NZ needs to sign up to international law making workplaces free from violence and harassment – CTU

Source: CTU
A new international law to keep workplaces free from violence and harassment comes into effect on Friday 25 June.
“The International Labour Organisation (an agency of the United Nations) adopted the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (190) two years ago, it comes into force on Friday, and now our country needs to ratify and implement it,” said CTU Vice President Rachel Mackintosh.
New Zealand working people, employers and the Government all supported the convention when the ILO adopted it, but the New Zealand government has not yet taken meaningful steps to implement the terms of the convention in New Zealand.
“We are calling on the government to make ratifying this convention a priority and to demonstrate the government’s commitment to doing more to ensure working people are safe.”
“It matters that New Zealand takes the formal step of ratifying the convention, because once this happens our government will be required to report to the ILO on this issue, and specifically what measures our country is taking to ensure that we can make the world of work free from harassment and violence.”
“We know that we have a problem with violence against women in New Zealand. The more work and effort that we take, to provide a culture change, the better,” Mackintosh said.

Economy: BusinessNZ notes constraints to economic growth

Source: BusinessNZ
Indicators during the June quarter show the economy bouncing back, although with constraints building.
The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast shows GDP figures holding up well, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says.
The BusinessNZ Economic Conditions Index sits at 12 for the June 2021 quarter, up 6 on the previous quarter and up 26 on a year ago. Mr Hope said the latter increase was expected, given Covid’s impact on the economy last year.
“But constraints to growth are rising. The longer we face border restrictions and staff shortages, the greater the threat of a two-speed economy with some businesses and sectors going from strength to strength while others continue to lag.
“Other challenges include supply constraints, infrastructure gaps, and business expectations of price rises, alongside a general increase in inflationary pressures,” Mr Hope said.
The BusinessNZ Economic Conditions Index tracks 33 economic indicators including GDP, export volumes, commodity prices, inflation, debt, and business and consumer confidence.
The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the June 2021 quarter is on www.businessnz.org.nz.

Investment – Guardians of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund’s Stakeholder update – June 2021

Source: Guardians of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund

Tēnā koe i runga i ngā āhuatanga o te wā,

The NZ Super Fund has staged a strong recovery after seeing off the immediate shock of the COVID-19 crisis last year that saw its value drop by $13.4 billion in a matter of weeks. From that low point, the Fund is now up 60.2% – its fastest ever period of growth and reflective of an extraordinary turnaround in global capital markets.

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted some important points about the NZ Super Fund

The Fund is heavily weighted to growth assets such as shares – this is appropriate and normal practice for long-term investors.
 
The Fund is therefore highly sensitive to market movements which can have a significant, sometimes dramatic, impact on the Fund’s value.
 
With no substantial withdrawals from the Fund scheduled until the 2050s, we are able to remain focused on implementing our long-term investment strategies, while managing Fund liquidity (our ability to meet short-term funding requirements) appropriately.
 
Our experience shows the benefits of remaining invested in the share market and capturing returns as prices recover over time. In times of market stress we can take advantage of opportunities to buy at an attractive price.
 
Taking a short-term view of performance returns can be deceptive. A lot depends on your starting point – especially if it’s a low point. Longer time periods, such as the performance of the Fund over the eighteen years since investing began, are a more appropriate lens.

Staying the Course

We maintained our long-term risk profile throughout the market volatility, as well as adding to our equity and credit market exposures as markets fell. Our robust liquidity framework allowed us to maintain our portfolio currency hedging, which has been very valuable as the New Zealand dollar has rallied significantly from its lows last year.

Provisionally, at the end of May 2021 the Fund was worth $58 billion, off the back of net Government contributions since inception (after deducting the tax paid back to Government by the Fund) of $12 billion. The Fund has returned 10.5% p.a. since inception, beating its passive Reference Portfolio benchmark by 1.2% p.a. or $9.9 billion.

In the eighteen years that the Fund has been investing, we have generated over $37 billion more than the government would have saved by repaying debt, demonstrating our significant and ongoing contribution to New Zealand’s national wealth. Figures are unaudited and after costs, before New Zealand tax.

The Factors driving Fund performance

The turnaround in global equity markets that has driven Fund performance over the past year was underpinned by significant fiscal and monetary stimulus – government spending to support and promote economic growth through and after the COVID lockdowns, and very low interest rates. While the near-term outlook remains positive, a combination of strong demand and impaired global supply chains has already seen acute inflation pressures in some markets and projections are for inflation to increase to levels not seen for many years.

Markets are watching policy makers closely as their responses to higher inflation will shape the direction of interest rates, asset returns, and market volatility over the next few years. Beyond that, we believe the persistence of the current environment of low interest rates and high asset prices will deliver lower Fund returns than what we expect them to be over the long-term.

Comings-and-Goings

In March this year we said goodbye to our Chair Catherine Savage after eleven and a half years’ service on the Board, including more than five years as Chair. Her contribution has been immense and she will be missed.

Catherine Drayton took over as Chair in April. She has been on the Board since 2018 and previously chaired the Audit Committee. Catherine holds several other governance roles including chair of Christchurch International Airport and director of Genesis Energy.

We also welcomed global capital markets professional Kirsty Mactaggart to the Board in April for a five year term.

Our General Manager of Finance and Risk Stewart Brooks announced his intention to retire later this year. Stewart has been with the Guardians since 2003, making him our longest serving employee. He has made a huge impact on the Fund and will also be missed. Following this announcement, we have made a number of new appointments to the Leadership Team:

General Manager, Finance and Investment Operations – Paula Steed
General Manager, Risk – Mark Fennell
General Manager, Technology – David Sara
General Manager, Portfolio Completion – George Crosby

Other changes include:

Dr Charles Hyde has been appointed Head of Asset Allocation.
Alice Mew (Direct Investments Senior Investment Strategist) has been appointed to Chair the Investment Committee for a two-year period.
Joe Halapua has been appointed to lead the Guardians’ New Zealand Equities team.

Portfolio Activity Update

Tactical Credit Opportunity Mandate (TCO) We have implemented a new internally managed credit mandate. The TCO mandate replaces an internally managed mandate that had been in operation for over ten years, earning a return of around $1 billion over that time. The new mandate rests on the same investment drivers and has been expanded to be more scalable given the expected growth in the Fund over time.
 
Rural Land Strategy Review We have completed an internal review of our Rural Land Strategy. Our $600 million Rural Land portfolio includes 32,200 hectares of land in New Zealand and Australia. We are looking to increase our rural land holdings, with a focus on owning land with natural capital potential that we can actively support through sustainable farming practices. We will continue to diversify our rural land holdings into international horticulture investments.
 
Real Estate Strategy Review Following the arrival of Toby Selmanas the Real Estate Senior Adviser, we have reviewed our approach to real estate and established a global strategy for this asset class. This is broadly centred around living, logistics and technology-orientated real estate in sustainable cities with attractive market fundamentals. The investment team has started to execute on this strategy.
 
Pioneer IV We committed $100 million to a new investment fund managed by Auckland-based Pioneer Capital. The fund, Pioneer’s fourth, will invest in New Zealand companies that are seeking international growth in high margin sectors. We will be a cornerstone investor in the $300 million Pioneer Capital Partners IV, which is expected to be invested across six to eight individual companies.

Governance Documents Published

Our commitment to the Fund’s long-term investment strategy amid the uncertain global economic environment is underlined in our Statement of Intent 2021 – 26 (SOI) and Statement of Performance Expectations 2021 – 22 (SPE), published this week. Both documents set out our short-medium strategic undertakings with respect to both the NZ Super Fund and the Elevate NZ Venture Fund.

The SOI sets out the key elements of our strategic plan and provides a detailed explanation of the measures we use to assess our performance in the areas of investment, cost control, risk management, governance and organisational capability. The SPE sets out our high priority activities and forecast financial statements for the next financial year.

Investor Initiatives

As a member of HRH The Princes of Wales' Sustainable Markets Initiative,we have been involved in the task forces made up of the 'coalition of the willing' to drive action on accelerating, at a global scale, sustainable industry transition and rapid decarbonisation ahead of 2050.

We are also participating in a collective investor engagement on facial recognition, along with more than fifty other investors representing over US$4.5 trillion. This two-year collaborative engagement programme aims to prioritise human rights in relation to use of facial recognition technology and seeks constructive dialogue with global companies developing or using the technology. The initiative, which has been welcomed by the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), advocates for adequate risk management and improved corporate disclosure.

Treasury Working Paper Published on the NZ Super Fund

The New Zealand Treasury has today published a Working Paper, Golden Years – Understanding the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. The paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the Fund’s role in New Zealand’s public finances, including explanations of the mathematical relationships behind the Fund’s legislated contribution rate formula, future outcomes for the Fund’s size and role in helping to fund New Zealand Superannuation, and why projections related to the Fund have changed over time.

Reviewing our Responsible Investment Strategy

One of our key focus areas this year is a review and reset of our Responsible Investment Strategy. While we are proud of our strategy, and note it has been recognised internationally and by the High Court of New Zealand as in line with best practice, we want to ensure it is fit for the challenges of the next ten years and beyond. The review has three workstreams:

Emerging trends and stakeholder expectations,
Ways to improve Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance in global listed equity portfolios, and
How to increase the number and scale of positive investments (investments which provide social and environmental benefits in addition to the required financial return).

We look forward to updating you on progress on this work later in the year.

Hei konā mai,

Matt Whineray
Chief Executive Officer
Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Housing Market – Three months on CoreLogic review shows housing policy changes have had little effect on the market

Source: CoreLogic

[AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 23 June 2021] Three months on from the Government’s housing policy announcement on March 23, new analysis by CoreLogic has revealed the changes are yet to have much discernible impact on the market.

CoreLogic’s Head of Research Nick Goodall says “It’s still early days and hard to disentangle the Government’s Brightline extension and tapered removal of interest deductibility from other measures, such as higher deposit requirements. However, as more time passes, the tax changes in particular should more clearly curtail purchases of existing properties by mortgaged investors. This could be heightened by the incentive for investors to look at new-builds if the Government allows interest deductibility on these properties for an extended period.

“First home buyers (FHBs) have been keen to buy new properties of late, so this diversion of investors’ focus from existing property to new-builds could have an unintended negative consequence on FHBs, who have already been struggling under the weight of rapidly rising home values and growing affordability constraints.”

When conducting the analysis, CoreLogic drew on four primary market indicators:

Weekly flow of new listings

CoreLogic Chief Property Economist Kelvin Davidson says “Our listings data shows that new listings certainly haven’t spiked since the announcement, so there doesn’t seem to have been a rush to exit the market by existing landlords. Instead, they are taking their time and assessing their options. To us, the large Brightline tax bill that would await some landlords if they sold straightaway and also the lack of ‘trusted’ alternative investment options are key factors here.”

Source: CoreLogic

Annual % change in rents

“Although it’s inevitable that some landlords will have raised rent off the back of the changes, it’s not really showing through in aggregate. The stock measure is still just ticking along at normal rates, and although the flow measure has accelerated, it’s hard to extricate how much of that might be due to landlords wanting to recoup costs versus genuine supply/demand pressures versus perhaps, even some kind of ‘catch up’ after last year’s COVID-related rent freeze,” says Mr Davidson.

Source: Stats NZ

Valuation volumes

While there are signs that sales volumes have eased, Mr Goodall says it’s not obvious that this is really due to markedly softer demand.

“Our data on the trend for volume of valuations ordered by banks indicates that borrower/valuations activity, which is an early indicator of demand, is still pretty solid. At the same time, it’s the shortage of listings/choice that’s probably playing a role in limiting agreed sales, too.

“In terms of prices, there is some evidence of a slowdown, but not much. Using data from our very latest unconfirmed sales records, the premiums buyers are paying over and above CVs have eased back in the past month or two, but not dramatically so.”

Source: CoreLogic

Mortgaged investors’ share of purchases

CoreLogic’s analysis reveals the only key indicator that has shown obvious signs of change in recent months is the buyer mix.

Mr Davidson says “On our Buyer Classification series, mortgaged investors’ market share has dropped from 29% across January to March as a whole, to just 25% in May. But even then, it’s more likely that this is actually due to measures other than the March tax changes, such as the fact that investors have been required by lenders to stump up a 40% deposit for the past five to six months now.

“Compared to the last time investors were required to have 40% deposits (from October 2016 to January 2018), the evolution of mortgaged investors’ market share has so far been similar in both cycles, but with the extra attention investors are getting this time around, there surely has to be a chance that their share will ultimately fall below the previous trough.”

Source: CoreLogic

Mr Goodall adds “Overall, our data and analysis shows the tax changes on their own haven’t had any real impact so far. But it’s really important to reiterate that it’s hard to isolate the effects of one rule from another. It’s also early days, and we think the tax changes will in fact bite harder as time goes by.”

For more housing market insights from CoreLogic New Zealand, visit www.corelogic.co.nz/news.

Education – Ara Pleased To Be Premier Sponsor of the South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards in 2021

Source: Ara Institute of Canterbury
Playing a leading part in the celebrations on Friday June 18th, Ara Institute of Canterbury acted once more as the Premier and Supreme Award Sponsor of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards for 2021.
The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce received 75 entries for the Ara Business Excellence Awards, “a real demonstration of confidence and capability,” said Wendy Smith of the BEA. The entries were of an extremely high standard and the judges were challenged during their selection of 48 semi-finalists and subsequently the overall winners.
At a packed ceremony on Friday night, Juice Products NZ, a vegetable and fruit processing factory, came away the supreme winner and recipient of the new ‘global exporter’ award, with Barkers winning both the emerging business and the large business awards.
After the need to postpone the Business Excellence Awards in 2020 due to Covid-19, there was a level of uncertainty regarding businesses’ appetite to enter the Ara Business Excellence Awards with a new date and format in 2021. However, business owners, managers and team leaders engaged enthusiastically, attending preliminary workshops across the three districts in record numbers.
Wendy Smith said, “It has been humbling to see the work that our businesses have completed and the pride in the extra efforts from their teams.”
Past winners have found the entry process not only highly rewarding and motivating, but also of significant strategic value in positioning their business for long-term, sustainable growth.
Darren Mitchell, Ara CE commented “Ara is immensely pleased to be this years’ Premier Awards Sponsor, and we also take pride in our role within the South Canterbury community. We value the economic and social wellbeing of the region, and will continue to provide opportunities for learners to gain the skills, confidence and qualifications that will help the next generation of employees and business-owners to contribute meaningfully to South Canterbury’s success.”
The finalists were announced on the 14th May and included an Ara graduate’s cupcake business. While she didn’t win an award this year, Millie Rose has made a great success of her gorgeous boutique cupcake business, based in central Timaru.
Millie Rose gained her bakery skills from what was at the time Aoraki Polytechnic and is now Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd) right out of high school. In a 2020 interview, she said “Millie Rose is a gift shop, a fashion boutique and a cake shop, and I’m all about supporting small New Zealand companies and local businesses. The local support has just been incredible. I never expected my cupcakes to be so popular!”

Education – Ara Hosts Kick-Off Event For the Orion Energy Accelerator

Source: Ara Institute of Canterbury
On the night of June 16, Ara Institute of Canterbury hosted the ‘Orion Energy Accelerator kickoff’, an event which featured high-energy introductions to the key people behind the 11 startups about to begin their clean-energy mission, courtesy of the Orion Energy Accelerator programme.
Also attending were important visitors from electricity distribution company Orion and its strategic offshoot Energy Academy. The latter is drawing together ideas, people and resources with a goal of transforming New Zealand’s current approach to capability development within the energy sector, while the former – the owner and operator of the electricity distribution network that covers central Canterbury and one of the largest networks in New Zealand – is highly motivated towards improving how power is generated, transmitted, stored and used.
One facet of this vital work is the ‘Orion Energy Accelerator’ initiative, which is focussed on finding novel ways to tackle the electricity sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, while also ensuring sufficient electric power for an ever-growing global economy; one that may require 2.5 times the electricity it does today.
The consequences of the energy sector failing to rapidly find new ways to innovate in the face of carbon-caused climate change has recently been borne home, as New Zealand’s hydrolakes are at a dangerously low level, even while incentives are growing for drivers to purchase power-hungry electric vehicles. This has led to a paradoxical situation where New Zealand’s proportion of renewably-derived power has decreased each year for the last three years, prompting the country to import coal from South East Asia in a bid to keep coal-fired stations online. In 2020, coal imports to New Zealand reached a 15-year high – close to 1.1 million tonnes, according to new data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Not-for-profit group EndCoal states on its website that coal is the single biggest contributor to human-caused climate change, as it is responsible for 46% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide and accounts for 72% of total greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.
11 startups have been identified as most likely to develop workable innovations in areas such as smart power grids, novel power storage methods or devices, EV charging and smart energy-saving construction. They are now embarking upon a 7-week mentorship-focussed programme with Ministry of Awesome, working on validating their ideas and progressing them towards commercial readiness. Ara’s ‘Research Hub’ will be providing services and support to the cohort of start-ups, and Dr. Michael Shone, Ara’s Head of Research, will be acting as an official Partner programme mentor within the Accelerator.
A ‘Demo Evening’ will be held later in the year at which where the two teams judged most promising by industry experts will receive ‘Orion Startup Grants’ worth a combined $25,000. Suitable startups will have the chance to work with Orion as a customer or partner, and perhaps receive an equity investment from a pool worth up to$100k from Orion.
In addition to participating in the Accelerator program, Orion’s Energy Academy has also initiated a new symposium ‘LUMO’, designed to bring together diverse actors with a commitment to “tackling the big ideas shaping the future of the energy sector in New Zealand (which) requires the minds of energy sector employees of all ages and disciplines to converge with other sector leaders, politicians and influencers,” according to the organization’s main website.

Covid-19 and Health – GPs still open for business despite Alert Level change in Wellington

Source: Royal NZ College of General Practitioners
Following the announcement to move the Wellington region into Alert Level 2, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is encouraging Wellingtonians to be vigilant and follow the well-tested guidelines that are already in place.
Dr Samantha Murton, College President says, “It is important for those in the Wellington region to know that GP clinics remain open for their patients, despite the change in alert levels.
“Our GP workforce has been at the forefront throughout the pandemic and they are well-versed in adapting to the changes in alert levels, while continuing to provide excellent community healthcare to patients.”
Dr Bryan Betty, the College’s Medical Director says, “Moving into Alert Level 2 is a precaution to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the region. The only noticeable difference is that some consultations may be carried out virtually or over the telephone – especially for those who have respiratory symptoms.
“GPs are here to help. We continue to be the first point of contact for our communities and encourage people to keep calling if they require medical advice – even if it is not COVID-19 related.”
Along with being vaccinated, maintaining social distancing, using the COVID-19 tracer app, increased hand washing and sanitising, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, staying home if you are unwell, and seeking advice about testing from your GP or Healthline are the best defences against community transmission of COVID-19.
We all have a part to play in keeping COVID-19 out of our communities.

Energy Sector – Decommissioning rules require careful consideration

Source: Energy Resources Aotearoa
New decommissioning rules for natural gas and oil fields have good intentions but require careful work to avoid unintended consequences, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa.
“We totally support operators taking responsibility and paying the costs for decommissioning. This is what all good operators do,” says chief executive John Carnegie.
“There seems to be some welcome flexibility for the Minister to consider specific factors in each case which is better than a ‘one size fits all rule’.
“We just need to be careful not to over-reach and impose unfair rules because of one bad example.
“Holding operators liable for a field they sell for many years afterwards has worrying implications. This could be a fundamental change to the nature of business law, creating unlimited perpetual liability.
“It’s like holding a factory owner responsible for an unforeseeable issue in a factory they sold many years ago. No other industry is subject to this, even those with much greater risks and direct impacts on safety and the environment.
“It’s also a surprise for operators who invested under certain conditions and were promised existing rights would be protected. This retrospective liability is like changing and backdating the rules of a rugby game halfway through the match.
“This combined with the requirement for a financial security could change the economics of existing fields. This might encourage them to be decommissioned earlier than otherwise, which wouldn’t be a good outcome for our energy security.
“It adds even further to an unhelpful investment climate at a time we really need more local natural gas developed. Just today we’ve seen a survey from BusinessNZ showing rapidly rising energy costs, and imported coal is keeping the lights on this winter.
“We look forward to engaging constructively with the Government as the details are worked out on these changes.”
Energy Resources Aotearoa represents energy intensive businesses, from explorers and producers to distributors and users of natural resources like oil, LPG, and natural gas.

Sport – Regional Balance is Better Forum hits mark with sector

Source: Aktive
A recent Balance is Better Forum for regional community sport leaders, hosted by Aktive and Sport New Zealand, is helping shift the dial on discussions around youth sports.
More than 30 attendees from 23 different organisations heard about Balance is Better and positive youth sport practices from Alex Chiet, National Sport Development Consultant, Sport New Zealand and Dillon Boucher, former professional basketball player and Balance is Better Champion.
An evidence-based philosophy developed by Sport New Zealand, Balance is Better informs and provides a framework that puts the needs of the participant first. The focus is on growing the capability of the sporting system to maximise participation and better prepare young people in their development phase so they are developing talent at the right pace.
Jennah Wootten, Aktive Chief Executive says the forum helped raise awareness of the philosophy and the changes Aktive and its community delivery partners CLM Community, Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland and Sport Waitākere are supporting the sport sector to lead.
“We are committed to working with the sector so together we can better understand the challenges facing youth sport, identify ways in which these challenges can begin to be addressed and ultimately help lead change to make a positive difference for our tamariki and rangatahi,” says Ms Wootten.
“We support quality experiences for all young people, regardless of ability, needs and motivations. This philosophy focuses on supporting young people to stay involved in sport for life and realise their potential at the right time.”
This sentiment was echoed by Mr Chiet: “A lot of time and energy goes into the 1%. We want to bring whānau and the 99% together because all young people need to have opportunities to be involved in sport for life. Balance is Better is about supporting young people to be in sport for longer and, at the right time, those with the potential can move into high performance.”
Speaking from experience, Mr Boucher shared the lessons he has learnt: “I’ve lived in the 1% space for a while – as an athlete, a coach, then an administrator. I didn’t stop to consider the 99% in the participation space because my life existed in the high-performance space. We don’t celebrate participation as much as we do success.”
Aktive, along with its community delivery partners, is committed to Balance is Better, and is also supporting the sector with Good Sports®, a culture change initiative aiming to create positive sporting experiences for children by educating and supporting the key adult influencers in youth sport – in particular, parents.
“Good Sports is well aligned to the Balance is Better philosophy and is a useful tool to bring this important conversation to local communities and parents,” explains Ms Wootten.
“This forum marked the start of a journey with regional sport organisations in Auckland to work on the individual and collective action to contribute to a regional youth sport approach. Aktive will be picking up the opportunities discussed and working with our community delivery partners to consider next steps in supporting and working with regional organisations.”
Good Sports was initially designed by Aktive as a Sport New Zealand funded Active Communities Project and then further developed over the last three years. The well-established initiative received the Community Impact Award in the 2020 New Zealand Sport & Recreation Awards and, under the umbrella of Balance is Better, it is being incorporated into Sport New Zealand’s national approach to parents.
About Aktive
Aktive is a charitable trust that has been established to make Auckland the world’s most active city. It is a key strategic partner of Sport NZ, Auckland Council and major grant makers and funders. Aktive invests more than $11m per annum in a range of delivery partners, organisations and projects that will get more people actively recreating and playing sport in Auckland, with focuses on young people and priority communities. For more information visit http://aktive.org.nz

Farming Sector – Horizons workshops a chance for farmers to discuss freshwater issues

Source: Federated Farmers
Federated Farmers is calling on farmers in the Horizons region to get out and get involved in community meetings being held this week and next about freshwater and farming.
Feds thinks the venues which have been selected for the workshops give an indication of the areas which need to be aware of increased council concern in the future.
“So it’s worthwhile showing up to the meetings if there is one being held in your patch,” Manawatu Rangitikei Fed Farmers president Murray Holdaway says.
Topics to be covered at the two-hour workshops include Te Mana o te Wai, intensive winter grazing, fish passage, feedlots, stockholding areas, synthetic nitrogen, stock exclusion and wetlands.
“If farmers have any questions about their activities and whether they are complying with freshwater regulations, these events are a great chance to get information and ask Horizons Regional Council for feedback on specific issues,” Murray says.
Workshops have already been held in Kimbolton and Taihape. Remaining workshops are:
– Wednesday 23 June – OHAKUNE CLUB – 71 Goldfinch Street, 2pm registration and afternoon tea, 2.30 – 4.30pm workshop
– Thursday 24 June – TAUMARUNUI RSA – 10 Marae Street, 9am registration and morning tea, 9.30 – 11.30am workshop
Tuesday 29 June – WHANGANUI VET CLUB – 35 Sommes Parade, 2pm registration and afternoon tea, 2.30 – 4.30pm workshop