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Proposed amendments to the Biosecurity (Infringement Offences) Regulations 2010

Background to the proposals

The Minister for Biosecurity is proposing amendments to the Biosecurity (Infringement Offences) Regulations 2010. The proposed changes involve:

  • setting 3 new infringement offences and related infringement fees
  • removing the current requirement for a serving officer's full name to be provided on an infringement notice.

We sought stakeholder feedback on the proposals between 17 August 2018 and 19 September 2018.

How we gathered feedback

Targeted stakeholder engagement was held with the people most affected. Letters were sent to about 4,000 stakeholders, outlining the proposed changes and inviting discussion with Biosecurity New Zealand by:

  • email
  • meeting or phone call
  • open stakeholder forums in Auckland on 28 August and in Christchurch 19 September 2018.

The proposals received broad support

The proposals received broad support as a necessary and appropriate move to enforce biosecurity requirements at the border. About 86% of responses expressed support or were neutral on the proposals. We've prepared a Summary of submissions report, outlining the main questions and concerns along with our answers and comments. 

Download the Summary of submissions [PDF, 433 KB]

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