who are

helping shape the profession.

LIC, the largest herd

improvement and agri-tech

co-operative in New Zealand,

employs 800 permanent staff

and 2000 seasonal workers.

The cooperative has achieved

positive financial results in

the previous four years, after

recording a loss in 2016. Last

year it delivered a $15.6 million

dividend to its 10,300

shareholders, the largest paid

out since 2013.

Chief executive Wayne

McNee says creating a supportive

and sustainable internal

culture has been vital

to achieving the successful

results seen in recent years,

and winning the awards.

“Our business position is

healthy now but four years

ago we had our first ever

loss and paid no dividend

to farmer shareholders. We

knew we needed to transform

our business to create a more

productive and sustainable

future,” said McNee.

“Our people were purposefully

involved from the start,

from generating ideas that

could yield revenue to ways to

drive efficiencies and improve

our organisational health.”

Chief people officer Roz

Urbahn believes introducing

the ‘Well Aware’ programme,

which supports employee

resilience and psychological

wellbeing from within

the business, has further

improved the internal culture

within LIC over the last 12


“The aim of the programme

was to make sure

our employees thrive within a

work environment that holistically

supports and promotes

their health and wellbeing,

leading to an engaged, safe

and sustainably high-performing


LIC chief executive

Wayne McNee.

Fonterra chooses HCL for IT transformation

Global technology company

HCL Technologies

has won a contract

with Fonterra to modernise

and manage the dairy co-op’s

entire technology infrastructure.

The multi-year partnership

with HCL Technologies will

consolidate Fonterra’s technology

suppliers and bring

its IT infrastructure services

under one umbrella.

The partnership will bring

around 60 new jobs to the

Waikato region, as the local

support services for Fonterra

employees will be based at its

Hamilton delivery centre.

HCL’s executive vice president

for Australia and New

Zealand, Michael Horton, said

the company has been supporting

Fonterra for over a decade

by managing its IT application

support and maintenance portfolio

including SAP. “We are

delighted to expand our partnership

with Fonterra to modernise

and manage the entire

technology infrastructure.

This will enable us to further

support both Fonterra’s business

strategy as well as the

agri-tech sector overall in the


Fonterra chief information

officer Piers Shore said Fonterra

is pleased to be able to

draw on HCL’s global scale

and efficiency.

“Fonterra employees have

said there is room for us to

improve the tools and technologies

we use on a daily basis

at work and this partnership

with HCL will allow us to

make major improvements

for our employees in terms of

end-user experience and provide

the digital foundation to

our transformation initiatives.

“Additionally, this partnership

will enable us to improve

our cyber security framework

and strengthen our critical

IT foundation. Through our

partnership with HCL, we

are consolidating our external

IT suppliers and through this

we expect to make significant

savings relative to our existing

infrastructure IT spend over

the next five years.”

Michael Horton


Tracy Brown steps down

from Dairy Women’s Network

Waikato dairy farmer Tracy Brown has

stepped down from her role as a trustee

of the Dairy Women’s Network.

Brown, who farms with

her husband Wynn at

Tiroroa Farms near

Matamata, says the time was

right to move on after over four

years on the Trust Board.

“I joined in November

2015 with a vision to provide

support to women in the dairy

industry to better reach their

potential and to help Dairy

Women’s Network become an

organisation which could help

drive transformational change

for our industry,” Brown said.

“I feel I have had a big input

into both of these areas.”

Brown has been awarded a

Nuffield Scholarship for 2020

which will involve significant

international travel over the

next 12 months.

A Dairy Women’s Network

member since 2000, she has

been leading environmental

change for dairy through her

roles as chair of the DairyNZ

Dairy Environment Leaders

Programme, chair of the

Ballance Farm Environment

Awards Alumni, and as farmer

representative on the Dairy

Environment Leadership

Group (DELG) which oversees

the Water Accord. She was

also elected onto the DairyNZ

board in late October last year.

An Agri-Women’s Development

Trust Escalator alumni

and winner of the Sustainability

Superstar in the 2018

Sustainable Business Network

The Dairy Women’s Network regional leaders group.

Awards, Brown was also a

finalist in the 2017 Westpac

Women of Influence Awards.

A former economist at the

NZ Meat and Wool Boards

Economic Service (now Beef

+ Lamb New Zealand), she

was also involved with setting

the future direction for dairy

as farmer rep on the Dairy

Tomorrow working group.

Most recently Brown was

appointed by Cabinet to the

Essential Freshwater Independent

Advisory Panel to advise

the government on the proposed

NPS, NES and proposed

stock exclusion regulations.

The Browns’ 700 cow,

310ha (240ha milking platform)

system 3 farm Tiroroa

won the Waikato Ballance

Farm Environment Supreme

Award in 2010 and the Fonterra

Farm Source Responsible

Dairying Award in 2018.

Dairy Women’s Network

Trust Board chair Karen Forlong,

who arrived at the network’s

board table at the same

time as Brown, says she clearly

remembers her hitting the

ground running with a wealth

of knowledge that enabled her

to contribute valuably from the


“Her industry roles, especially

within the environmental

space, have given her insights

that she shared with the board,

adding depth and understanding

around the changes, challenges

and opportunities confronting

the dairy industry and

the people who passionately

go about the daily business of

producing food,” Forlong said.

“The Board wish her well

on her new journey with

DairyNZ and as a Nuffield

scholar. DWN will still be her

tribe and I am sure we will all

no doubt see much more of

Tracy in the future.”

“What Tracy’s move does

do is open up the opportunity

for someone else, in fact

two others, to find themselves

around the DWN Board table

delivering insights and diversity

of conversation that will

allow us to be real and relevant

to our members. This

is exciting and testament to

DWN’s mantra of leadership

by doing.”

Brown says she believes

strongly in the work that Dairy

Women’s Network does and

the role they play. “I want to

‘leave the ladder down’ to help

other women into leadership

Tracy Brown has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship.

and governance roles within

dairy and would very much

like to stay involved with

DWN to help mentor the new

trustees if they wish me to.”

Ten years ago she says she

started on a journey where

she wanted to help improve

the public perception of dairy,

improve environmental practice

and generally help make

dairy great.

“I would love to see

more farmers empowered to

lead positive change within

their communities and pride

restored so that dairy is recognised

as the national and

world champion that it is.”

New award

Meanwhile, the efforts and

success of women from grass

roots through to leadership of

the dairy industry will be celebrated

with the Dairy Women’s

Network new DWN Regional

Leader of the Year award.

“Over 70 volunteer

Regional Leaders provide an

important point of contact for

farmers as they play an important

role in their communities

through to organising, hosting

and promoting regional events

all over New Zealand,” Dairy

Women’s Network CEO Jules

Benton said.

Nominations for the DWN

Regional Leader of the Year

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April 3 at https://www.dwn.

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47,000m² manufacturing facility is almost

half a kilometre long and over 100m wide. It

features the latest technologies in construction,

hybrid mechanical services, electronic LED

lighting and manufacturing machinery.

It will be operational by the start of April 2020,

effectively 12 months since the start of the


A family-owned business, APL is visionary

in reducing their environmental impact,

determined to set an example as a large

industrial company ‘doing their bit’ for the

environment. So, their main objective here was

to create a truly sustainable building which

would see the business through at least the

next 50 years, says CEO Craig Vincent.

“Our new facility incorporates what we’ve

learned over the last 25 years to ensure

our business can grow significantly and

comfortably” says Craig.

“It’s important to us that it’s built in an

environmentally friendly way and will be

operationally efficient. We’re also creating a

truly inviting place for people to work in.”

He adds that the Foster team “have done

something amazing” in delivering the project.

“We turned the foundations in April 2019 with

critical construction works undertaken over the

wet winter months. Despite very challenging

weather conditions, Fosters managed to pull

it off and we started installing the plant in

October, right on schedule.

“We’ve worked with the Foster Group for the

last 25 years because we always get a great

result. We enjoy the process and the people.

“We’re not building an average warehouse;

we’re trying to create an architectural

statement and a sustainable workplace with

the highest quality finish. Fosters understand

our expectations and they deliver.”

APL Hautapu is on track to achieve a Greenstar

rating, which denotes world leading design,

construction, operation and fitout – a healthy

place for people and the environment.

FOSTERS.CO.NZ . 07 849 3849

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