Genetic Engineering (GMO land use) has no place in QUALITY primary production
and puts our economy, key markets, environment and health at risk.

MORE THAN 16,000 NEW ZEALANDERS SAY 'NO' TO GE TREES

GE Free Northland 

13 August 2017 Media Release

MORE THAN 16,000 NEW ZEALANDERS SAY 'NO' TO GE TREES

Pressure on the Ministry for Primary Industries over the last two years has resulted in MPI removing controversial clause 6.4 (GE trees) from the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry.

The new NES-PF (1) gives foresters, councils, and communities clear guidelines on how to protect the environment while achieving a sustainable forestry industry.

GE Free Northland welcomes the removal of the clause that would have permitted the planting of GE trees anywhere in NZ and specifically overriden any precautionary or prohibitive GE policies and rules of local councils (including those       of Northland and Auckland).

“We are pleased MPI has listened to the many thousands of submitters who have called for the removal of the controversial clause,” said Martin Robinson, spokesperson for GE Free Northland. 

NO to GE trees - Environmental Guidance in Forestry Standards Is Welcomed

GE-free stance sets example for the world

GE-free stance sets example for the world  Wairarapa News-Age   l3 July 2017    

http://times-age.co.nz/ge-free-stance-sets-example-world/

 

 

Update from GE Free Northland, Public Appeal for Funds (Court of Appeal case- Federated Farmers of NZ vs NRC

Make a submission- oppose an application to allow GE potatoes in our food! submissions needed to Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ)

Submission - A1139 - GE potatoes.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Template below and suggested points to make.  Please cut and paste into a new document.
Please personalise your submissions with your own words and add other points (further below).
Submissions close 7 July at 8 pm (NZ time). Email your submission to: submissions@foodstandards.gov.au

Or lodge online at www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/changes/submission/Pages/default.aspx

 

GE-FREE ZONE VICTORY AGAINST NICK SMITH'S ARROGANT POWER GRAB

 

GE-FREE ZONE VICTORY AGAINST NICK SMITH'S ARROGANT POWER GRAB

GE-Free Northland 6 April 2017 Media release

 

Whangarei, Far North, and Auckland communities are thankful that the Maori Party has successfully blocked the Government's attempt to pass controversial changes to the RMA that the Minister Nick Smith wanted to use to destroy valuable GE-free zones.

Northland's and Auckland's ability to establish a GM-free food producing zone under local plans has been protected following last minute changes to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

WIN FOR GM FREE REGIONS

Pure Hawke’s Bay Media Release 5 Aril 2017

http://purehawkesbay.org/win-for-gm-free-regions/

Hawke’s Bay exporters, growers and farmers who have worked hard to protect the region’s GM free status are happy the environment minister has had to back down from controversial amendments to the RMA he wants to take away the regions’ right to make their own decisions on GMOs.

Hawke’s Bay’s ability to establish a GM Free food producing zone under local plans has been shielded following last minute changes to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

An amendment negotiated by the Maori Party exempts GM crops from the scope of new ministerial powers overriding local decision-making.

Māori Party: Stand by your pledge to protect GM Free Regions

Dear Friends,

 

I just signed a petition for 'Māori Party: Stand by your pledge to protect GM Free Regions'.

Please add your name to this important issue. By signing this petition you support this call to action :)

Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see..the protection of our GE Free zones, valuable enterprises and ability to grow GE free food..

Smith's GE stance puts him on thin ice

Mike Williams: Smith's GE stance puts him on thin ice

26 March 2017 Hawke's Bay Today

Hawke's Bay featured in Television One's Sunday programme last week and watching it, I felt a sense of déjà vu.

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith’s power grab

https://organicnz.org.nz/media-releases/maori-party-says-no-way-to-nick-smiths-power-grab/

 

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith’s power grab

Northland and Auckland say NO to National Party Minister's Arrogant Power Grab

GE Free Northland Press Release

Northland and Auckland say NO to National Party Minister's Arrogant Power Grab

GE Free Northland Press Release

REGIONS HIT BACK AT MINISTER’S CONTINUED CRUSADE TO QUASH GM FREE ZONES

REGIONS HIT BACK AT MINISTER’S CONTINUED CRUSADE TO QUASH GM FREE ZONES

Pure Hawke’s Bay Media Release

March 6: The Environment Minister is continuing his crusade to strip regions of the ability to be GM Free – despite his ongoing struggles to get backing from Parliament.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO PROTECT GM FREE GROWING REGIONS

27 January 2017

 

GM Free growing regions are asking the Maori Party to stop the Government from removing local powers that protect their GM Free growing status.

GM Free Growing regions in Hastings District, Far North, Whangarei and Auckland are all under threat if the Maori Party sides with National.

The changes Environment Minister, Nick Smith wants to introduce to the Resource Management Act will take away the rights of regions to make their own decisions to protect their local economy and environment.

Under Clause 360D in the RMA Bill the Government can to stop regions from making their own decisions on key issues, such as whether their territories remain GM Free.

Opposition to powers overhauled RMA would give Smith

 

 

Opposition to powers overhauled RMA would give Smith  16 February 2017 National Radio

www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/324614/opposition-to-powers-overhauled-rma-would-give-smith

 

There is overwhelming opposition to the new powers the Environment Minister will receive if the government succeeds in overhauling the Resource Management Act.

GM FREE growing regions are calling on the Māori Party to stop the Government from removing local powers that protect their GM FREE status

Brilliant new  video from Pure Hawke's Bay
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GM FREE growing regions are calling on the Māori Party to stop the Government from removing local powers that protect their GM FREE status

BAY PRODUCERS WANT TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE

Bay producers want to be able to compete
Hawke's Bay Today, January 19 2017

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11784509


Just before Christmas, the Maori Party took a stand that is hugely important for Hawke's Bay.

The party told Environment Minister Nick Smith it does not support giving him new powers under the Resource Management Act (RMA) - if he could use them to outlaw GM Free Food production zones.

The Maori Party's stance is critical.

NATIONAL PARTY POWER GRAB STRIKES A ROCK- PRAISE FOR MAORI PARTY

GE Free Northland Media Release
21 December 2016
NATIONAL PARTY POWER GRAB STRIKES A ROCK- PRAISE FOR MAORI PARTY
GE Free Northland congratulates the Maori Party for resisting the National Party's attempt to strip councils of their ability to create enforceable GE Free Zones.
The Environment Minister wants new powers under the Resource Management Act (RMA) that he could use to extinguish Whangarei, Far North, and Auckland's official GE Free status.
Last week, the two Maori Party MP's informed the Minister Nick Smith they did not support those powers if they could be used to do away with GE Free Zones.
"We are grateful to the Maori Party for stating their support for GE Free Zones and our food sovereignty," said Martin Robinson, GE Free Northland spokesperson.
"This is full

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith's power grab

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith's power grab

Monday, December 19, 2016 Media Release

The Soil & Health Association congratulates the Maori Party for standing up for New Zealanders who want to live in a GE-Free community and saying no to Nick Smith’s attempt to ride roughshod over local democracy.
“Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has told the Environment Minister they will not support his attempts to regulate genetically modified crops nationally through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” says Soil & Health Association spokesperson Karen Summerhays.


“This spells the end for Nick Smith’s attempts to control what is grown in New Zealander’s neighbourhoods and available at their local markets.
“Local Authorities won the right to regulate the planting of genetically modified crops in their territories after years of legal battles over whether they could introduce GMO-Free zones through district plan rules.

GE Free from the Bombays to Cape Reinga

 

GE Free from the Bombays to Cape Reinga

20 September 2016

GE Free Northland/ Soil & Health Association NZ joint Press Release

 

GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association are celebrating the Far North and Whangarei District Councils’ decisions to retain precautionary and prohibitive genetically modified organisms (GMOs) provisions in their new District Plans.  This follows Auckland Council’s recent decision to retain similar precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the new Unitary Plan.  The result of which is a GE Free northern peninsula from the Bombay Hills to Cape Reinga. 

 

High Court ruling on GE a win for democracy

High Court ruling on GE a win for democracy

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The High Court has today upheld the ruling that regional councils do have the right to decide on the provisions, policies, and rules regarding the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their region. 

 

The Soil & Health Association (Soil & Health) celebrates this landmark decision as a win not only in the fight against genetic engineering (GE) and keeping a clean green Aotearoa, but also for democracy as it allows community values and concerns about GMOs to be taken into account when drafting regional policy instruments.  

 

Judge Mary Peters ruled in favour of the Whangarei District Council (WDC), Northland Regional Council (NRC), Soil & Health, GE Free Northland and others, dismissing the appeal on all questions raised by the appellants Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Federated Farmers).

 

Federated Farmers lose GMO court battle - again

 

www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11702377

 

Campaigners against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are hailing a High Court ruling allowing regional councils to decide whether GMOs can be banned in their areas.

But a group representing bio-scientists says the country is in danger of becoming a "bioscience backwater" following today's ruling by Justice Mary Peters at the Whangarei High Court in favour of Whangarei District Council, Northland Regional Council, Soil & Health, GE Free Northland and others.

AUCKLAND TO STAY GE FREE UNDER NEW UNITARY PLAN

NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES


GE Free Northland / Auckland GE Free Coalition 

 

28 July 2016
Press Release


NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES

GE Free Northland and the Auckland GE Free Coalition welcome the recommendations of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel, to retain the valuable precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the Auckland new Unitary Plan.

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

27 July 2016
Media Statement

 

http://purehawkesbay.org/auckland-region-moves-closer-to-official-gm-free-status/

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

The campaign to keep Hawke’s Bay GM Free took another step forward today with the Auckland Plan Hearings Panel recommending the adoption of similar GMO Free rules to Hastings Council.

COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES- A COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO GE RISKS


 Councils and communities – a collaborative response to GE risks


Media release from Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 June 2016

Whangarei and Far North District Councils received strong support from the community for their proposals to protect their territories from GM releases this week.

The Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland led a group of 14 submitters, presenting their case at a joint hearing on Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council’s proposed district plan changes for the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council joint GE/GMO hearings 13/ l4 June Whangarei

Open to the public- WDC and FNDC joint GE/GMO hearings 13/ 14 June (Toll Stadium, Okara Drive, Whangarei), and l6 June (Kaikohe).  Please ring Dr.

April 2016 Public Appeal for Funds- Help Protect our Democratic Right to be GE/GMO free!

April 2016
GE FREE NORTHLAND PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS


          Help protect our democratic right to be GE-free!



One of the most important Environment Court decisions last year was the finding that councils can control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under the Resource Management Act.

We won in the Environment Court against Federated Farmers of NZ in May 2015.  But Federated Farmers then lodged an appeal in the High Court, attempting to overturn this valuable decision.

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First Stake in the Ground to Keep Hastings GM Free

From: http://purehawkesbay.org/first-stake-in-the-ground-to-keep-hastings-gm-free/

A group of Hawke’s Bay food producers have launched a campaign to keep Hastings GMO Free as the Hastings Council prepares to go head to head with Federated Farmers and the Government.

Pure Hawke’s Bay today put its first stake in the ground, putting up billboards around the region to raise awareness and gain support in the fight to keep Hastings GMO Free.

Pure Hawke’s Bay President, and sheep and beef farmer Bruno Chambers says having a GMO Free region creates more economic and marketing opportunities.

“It means as Hastings producers we can tell buyers and customers that produce grown in our fields is officially GMO Free. If we can’t claim this, we loose our competitive global advantage. We need to tell the GM Free story and officially show the world that we grow produce naturally.

“It adds more value to our exports and creates significant economic benefits for Hawke’s Bay.”

Last year, backed by leading Hawke’s Bay food producers, Hastings District Council became the first in New Zealand to secure the territory’s GM Free food producer status under the local plan.

While this initiative enjoys overall support from producers and the wider community, Federated Farmers is challenging the Hastings decision in the Environment Court.

As well as this, the councils move is also threatened by proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA), which would see the government take away councils powers to establish GM Free Zones.

GE: it’s our right to decide

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE from GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association Aotearoa NZ
For immediate release 12 February 2016

Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or field-trialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil & Health Association and GE Free Northland.

The two organisations again joined forces with Taitokerau mana whenua and others in court this week, responding to another case on the GMO issue brought by Federated Farmers, this time to the High Court in Whangarei. The judge’s decision is expected within a month.

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