Background to NAIT and this consultation
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites public comment on changes proposed to the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act 2012 and regulations.
The NAIT scheme is New Zealand’s system for identifying and tracing cattle and deer.
- The scheme was set up in 2012.
- In 2016, OSPRI (which overesees the scheme) led a review to check how it was working.
- At around the same time, the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis was found in New Zealand.
NAIT is central to the biosecurity response effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis. The NAIT review and the response to Mycoplasma bovis both highlighted areas where the NAIT scheme can be improved. It requires action on a number of fronts including:
- operational changes to the scheme (being done by OSPRI)
- a greater focus on communication, compliance, and enforcement
- some changes to the Act and regulations underpinning the scheme.
Have your say
This consultation covers the proposed changes to the Act and regulations.
Submissions open on 30 October 2018 and close at 5pm on 19 December 2018.