In December 2019, Parliament passed the NAIT Amendment Bill (no 2). This legislation was introduced following:

  • recommendations made in the NAIT review
  • lessons learned from the Mycoplasma bovis response
  • consultation with farmers, industry and stakeholders. 

The changes have tightened the rules around handling untagged animals, and improved the use of NAIT data, with an increase in infringement penalties to reflect the seriousness of NAIT non-compliance.  

Summary of changes

  • PICAs are now required to make a NAIT animal’s location history available to a purchaser if requested.
  • Animals need to be ‘unsafe’ to tag, rather than just impractical, if they are not going to be tagged before transport to a meat processor.
  • PICAs need to register 'unsafe to tag' animals in NAIT before they are transported (rather than 48hrs before) and must visibly identify the untagged animals that have an exemption.
  • There are increased penalties for non-compliance.
  • PICAs will need to provide an annual estimate of the number and type of non-NAIT animals at a NAIT location.
  • From 14 June 2020, penalties were introduced for transporters moving untagged animals that do not have an exemption. If the transporter is carrying a declaration from the PICA that the animals are identified and registered with NAIT, they are exempt from the offence. PICAs will have to provide this declaration. MPI and NAIT will work with the industry on the content and form of this declaration before the requirement comes into effect.
  • From 14 December 2020, PICAs are only be able to use NAIT tags for the location they were purchased for – bringing New Zealand in line with international best practice. Current stockpiles need to be used up within the 12-month period.