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On 14 November 2012, the Government announced amendments to the Raw Milk Regulations. The new Regulations will take effect on the first day of the next dairy season, 1 June 2013. The amendments follow an extensive consultation process on how to ensure that the Regulations are best meeting the following objectives:
The new Raw Milk Regulations will be available at www.legislation.govt.nz. For further detail on the changes, the following material may be of interest:
On 24 July 2012, the Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill passed its third and final reading. The Bill amends the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) to achieve three key things:
The amended Dairy Industry Restructuring Act will be available at www.legislation.govt.nz. For further detail on the changes, the following material may be of interest:
To allow full consideration of the large volume of submissions received in relation to the Raw Milk Regulations, the Government will separately announce amendments to the Raw Milk Regulations.
Submissions closed on 24 February 2012 and MAF received over 800 submissions. There were a number of submissions from various groups such as dairy processors, farmer groups, speciality food and beverage companies, Consumer NZ, and the Federation of Maori Authorities.
The remaining submissions were from farmers and other interested individuals.
The majority of written submissions were in relation to the Raw Milk Regulations. The key points were as follows:
Consultation has opened on the government's proposed response to reviews of Fonterra's farm gate milk price setting and the Raw Milk Regulations.
Throughout 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry led reviews on three work streams relating to the regulatory regime that underpins New Zealand's dairy industry
While these work streams are each looking at separate issues, they all aim to ensure the long term growth and dynamic efficiency of New Zealand's dairy industry. MAF considers it important to bring these work streams together and to publicly consult on the preferred options in combination. After the public consultation process is completed, options will be presented to the Government for consideration, which may result in legislative or other amendments being made.
The public consultation document is available here:
Proposals to Amend the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act and Raw Milk Regulations. This document is made up of a number of consultation and background documents. As the documents may be of varying relevance to different stakeholders, they can also be separately downloaded below:
In addition to the key consultation material, further background information is provided, as follows: