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NAIT improvements ramp up

Hon Damien O’Connor

Minister of Agriculture
Minister for Biosecurity


30 October 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT


Work to strengthen New Zealand’s animal tracing system to protect our economic base and unique way of life ramps up today, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor said.

“The National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme should have worked better during the Mycoplasma bovis response and I’m determined to help transform it into an easy-to-use, world-class traceability system to keep our primary sectors and economy safe,” Damien O’Connor said.

“From today, everyone who has an interest in NAIT can have a say on proposed ways to strengthen it for the future.

“Earlier this year the long-awaited NAIT Review found a variety of flaws in the system and more than half of users were not recording farm-to-farm movements.

“We instructed OSPRI to crack on with making operational changes and fixed the NAIT Act 2012 under urgency to bring its search and inspection powers in line with other Acts to ensure compliance officers can do their jobs.

“Now we need to hear from those who use NAIT every day to tell us what changes to the law will make the system both a useful business tool and effective biosecurity tool.

“At the heart of these proposals is a shared desire by the Government, farming industries and all New Zealanders to improve NAIT to keep our primary sectors safe and ensure those blatantly disregarding the rules and putting the rest of the sector at risk are penalised,” Damien O’Connor said.

The Ministry for Primary Industries launched the regulatory consultation this morning at a technical briefing for farming and industry stakeholders.

It looks at ways to tighten rules around handling untagged animals, improve the use of data, and align penalties with other Acts to reflect the seriousness of non-compliance with NAIT. It also discusses longer term improvements such as including other species and specifying roles for transporters and stock agents.

Read more and submit at www.mpi.govt.nz/NAITconsultation by 19 December 2018.

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