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Farmers are busy at the moment,
and Federated Farmers are just
as busy looking after the off-farm
risks for our members. 2011 will
be a big year for these risks.
The Land and Water Forum (LAWF)
will be holding a consultation
meeting in Invercargill at 7pm,
Wednesday, February 23, at
the Ascot Park Hotel. LAWF is
a fundamental review of how
water should be managed in New
Zealand. While Federated Farmers
have been heavily involved in the
process, you need to turn up and
have your say also, because the
views expressed at the meeting
will be taken into account when
considering the way forward.
We continue to vociferously
oppose the Emissions Trading
Scheme and especially the
inclusion of biological emissions,
not least because it creates poor
incentives at a time when farmers
need to be profitable so we can
feed a growing world population
and get the country out of debt.
More locally, we have the
Environment Southland Regional
Policy Statement review and the
Southland District Plan review
due to enter the next consultation
phase in late 2011, both with the
potential to significantly impact on
your farming operation.
We will also be submitting to all
of Southland's councils on their
annual plans this year, in an effort
to get more fairness into rating,
and have been working with ES
on their current discharge plan
Farmers with publicly owned
walking tracks or unformed legal
(paper) roads on their land should
be aware that there are now maps
available of publicly owned land.
Federated Farmers have serious
reservations about the accuracy of
these maps, and what the use
of these maps may mean to your
If you have any issues please
contact the Walking Access
Commission's Southland field
officer, Noel Beggs on 027
Finally, farmers may have been
given a false impression that
microchipping of dogs over three
months old is compulsory, from
last week's Fiordland Advocate
(Dog registration fee to increase
25%, p. 15). Working dogs are
exempt from this requirement
under the Dog Control Act after
Federated Farmers fought hard for
• David Rose is a Federated
Farmers national board member.
He lives at Oporo.
Off-farm risks in focus
PO Box 251
Te Anau 9640
Justin is not a "Dirty Dog" but he is something of a mutt being
part poodle, part bichon and part shitzu. He is also, as his Te Anau
owners proudly point out, "cute as and very lovable".
thiis was not a set-up shot... Tania Fraser's dog
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PROOF OF IDENTITY
The world is changing and lawyers have
had to alter the way they deal with clients.
In the past the requirements for formally
identifying clients were flexible. This,
unfortunately, has changed.
Lawyers are often required to verify
their clients identity. Some examples
include transactions dealing with land
and other financial transactions. The best
and easiest way for this to be done is for
the lawyer to hold cur rent photographic
identification of the client. In the case of
a company, photographic identification
will be required of the directors. In the
case of a trust, photographic identification
will be required of the trustees.
Fraud is becoming an increasingly
common problem and while electronic
banking and registration of land
transactions etc may be more efficient and
convenient, the lack of personal contact,
property deeds and documentation gives
and increased opportunity for fraud.
In the case of land transactions there is
a statutory obligation on lawyers to be
satisfied beyond doubt of the identity
of their client. As a minimum for those
whom we do not know well we would
ask for a copy of a current form of photo
ID, such as passport, drivers licence,
gun licence etc. Often we would also
seek a second form of proof such as
Bank Statement, utility bill or similar
addressed to the client.
There are circumstances where photo
ID is not available. For a regular client
that has no photo ID if the lawyer had
personally known them for more than
12 months they may accept another form
of proof such as a utility bill addressed
to that client.
For a new client who has no photo ID we
would require for mal identification by a
reliable independent witness in the same
way as would be required for a passport.
That witness should be prepared to sign
a statutory declaration as to the length of
time that he or she has known the client
and to also provide us with his or her
Lawyers have had to recognise that
times have changed. Our obligation to
identify you is prompted by concern
for the welfare of our clients and also is
often required by law. So, please do not
be offended if you are asked for ID.
Hannah Hodson is AWS Legal's Te Anau Solicitor. Please remember that this
information is designed as a general guide and should not replace specific legal
advice on a particular issue.
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