Commodity Levies (Milksolids) Order 2014

Reprint as at 11 December 2015

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Commodity Levies (Milksolids) Order 2014

(LI 2014/363)

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 1st day of December 2014

Present:
The Right Hon John Key presiding in Council

Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This order is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Pursuant to section 4 of the Commodity Levies Act 1990, His Excellency the Governor-General makes the following order, acting—

(a)

on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and

(b)

on the recommendation of the Minister for Primary Industries given in accordance with sections 5 and 6 of that Act.

Order

1 Title

This order is the Commodity Levies (Milksolids) Order 2014.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force on 2 February 2015.

Order: confirmed, on 11 December 2015, by section 10(e) of the Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Act 2015 (2015 No 119).

3 Interpretation

In this order, unless the context otherwise requires,—

collection agent means—

(a)

a dairy processor whose business includes buying milksolids from a dairy farmer; and

(b)

a person whose business includes buying milksolids from a dairy farmer for supply directly or indirectly to a dairy processor

dairy farmer

(a)

means a person whose business includes producing milksolids for supply to a dairy processor; and

(b)

includes a dairy farm owner, a dairy farm leaseholder, and a sharemilker

dairy processor means a person whose business includes operating a dairy factory

DairyNZ means the incorporated society registered as DairyNZ Incorporated at the commencement of this order

GST means goods and services tax payable under the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985

levy means the levy imposed by clause 5

levy money means money paid or payable under this order as a levy

levy year means,—

(a)

for the first levy year, the period starting on 2 February 2015 and ending on 31 May 2015; and

(b)

for all levy years other than the first and last levy years, a period of 12 months starting on 1 June and ending on 31 May; and

(c)

for the last levy year, the period starting on 1 June 2020 and ending with the revocation of this order

milksolids means the milk-fat and protein components of raw bovine milk

sharemilker means a person who—

(a)

is contracted to perform work on a dairy farm (except as an employee); and

(b)

is entitled under a sharemilking agreement to receive a share of the returns or profits from the dairy farm operation.

4 GST

A reference in this order to the payment or recovery of a levy or collection fee must be read as including the payment or recovery of any GST payable on the levy or collection fee.

Imposition of levy

5 Levy on milksolids

(1)

A levy is imposed on milksolids produced in New Zealand by a dairy farmer for supply to a dairy processor.

(2)

The levy is payable to DairyNZ.

(3)

The dairy farmer who produces milksolids is primarily responsible for paying the levy on them.

(4)

A collection agent who buys milksolids from the dairy farmer—

(a)

must pay the levy on them; and

(b)

may recover the levy from the dairy farmer.

Setting and rate of levy

6 Levy rate

(1)

The maximum rate of the levy is 5 cents per kilogram of milksolids (exclusive of GST).

(2)

DairyNZ must set the actual rate of the levy,—

(a)

for the levy years ending on 31 May 2015 and 31 May 2016, in accordance with its rules; and

(b)

for the levy years ending on or after 31 May 2017, in accordance with its rules and after consulting with dairy farmers before the beginning of the levy year.

(3)

If DairyNZ does not set the actual rate of the levy before the beginning of a levy year, the levy for that year is payable at the rate last set.

(4)

The levy must be set at a single rate.

7 Basis for calculation

(1)

DairyNZ must calculate the levy on the basis of the quantity in kilograms of milksolids sold to a collection agent.

(2)

In determining the quantity of milksolids sold to a collection agent, DairyNZ may,—

(a)

if it receives information on the quantity of milksolids sold by a dairy farmer to the collection agent, rely on that information without further inquiry; or

(b)

if it receives information on the quantity of liquid milk sold by a dairy farmer to the collection agent, calculate the equivalent quantity of milksolids using the conversion rate that DairyNZ determines.

8 Notification of levy rate

As soon as practicable after it has fixed the actual rate of the levy for a levy year, DairyNZ must notify that rate—

(a)

by email or post to all dairy processors known to DairyNZ; and

(b)

in a major rural publication; and

(c)

in DairyNZ’s official magazine; and

(d)

on DairyNZ’s Internet site.

Payment and recovery of levy

9 Due and latest dates for payment

(1)

The due date for payment of the levy is,—

(a)

for milksolids that a collection agent pays for on a monthly basis, the 20th day of the month after the month in which the milksolids were supplied; or

(b)

for milksolids that a collection agent pays for on any basis other than monthly,—

(i)

20 June 2015, for levies on milksolids supplied during the first levy year; and

(ii)

the 20th day of the month after the last month of the quarter in which the milksolids were supplied, for levies on milksolids supplied during any levy year other than the first levy year.

(2)

The latest date for payment of the levy is the last day of the month in which the due date falls.

(3)

DairyNZ may extend the time for a collection agent to pay an amount of levy money if DairyNZ considers that the collection agent was or will be unable to pay the levy money by the latest date for payment because of extraordinary circumstances beyond the collection agent’s control.

(4)

In subclause (1), quarter means a 3-month period beginning on—

(a)

1 June; or

(b)

1 September; or

(c)

1 December; or

(d)

1 March.

10 Additional levy for late payment

(1)

If a collection agent does not pay an amount of levy money by the required date, the collection agent must pay DairyNZ—

(a)

an additional levy of 5% of the amount of the unpaid levy money; and

(b)

for each whole month that the amount (or part of the amount) remains unpaid after the required date, a further additional levy of 5% of the unpaid amount.

(2)

Any additional levy that remains unpaid is not itself subject to subclause (1).

(3)

DairyNZ must apply levy money paid by a collection agent to amounts owed by the collection agent in the order in which they fall due.

(4)

In subclause (1), required date means—

(a)

the latest date for payment; or

(b)

if clause 9(3) applies, the date allowed by DairyNZ.

11 Recovery of levy from dairy farmer

(1)

A collection agent who buys milksolids from a dairy farmer may recover the levy from the dairy farmer—

(a)

by deducting the amount of the levy from the payment made to the dairy farmer for the milksolids; or

(b)

by recovering the amount of the levy as a debt due from the dairy farmer.

(2)

If subclause (1)(a) applies, the collection agent must advise the dairy farmer by email or post of the amount of the levy deducted.

12 Collection fee

(1)

A collection agent may charge DairyNZ a collection fee of not more than 0.5% of the amount of the levy payable by the collection agent.

(2)

The collection agent may—

(a)

deduct the collection fee from the collection agent’s levy payment to DairyNZ; or

(b)

recover the collection fee as a debt due from DairyNZ.

13 Conscientious objection to paying DairyNZ

(1)

If a collection agent objects on conscientious or religious grounds to paying the levy to DairyNZ, the collection agent must pay the levy to the Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

(2)

The Director-General must pay any amounts received under subclause (1) to DairyNZ.

Spending levy money

14 Purposes for which levy money may be spent

DairyNZ may spend levy money only for the following purposes relating to milksolids or dairy farmers:

(a)

research and development, including information transfer and farmer technology adoption practices:

(b)

biosecurity activities, including disease control and mitigation:

(c)

providing information to dairy farmers:

(d)

promoting, and advocating on behalf of, the dairy industry:

(e)

developing and supporting dairy industry evaluation systems, data networks, and databases, including publication of relevant indices, statistics, and economic information:

(f)

education and training:

(g)

administration of DairyNZ.

15 Consultation

(1)

Each levy year, DairyNZ must consult dairy farmers on how it proposes to spend levy money.

(2)

Prior to its annual general meeting, DairyNZ must distribute to dairy farmers the audited financial accounts for the levy in the previous levy year and the expenditure plan for the next levy year.

(3)

DairyNZ must allow dairy farmers at the annual general meeting to speak on all matters relating to spending levy money.

16 Levy money may be spent by branches and subsidiaries

The levy money may be spent by DairyNZ or by its branches or subsidiaries.

Returns, records, and confidentiality

17 Collection agents must provide returns to DairyNZ

(1)

DairyNZ may request in writing from a collection agent any information that is reasonably required for determining the amounts of levy payable by the collection agent.

(2)

As soon as is reasonably practicable after receiving a request, a collection agent must supply DairyNZ with a written return containing the information requested.

18 Records to be kept by DairyNZ

DairyNZ must keep records of the following for each levy year:

(a)

for each amount of levy money received,—

(i)

the amount received; and

(ii)

the date on which it was received; and

(iii)

the name and address of the collection agent who made the payment:

(b)

how the levy money was spent or invested.

19 Records to be kept by collection agents

A collection agent must keep records of the following for each levy year:

(a)

for each dairy farmer from whom the collection agent bought milksolids,—

(i)

the dairy farmer’s name, address, contact details, and unique supplier or party number; and

(ii)

the quantity of milksolids bought from the dairy farmer and the period during which the milksolids were bought:

(b)

each amount of levy money paid to DairyNZ and the date of each payment:

(c)

the amount of collection fee deducted from each payment of levy money made to DairyNZ.

20 Records must be kept for 3 years

The records required by clauses 18 and 19 must be kept for at least 3 years after the end of the levy year to which they relate.

21 Confidentiality of information

(1)

This clause applies to information obtained—

(a)

under or because of this order; or

(b)

under the Act in relation to this order.

(2)

A person must not disclose information to anyone other than an officer or employee of DairyNZ unless—

(a)

the disclosure is the giving of evidence in any legal proceedings taken in relation to this order; or

(b)

the disclosure is required by law; or

(c)

the disclosure is allowed by subclause (3).

(3)

DairyNZ, a DairyNZ subsidiary, or a collection agent may disclose information—

(a)

for the following purposes:

(i)

statistical or research purposes that do not involve the disclosure of personal information; or

(ii)

collecting the levy; or

(iii)

communicating with dairy farmers and supporting research development and extension activities; or

(b)

if every identifiable person to whom the information relates consents.

Dispute resolution

22 Mediation of disputes

(1)

This clause applies to any dispute about—

(a)

whether a person is required to pay the levy; or

(b)

the amount of levy payable.

(2)

If a dispute arises that the parties to the dispute are unable to resolve by themselves, the parties must follow the mediation process set out in the Schedule.

Compliance audits

23 Remuneration of auditors

DairyNZ must remunerate a person appointed as an auditor under section 15 of the Act at a rate determined by the Minister for Primary Industries after consultation with DairyNZ.

Revocation

24 Order revoked

The Commodity Levies (Milksolids) Order 2009 (SR 2009/9) is revoked.

Schedule Mediation of disputes

cl 22

1 Appointment of mediators

(1)

A party to the dispute may ask the President of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Incorporated to appoint a person to resolve the dispute by mediation.

(2)

If asked, the President (or a person authorised by the President) may appoint a person to resolve the dispute by mediation.

(3)

The mediator’s appointment ends if—

(a)

the parties resolve the dispute by agreement; or

(b)

the mediator resolves the dispute under clause 8.

2 Remuneration of mediators

(1)

A mediator is to be paid remuneration (by way of fees and allowances) as agreed by the parties to the dispute.

(2)

If the parties to a dispute cannot agree on a mediator’s remuneration, the President of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Incorporated (or a person authorised by the President) must—

(a)

fix an amount or several amounts to be paid to the mediator as remuneration; and

(b)

specify the amount (if any) that each party must pay.

(3)

Each party must pay to the mediator the amount or amounts—

(a)

agreed under subclause (1); or

(b)

fixed and specified under subclause (2).

3 Conferences under control of mediators

A mediator must—

(a)

organise the date, time, and place for each conference to be held by the mediator; and

(b)

notify the parties of the matters specified in paragraph (a) by email or post; and

(c)

preside at the conference.

4 Representatives

A mediator may allow a representative of a party to a dispute to attend a conference with the mediator if the mediator is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so in all the circumstances.

5 Conferences to be held in private

The only people who may attend a conference organised by the mediator are—

(a)

the parties; and

(b)

the mediator; and

(c)

representatives whom the mediator allows to attend.

6 Right to be heard

Each person who attends a conference may be heard at the conference.

7 Evidence

(1)

A mediator may hear and take into account any relevant evidence or information, whether or not it would be admissible in a court of law.

(2)

A mediator may seek and receive any evidence and make any investigations and inquiries that the mediator thinks desirable to resolve a dispute.

(3)

A mediator may require any person giving evidence at a conference to verify the evidence by statutory declaration.

8 Mediators may resolve dispute in certain cases

(1)

A mediator may resolve a dispute for the parties if—

(a)

the mediator has organised and presided at a conference of the parties, but the dispute has not been resolved; or

(b)

the mediator believes that the parties are unlikely to resolve the dispute, whether or not they confer directly.

(2)

A mediator who resolves a dispute under subclause (1) must give each party written notice of the mediator’s decision and the reasons for the decision.

(3)

The parties must comply with the mediator’s decision.

9 Cost of mediation

Each party must pay its own costs in relation to the mediation.

10 Appeal to District Court

(1)

A party to a dispute who is dissatisfied with the mediator’s decision may appeal to a District Court against the decision.

(2)

The appeal must be brought by filing a notice of appeal within 28 days after the decision is made, or within any longer time a District Court Judge allows.

(3)

The Registrar of the court must—

(a)

fix the time and place for the hearing of the appeal and notify the appellant and the other parties to the dispute; and

(b)

serve a copy of the notice of appeal on every other party to the dispute.

(4)

Each party to the dispute may appear and be heard at the hearing of the appeal.

(5)

The District Court may confirm, vary, or reverse the mediator’s decision.

(6)

The filing of a notice of appeal does not operate as a stay of any process for the enforcement of the mediator’s decision.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 2 February 2015, imposes a levy on bovine milksolids produced in New Zealand by dairy farmers and supplied to dairy processors. Dairy farmers are primarily responsible for the payment of the levy, but collection agents who buy milksolids from dairy farmers must pay the levy. Collection agents may recover the levy from dairy farmers. The levy is payable to DairyNZ Incorporated.

Before this order, a levy was imposed on milksolids by the Commodity Levies (Milksolids) Order 2009. This order revokes and replaces the earlier order.

Under section 12 of the Commodity Levies Act 1990, this order will be deemed to have been revoked at the close of 31 December 2015 unless it is confirmed by an Act of Parliament passed on or before that date. If this order is confirmed, it will be revoked at the end of 30 November 2020, unless it is extended under section 13(2) of the Commodity Levies Act 1990.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 4 December 2014.

Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of the Commodity Levies (Milksolids) Order 2014 that incorporates all the amendments to that order as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status

Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes

Editorial and format changes to reprints are made using the powers under sections 24 to 26 of the Legislation Act 2012. See also http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/.

4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint

Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Act 2015 (2015 No 119): section 10(e)