Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 review: Options paper

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Submissions due: 09 September 2019, 5pm

We are consulting 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 are holding a hui in Wellington

On 5 and 6 August 2019, we are planning to hold a two day hui at the MBIE offices in Wellington (at 15 Stout Street) to discuss the Options Paper.

Monday 5 August will focus on Treaty of Waitangi compliance.

Tuesday 6 August will focus on the policy issues associated with aligning our regime with UPOV 91.

Each day will run from 10am-4pm. Interested participants are welcome to attend either one, or both day(s).

We have some funding to assist Māori organisations and individuals with travel expenses to attend the hui.

  • If you would like to participate in the hui and wish to request travel assistance, please complete the form linked below no later than 5pm, Wednesday 17 July. We will not be able to accept late requests for travel assistance.
  • If you would like to participate in the hui and do not require travel assistance, please register on the form linked below no later than 5pm, Monday 29 July.

Register for the hui(external link)

How to make a submission

You can provide feedback on our options for changing the PVR Act by:

  • attending consultation hui (more information above).
  • emailing your submission  to
  • posting your submission to:

Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property Policy
Building, Resources and Markets
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
PO Box 1473
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Your submission may respond to any or all of the options discussed in this paper. Where possible, please include evidence to support your views, for example references to independent research, facts and figures, or relevant examples.

If you wish to make a written submission, we encourage you to use the submissions template provided above. Please also include your name and (if applicable) the name of your organisation in your submission.

If you have any questions about the submissions process, please direct them to

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, 9 September 2019.