In July 2023, New Zealand signed a free trade agreement with the European Union. Implementation of the agreement will require changes to the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006.
In early July the New Zealand Prime Minister and the European Commission President jointly announced that a free trade agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and Europe had been signed.
As part of the FTA, New Zealand has agreed to protect around 2,000 European geographical indications for use on a wide range of foods and beverages. In return, the European Union has agreed to protect New Zealand-registered geographical indications for wines and spirits. Read more