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Friday 20 May 2022

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Fisher banned after 300+ paua poached 20th 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 18th 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.


Southland firm fined for poor seafood records 13th 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 11th 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 5th 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 25th March 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 25th March 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 18th March 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 10th March 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 9th March 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 18th February 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 16th February 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.


Talley’s Group sues TVNZ 10th December 2021 /

Talley’s Group sues TVNZ

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


Fishing company catches $25k fine, forfeits boat 15th November 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 4th November 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 26th October 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 22nd October 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.


A2 Milk to “vigorously defend” class action 6th October 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.


Fishing scam leads to $1m in fines for seafood company owner 5th October 2021 /

Fishing scam leads to $1m in fines for seafood company owner

The commercial scam was responsible for almost $1m worth of black market pāua and crayfish from the Chatham Islands.


Health food firm hit with $377k fine 5th August 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 14th July 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 22nd June 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 17th June 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.


Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time 9th April 2021 /

Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time

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


Fisherman fined $13k for not protecting seabirds 29th March 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.


Taupō man fined $12k for starving calves 9th March 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.


Silver Fern Farms, Ziwi rack up nearly $470k total in fines 25th February 2021

Silver Fern Farms, Ziwi rack up nearly $470k total in fines

The companies pleaded guilty in separate cases to pollution charges.


Sanford ordered to forfeit $20m vessel after illegal trawling 24th February 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.