The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill ("The GI Bill"), amends the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 ("The GI Act") to ensure a smooth registration process. The GI Bill was introduced to Parliament in November 2015 and received Royal Assent on 25 November 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.
The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Regulations 2017 (“The GI Regulations”) were consequently approved on 29 June 2017. Along with the GI Act, these will come into force on 27 July 2017.
More information on these may be found at the following links:
- The GI Act
- The GI Bill
- The GI Regulations
- 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.