PVR Law Reform

New Zealand's Plant Variety Rights (PVR) law is based upon a UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants) convention, and we're still operating under a 1978 convention. It's been superseded by a 1991 convention, one that gives breeder far more protection. Around the world more and more jurisdictions have adopted UPOV91, including many of NZ's significant trading partners.

Late in 2016 the Government committed to PVR Act reform, a process that will see work through 2017 and beyond. Information below records progress through several milestones.


21 December 2018

NZPPI Submission on issues associated with the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 to inform the Act's review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment