Quad bike deaths cause for thought

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

late the use of on farm ve­hi­cles. The only am­mu­ni­tion I will have to lobby against such thought, is to have a vastly im­proved farm safety record so to ar­gue for self reg­u­la­tion on farm work­place ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tional safety. An­other farm in­surance is­sue to bring to your no­tice, is the re­cent in­stances of wild­fires in Can­ter­bury that have high­lighted the need for farm­ers to be prop­erly and ad­e­quately in­sured against all as­pects of fire. Farm­ers should en­sure that their pol­icy will pro­tect them against the costs of dam­age or loss of their own prop­erty and oth­ers, should a fire ig­nite on their land and spread but also for ru­ral fire­fight­ing in­surance to cover the cost of sup­pres­sion. Farm­ers should be aware that a pub­lic li­a­bil­ity pol­icy does not nec­es­sar­ily cover this fire sup­pres­sion cost so if in any doubt, farm­ers should con­tact their in­surer. Farmer em­ploy­ers will have IRD im­ple­ment­ing a few changes from April 1, 2013 which may af­fect their pay­roll cal­cu­la­tions and the de­tails you en­ter on your em­ployer monthly sched­ule (EMS).

from the first pay pe­riod com­menc­ing on or af­ter April 1, 2013. The rate change will also ap­ply to em­ploy­ees with a com­ply­ing fund.

Also school chil­dren. If you pay salary/ wages or sched­uler pay­ments to school chil­dren, you must deduct PAYE and record them on your EMS from April 1, 2013. On a happy note, my District Fed team wish you all well in your farm busi­ness ex­port pri­mary prod­uct en­deav­ours for this new year.

Stew Wadey

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