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Amendments to the Nursery Stock Import Health Standard concerning Vitis plants

Have your say

From 16 June to 13 July 2023, Biosecurity New Zealand invites comment on proposed changes to the Nursery Stock Import Health Standard (IHS) 155.02.06.

We are proposing to:

  • add 3 pests to the regulated pest list for Vitis imports, to be regulated by PCR during post-entry quarantine
  • remove the option to import Vitis plants sourced from mother plants grown in open-field plantations when Vitis is sourced from an offshore MPI-approved facility.

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Risk Management Proposal: Amendments to the import requirements for Vitis nursery stock [PDF, 399 KB]

Draft IHS: 155.02.06 Importation of Nursery Stock [PDF, 6.7 MB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft by 5pm on 13 July 2023 to

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • 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).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Plant Imports
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended import health standard (IHS) is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Next steps

After we have considered all submissions, there is a 10-day period which provides submitters with the opportunity to examine any changes to the IHS which have resulted from consultation. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) may be requested in this period if a submitter considers scientific evidence they raised during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there is no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

Find out more about the process

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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