Review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001

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Contact: DIRA Review Team


16 November 2018 – Public meeting details

We're holding public meetings throughout the country to give anyone interested in the DIRA review an opportunity to get involved. 

DIRA review consultation process

The Government is reviewing the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 (DIRA) and its impact on the dairy industry.

Following the release of the Government's terms of reference for the review, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) engaged with a range of industry stakeholders to help develop a preliminary analysis of issues and options for potential legislative changes. We also commissioned 2 reports from an independent economic consultancy, Frontier Economics, on the performance of the New Zealand dairy industry.

We're now seeking your feedback on the issues and options outlined in the DIRA discussion document.

This will help us:

  • test our current understanding and analysis of issues and options
  • get input on costs, benefits, and other impacts of the potential legislative changes to make sure they deliver the right outcomes.  

Consultation opens on 2 November 2018 and closes 8 February 2019.

We'll be holding public meetings throughout the country to give anyone interested in the DIRA review an opportunity to get involved. We'll let you know about these on this web page and through MPI social media.

DIRA discussion document

If you want a hard copy of the discussion document, email us (with your name and postal address) at

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Public meeting schedule

We encourage you to take part in our public meetings for the DIRA review. 

19 November 11am to 1pm Dannevirke Golf Club
Corner of Tamaki River Rd and State Highway 2, Dannevirke
28 November 11.30am to 1.30pm Stratford War Memorial Centre Function Facility
55 Miranda St, Stratford
3 December 11am to 1pm Morrinsville District Memorial RSA,
27 Studholme St, Morrinsville
4 December 11am to 1pm Te Awamutu Rugby Sports & Recreation Club
420 Albert Park Drive, Te Awamutu
6 December 1pm to 3pm The Orchard Church
20 MacLoughlin Drive, Te Puke
10 December 11am to 1pm

Rangiora Showgrounds Function Centre
156 Ashley Street, Rangiora

11 December 11am to 1pm

Collegiate Rugby Football Club
Smithfield Road, Netherby, Ashburton

14 December 11am to 1pm

Feilding Scout Hall
152 Manchester Street, Feilding

14 January 11am to 1pm

Northland Events Centre
51 Okara Drive, Whangarei

17 January 11am to 1pm

Carterton Events Centre
50 Holloway St, Carterton

22 January 11.30am to 1.30pm

Kumara Memorial Hall
58 Seddon St, Kumara, West Coast

23 January 11am to 1pm

Winton RSA Hall
186 Great North Road, Winton

28 January 11am to 1pm

Club Waimea
345 Queen Street, Richmond

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on Friday 8 February 2019.

You may respond to any or all of the questions set out in the discussion document. Where possible, include evidence to support your views, for example references to independent research, data or relevant examples.

You can make your submission by:

Or mail your submission to:

DIRA review team
Agriculture, Marine and Plant Policy
Policy and Trade Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Make sure you include the following information in your submission:

  • the title of the discussion document
  • your name, title and contact details (phone number, address and email)
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation) and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it.

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 must make the information available unless there is a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission (such as commercial sensitivity or personal information). MPI will take such indications into account when determining whether or not to release the information. Any decision MPI makes to withhold information can, however, be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

MPI may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. Unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission, MPI will consider that you have consented to its publication.

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