September 18, 2018
Māori plant rights put to CPTPP test
The Government wants to hear from Māori about how New Zealand’s plant variety rights law can be changed to reflect Waitangi Tribunal findings on customary rights and intellectual property.
He says it needs to strike the right balance between the interests of rights holders, Māori, farmers and growers, consumers and the wider economy so New Zealand gains maximum benefit from the regime while meeting international and Treaty of Waitangi obligations.
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says New Zealand negotiated a specific exception in the CPTPP so it can adopt any policy it considers necessary to give effect to Treaty of Waitangi obligations.
Announcing a 13-week public consultation at yesterday's Ngā Tāonga Tuku Iho Conference in Nelson, Mr Faafoi said a robust plant variety rights regime gives plant breeders intellectual property rights over new plant varieties they have developed, encouraging the development and dissemination of new plant varieties.
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