Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 review: Options paper

Submissions closed: 09 September 2019, 5pm

From 9 July to 9 September 2019 we consulted on an Options Paper as part of our review of the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987.


The purpose of the Options Paper is to get feedback on our proposed options for changing the Plant Variety Rights (PVR) regime. 

The paper analyses options (and indicates preferred options) for:

  • how New Zealand meets its obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in relation to the most recent international agreement on PVR protection (UPOV 91)
  • how the Crown meets its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty) in the PVR regime
  • how the provisions of UPOV 91 are implemented in the domestic PVR regime.

We held an options hui in August

On 5 and 6 August 2019, we held a two day hui at the MBIE offices in Wellington (at 15 Stout Street) to discuss the Options Paper. Thank you to all who attended this hui and who took the time to engage with us and other participants. A report on the hui, which includes a summary of the discussions and the feedback provided by participants, is included above.