Proposed changes to the way organic production is regulated

Closing Date:
Contact: Food policy team

What is proposed?

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on whether New Zealand would benefit from new organic regulation.

To assess whether regulating organics would have merit for New Zealand, it is important to think about how such an approach might work in practice and understand its possible benefits, costs and impacts.

The discussion paper proposes changes to the way organics are regulated and sets out some options for what a new regime for organic products could look like.

During the consultation, which runs from 14 May 2018 to 11 June 2018, public meetings will be held throughout the country.

Consultation documents

Have your say – make your submission

All interested individuals and organisations are invited to make a submission or provide other information relevant to the regulation of organic production. Send us your feedback before the consultation closes at 5pm on 11 June 2018.

You can:

If you have any problems with the online submission form, email

While we prefer email or online submissions, you can post written feedback to:

Food Policy
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include in your submission

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • your name and title (if applicable)
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email)
  • your thoughts on the proposals, including reasons for your views
  • the possible impacts of these proposals on you or your businesses
  • any changes you would suggest, and why.

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration.

Public meetings

MPI is holding public meetings to provide information and answer questions on the proposal.

Let us know if you're planning to attend. Email


Fri 18 May


St Andrews on the Terrace,

30 The Terrace

1pm to 2.30 pm

Tue 22 May


Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (Auditorium)

31 Queens Gardens

11.30am to 1pm

Wed 23 May


Commodore Hotel

449 Memorial Avenue

10.00am to 11.30am

Thur 24 May

New Plymouth

Brougham Heights (Colbe Room)

54 Brougham Street

11.30am to 1pm

Tue 29 May


Forum North (Cafler Suite)

7 Rust Avenue

1pm to 2.30pm

Wed 30 May


Wintergarden Pavillion

Kiosk Road, Auckland Domain

10.00am to 11.30am

Wed 30 May


Crown Hotel

22A Waghorne Street

11.00am to 12.30pm

Fri 1 June


The Verandah Function Centre

Rotorua Drive, Hamilton Lake Domain

1pm to 2.30pm

Tue 5 June


The Hotel Nelson

40 Waimea Road

11.30am to 1pm

Thur 7 June


Hotel Armitage Conference Centre

9 Willow Street, Tauranga

11.30am to 1pm

Next steps

Submissions will be used to inform further analysis. A summary of the information received through consultation will be made publicly available.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it (refer to sections 6 and 9 of the OIA).

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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