Have Your Say: Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 review - Issues paper

Submissions are due by
5pm on Friday, 21 December 2018
Issues Paper PDF Document 1811kb
Submission template Docx Microsoft Word Format 39kb
Information sheet: Wai 262 recommendations PDF Document 338kb
Information sheet: What are Plant Variety Rights PDF Document 340kb
Information sheet: What does the Issues Paper cover PDF Document 337kb
Information sheet: What the PVR regime does and doesn't cover PDF Document 337kb


As part of its review of the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987, MBIE has released an Issues Paper for public consultation.

We want to hear from you on whether there are problems with the PVR regime that should be addressed. The Issues Paper covers some issues that we heard about in our pre-consultation engagement with some industry and Māori experts, but we also encourage you to raise any issues not covered in the document.

Our coverage of the problems in this issues paper is intended to be exploratory. We are seeking to better understand how the PVR regime operates in practice, how Māori interests are protected in the regime, and the key issues and opportunities for change.

Your feedback will help inform the development of an options paper that will set out options for change to the PVR regime. We anticipate consulting on this options paper in mid-2019.

How to Make a Submission

You tell us what you think the issues are with the plant variety rights regime by:

  • attending consultation hui (more information below).
  • emailing your submission to PVRActReview@mbie.govt.nz.
  • posting your submission to:
    Business Law
    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 issues in this paper, or raise issues not covered in the 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 [DOCX 39KB]. Please also include your name and (if applicable) the name of your organisation in your submission.

Please direct any questions that you have in relation to the submissions process to PVRActReview@mbie.govt.nz.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday, 21 December 2018.

Consultation hui

We will be holding consultation hui over October-December 2018.

Regional hui

We are consulting on patent disclosure of origin alongside the Plant Variety Rights Act review. We will be holding regional hui with Māori during the consultation period to discuss both the Plant Variety Rights Act review issues paper and the patent disclosure of origin discussion document.

The seven regional hui for Māori will be held in:

  • Northland – date/location tbc
  • Waikato – date/location tbc
  • Tauranga – 11am-3pm, November 6, Historic Village
  • Gisborne – 11am-3pm, November 8, Emerald Hotel
  • Hastings – 11am-3pm, November 13, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
  • Hawera – 11am-3pm, November 16, TSB Hub
  • Canterbury – date/location tbc

Please register your interest if you would like to attend one of our consultation hui.

Public meetings

The three public meetings for engagement with the public/industry on the Plant Variety Rights Act review only (a separate meeting on disclosure of origin is TBC) will be held in:

  • Christchurch – 10.30am-4.00pm, October 23, Rydges Latimer
  • Tauranga – 10.30am-4.00pm, October 30, Historic Village
  • Havelock North – 10.30am-4.00pm, November 1, Plant & Food Research (corner Crosses and St George's Roads)

Please register your interest if you would like to attend one of our public meetings

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