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Have your say on our options to improve the TIES Act, or offer your own ideas to help New Zealand support endangered species. Submissions close 5 pm 25 October 2019.

In this section

The TIES Act implements the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in New Zealand. It also promotes the protection of endangered species to enhance their survival. 

Things have changed a lot since the Trade in Endangered Species (TIES) Act became law in 1989. Some technical issues and unclear definitions have made it harder for New Zealand to implement the Act.

This includes growing concern worldwide about elephant ivory sales and its role in the decline of elephant populations through poaching. There is no ban or restrictions on the elephant ivory trade in New Zealand. So we want your views on how the Government could regulate this.

What is being proposed?

We’ve prepared a discussion document that asks your views on the ways we propose to help. It sets out the challenges and ways we could solve them. Each is followed by questions so you can tell us what you think.

The document includes reviews and suggestions for the following areas:

  • the trade of elephant ivory
  • travel with taonga
  • travel with personal and household effects
  • technical errors on permits
  • cost of certain activities

Now we want to hear what you think

Until 25 October 2019, we want your feedback.

Submit your responses or ideas on changes to the TIES Act to improve how New Zealand implements CITES and protects endangered species by:

You can also post submissions to:

Consultation: Review of the Trade in Endangered Species Act
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10420
Wellington 614

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