Justice Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the Law Commission’s latest report Pecuniary Penalties – Guidance for Legislative Design tabled in Parliament today.
The Report sets out the Commission’s view on the laws relating to pecuniary penalties, considers the circumstances in which they should be used and the legal framework underpinning them.
Pecuniary penalties are fines typically imposed on an individual or a company for breaching the statutory rules under which they operate a business or enterprise. They are primarily imposed by the High Court of New Zealand in civil cases and can involve large sums of money being paid to the Crown.
Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $135,000 towards a project run by Waikato Regional Council to better understand and overcome the barriers farmers face in reducing contaminants running off their land into water ways.
“Achieving water quality limits and targets for fresh water in many areas depends on farmers changing management practices,” Ms Adams says.
“Understanding their difficulties and incentives is important in assessing how quickly farmers can change practices, how expensive it is for them and, therefore, what practices should be the focus of future policy.
Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced funding of $100,000 for a collaborative approach to fresh water modelling in the Wellington region.
The money was awarded to Greater Wellington Regional Council from the Government’s Community Environment Fund.
“There are so many different models available, each with its own strengths or shortcomings. This project will get all the modellers together to determine which is the most appropriate to use in specific circumstances or under specific conditions,” Ms Adams says.
Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced Government funding of $115,000 towards a project to improve regional council understanding of soil loss into water ways.
“Regional councils need better information to help them manage soil erosion and sediment build-up in our water ways. Most regions have monitoring programmes and collect data, but these have usually been developed in isolation,” Ms Adams says.