The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill (The GI Bill), which amends the Geographical Indications Act to ensure a smooth registration process, was introduced to Parliament in November 2015. It was debated for the first time on 17 March 2016, and was referred to the Primary Production Select Committee to consider. The Select Committee is expected to release its report on the Bill before 17 September 2016.
An exposure draft of the proposed regulations and fees schedule was released for public consultation in July 2016. The consultation documents and copies of the public submissions can be found on the MBIE website.
More information on the GI Act, the GI Bill and the implementation of the GI Act may be found at the following links:
- The GI Act
- The GI Bill
- Ministers’ media releases on the GI Bill
- 6 July 2016 - Geographical indications regulations consultation
- 17 March 2016 - Geographical indications law a step closer for New Zealand wine and spirit makers
- 3 November 2015 - Wine and Spirit geographical registration coming
- 31 March 2015 - Wine and Spirit geographical registration coming
- Cabinet papers and background documentation
- Information relating to current law relating to GIs in New Zealand.