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Saturday 21 May 2022

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Fisher banned after 300+ paua poached
20 May 2022   /

Fisher banned after 300+ paua poached

A man has been banned from fishing and sentenced to home detention for his part in taking 319 pāua to sell on the black market.


A2 Milk faces NZ class action
18 May 2022   /

A2 Milk faces NZ class action

The dairy company is now facing a class action in the NZ High Court, which relates to earning disclosures in the same period as Australian claims.


Fishers caught with 45 times daily snapper limit face prosecution
17 May 2022   /

Fishers caught with 45 times daily snapper limit face prosecution

Ministry for Primary Industries fishery officers have caught a group of five recreational fishers in East Auckland with more than 45 times the daily snapper limit. The group had 348 MORE »


Southland firm fined for poor seafood records
13 May 2022   /

Southland firm fined for poor seafood records

A Southland company has been fined $10,400 after failing to keep a fish sales record system for seafood it was moving between its Te Anau restaurants.


Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees
11 May 2022   /

Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees

The Employment Court has found three former Gloriavale commune members on the West Coast were employees not volunteers at the registered charity which has F&B ventures.


Company fined $30,000 for illegal raw milk sales
5 May 2022   /

Company fined $30,000 for illegal raw milk sales

A milk business has been fined $30,000 for not following the rules that regulate the supply and sale of raw milk.


Synlait shtum on $8.8m Talbot Forest court action
25 Mar 2022   /

Synlait shtum on $8.8m Talbot Forest court action

The dairy company has launched legal action against the vendors of loss-making Talbot Forest Cheese Co, which Synlait bought for close to $40m.


Oceania Natural shareholders fined for market manipulation
25 Mar 2022   /

Oceania Natural shareholders fined for market manipulation

Two shareholders in Oceania Natural have been fined a combined $310,000 after they admitted to charges of market manipulation and disclosure breaches..


Shareholder questions “serious errors” in Me Today’s $36m King Honey deal
18 Mar 2022   /

Shareholder questions “serious errors” in Me Today’s $36m King Honey deal

The healthcare and wellness company has had to turn to its investors for cash after being surprised by inventory levels after its acquisition of King Honey.


Talley’s responds to court verdict
10 Mar 2022   /

Talley’s responds to court verdict

Talley’s says it did not direct the master of a vessel to fish in a closed area.


Amaltal, ship’s master guilty of fishing breaches
9 Mar 2022   /

Amaltal, ship’s master guilty of fishing breaches

Amaltal Fishing Co Limited, along with the master of its fishing vessel, the Amaltal Apollo, have been found guilty of 14 charges of breaching the conditions of a high seas fishing permit.


Fishing firm director fined again
18 Feb 2022   /

Fishing firm director fined again

The director of Tuna Fishing Company Limited has been sentenced for offences under the Fisheries Act for a second time in two years.


Gisborne council appealing kiwifruit decision
16 Feb 2022   /

Gisborne council appealing kiwifruit decision

Gisborne District Council is appealing a decision from the Land Valuation Tribunal, relating to the capital value of a gold kiwifruit orchard in the Gisborne district.


RMA reform needed to help aquaculture – govt
9 Feb 2022   /

RMA reform needed to help aquaculture – govt

The government has cited New Zealand King Salmon’s difficulties to illustrate that the RMA needs reform.


NZ honey sector to appeal manuka honey ruling
4 Feb 2022  

NZ honey sector to appeal manuka honey ruling

New Zealand’s honey sector is appealing a UK Intellectual Property Office decision that declined a manuka honey trademark application.


Talley’s Group sues TVNZ
10 Dec 2021   /

Talley’s Group sues TVNZ

The company says the broadcaster made a series of false and defamatory claims about its operations.


A2 Milk to defend second class action
25 Nov 2021  

A2 Milk to defend second class action

The A2 Milk Company says it will defend a second class action filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia, this time by Shine Lawyers.


Fishing company catches $25k fine, forfeits boat
15 Nov 2021  

Fishing company catches $25k fine, forfeits boat

A Southland fishing company has been fined $18,000 and their boat skipper $6,750 for set netting in marine protected areas, along with removing fins from sharks and discarding the bodies at sea.


Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties
4 Nov 2021   /

Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties

The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.


Westland Milk decision in Court of Appeal this week
26 Oct 2021   /

Westland Milk decision in Court of Appeal this week

An appeal related to the Overseas Investment Office decision to approve the sale of Westland Milk Products to Chinese conglomerate Yili is set to start on Wednesday.


A2 Milk responds to more class action moves
22 Oct 2021   /

A2 Milk responds to more class action moves

The A2 Milk Company says it is aware of reports about a potential class action led by Australia’s Shine Lawyers but has no knowledge of any further legal proceedings.


Seeka upgrades profit guidance, expects $7m legal payout
22 Oct 2021   /

Seeka upgrades profit guidance, expects $7m legal payout

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower has upgraded its profit guidance for FY21.


A2 Milk to “vigorously defend” class action
6 Oct 2021   /

A2 Milk to “vigorously defend” class action

A2 “considers that it complied with disclosures notifications at all time,” following a class claim filing in Australia alleging misleading or deceptive conduct.


Sanford to pay $531k following death of fishing crewman
23 Sep 2021  

Sanford to pay $531k following death of fishing crewman

Th fishing company pleaded guilty to a charge of exposing workers to risk of death or serious injury.


ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services
30 Aug 2021   /

ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services

The Commerce Commission has reminded all businesses supplying essential services in the current nationwide Covid-19 lockdown of their obligations under the Commerce Act.


Health food firm hit with $377k fine
5 Aug 2021  

Health food firm hit with $377k fine

NZHFC made representations such as “100% New Zealand” knowing the royal jelly ingredient was from China, finds a court.


Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker
14 Jul 2021  

Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker

The director of Auckland restaurant Kiran Cuisine has been ordered to pay full arrears of $75,026.18 in unpaid minimum wage, leave, and holiday pay to a former employee, as well as a further $50,000 in penalties.


Serial offender to face charges over pāua poaching
22 Jun 2021   /

Serial offender to face charges over pāua poaching

A serial offender will face serious charges under the Fisheries Act after thousands of empty pāua shells were discovered at his home during a search warrant executed by MPI fishery officers.


Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court
17 Jun 2021   /

Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court

Forest & Bird has won a High Court legal decision confirming tarakihi catch limit decisions must put sustainability before the commercial interests of the fishing industry.


A2 responds to reports of potential class action
1 Jun 2021  

A2 responds to reports of potential class action

A2 said it believes it has complied with all disclosure obligations.


NZ cheesemakers to EU: hands off ‘halloumi’
29 Apr 2021  

NZ cheesemakers to EU: hands off ‘halloumi’

New Zealand cheesemakers are up in arms over the European Commission’s continuing campaign to restrict the use of common names in international cheesemaking, with halloumi the latest target.


Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time
9 Apr 2021   /

Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time

Cartel conduct included price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging.


Repeat pāua poachers banned from fishing for three years
7 Apr 2021  

Repeat pāua poachers banned from fishing for three years

A Lower Hutt man and a Napier man have each received three-year fishing bans.


Fisherman fined $13k for not protecting seabirds
29 Mar 2021   /

Fisherman fined $13k for not protecting seabirds

A former master of a Hawke’s Bay fishing vessel has been fined for not deploying seabird protection equipment.


Zespri vote looms as counterfeit kiwifruit plantings grow
24 Mar 2021   /

Zespri vote looms as counterfeit kiwifruit plantings grow

Zespri is progressing its plan to move against the unlawful growing of kiwifruit in China as illegal plantings increase.


We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal
12 Mar 2021   /

We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal

Talley’s deep-water fishing division says it should not be fined for an error made by one of its staff.


Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing
11 Mar 2021   /

Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing

Talley’s deep-water fishing division has been fined for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


Taupō man fined $12k for starving calves
9 Mar 2021   /

Taupō man fined $12k for starving calves

A farmer from Kinloch near Taupō has been fined $12,000 and ordered to pay vet costs of $5,292.20 for failing to feed 245 calves.


Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ
1 Mar 2021  

Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ

The Organic Products Bill is going through its final stages in parliament.


Sanford ordered to forfeit $20m vessel after illegal trawling
24 Feb 2021   /

Sanford ordered to forfeit $20m vessel after illegal trawling

The fishing company, the master of its San Waitaki ship, and its first mate have been fined a total of $53k.


Orchardist fined $14k after cyclists sprayed with chemicals
17 Dec 2020  

Orchardist fined $14k after cyclists sprayed with chemicals

The integrated, family-owned horticultural company was taken to court by the local council.


Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict
12 Nov 2020  

Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict

Talley’s deep-water fishing division is considering an appeal against its conviction for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured
12 Nov 2020  

Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured

North Island Mussels Limited has been fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $31,000 in reparation following a 2019 incident which saw an employee’s hand crushed.


Pak’nSave store fined $78k for misleading prices
29 Oct 2020   /

Pak’nSave store fined $78k for misleading prices

There were discrepancies between what the store was advertising, and what customers were paying at the till.