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

Praise for Whangarei District Council Federated Farmers Slammed by Judge for Cynical Attempt to Block Valuable Precautionary GMO Provisions in Regional Plan

 

Praise for Whangarei District Council 

Federated Farmers Slammed by Judge for Cynical Attempt to Block Valuable Precautionary GMO Provisions in Regional Plan

 

GE Free NZ Northland

23 April 2018 Media release

Another win for GE FREE NZ

The Soil & Health Association welcomes a decision released today by the Environment Court declining Federated Farmers’ attempt to challenge regulation of genetically modified organisms under the RMA.

 

In the latest case before the Environment Court, Whangarei District Council appealed the Northland Council’s Regional Policy Statement, asking to delete one word – ‘plants’ so that the policy would require a precautionary approach to be adopted towards introducing genetically engineered organisms generally – not just plants – to the environment.

 

“The court’s decision is a victory for common sense and for the interests of all Northlanders concerned about the possible introduction of GMOs into the environment, whether they be plants, animals, insects or microorganisms,” said Graham Clarke, Soil & Health’s chair.

 

GE Free Northland ACTION ALERT- submissions needed in response to Northland Regional Council draft Long Term Plan 2018-28


*SUBMISSION PERIOD NOW CLOSED
GE Free Northland Action Alert

There is an opportunity to make submissions in response to the Northland Regional Council draft Long Term Plan 2018-28.
https://www.nrc.govt.nz/Your-Council/Council-Projects/long-term-plan-2018-2028/

The NRC needs your feedback to make decisions for the Long Term Plan 2018-2028, which is supposed to reflect community aspirations and wishes, and set policy direction for NRC.

The NRC inappropriately removed the highly important strong precautionary and prohibitive GE policy from the operative NRC Long Term Plan a few years ago (without any public consultation or legitimate reason).

Please make a submission to NRC (in addition to any other points you wish to raise) urging the NRC to replace the important precautionary and prohibitive GE policy (that was in various NRC Long Term Plans since the 2004-14 LTCCP) and the $10,000 contingency fund (in the event of any EPA approved outdoor GE applications for Northland). Please ask to be heard (you can change your mind, or give your speaking time to someone else. It ensures you are kept informed by NRC).

Community support for a GE-free Northland

Community support for a GE-free Northland

 

22 March 2018 Media release: GE Free Northland

GE Free Northland action alert- further submissions needed in response to the Northland Regional Council proposed Regional Plan

Conservation minister opposes GM-rodent plan

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11952990

CONSERVATION MINISTER OPPOSES GM-RODENT PLAN

5 December 2017 NZ HERALD

 

A group of conservationists and scientists with US military funding eyeing up New Zealand islands for gene testing have been given the elbow by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

NZ Herald investigation has found the group - called Gbird - was considering how New Zealand islands would fit with US$6.5 million of US military funding.

As it did so, Gbird formed links throughout conservation and pest control networks in its push to get support for research on new gene drive technology.

Sage - a Green Party minister - said there would be serious risk to New Zealand's environmental reputation if there were field trials here using gene technology.

GE-FREE NORTHLAND VICTORY AGAINST FEDERATED FARMERS OF NZ

GE-FREE NORTHLAND VICTORY AGAINST FEDERATED FARMERS OF NZ

GE-Free Northland

1 November 2017 Media release

GE-Free Northland, hundreds of Northland primary producers, and other submitters are celebrating the decision by Federated Farmers of NZ (FFNZ) to finally abandon its crusade to force Northland Regional Council to remove sound precautionary GE/GMO provisions from the Northland Regional Policy Statement.

FFNZ filed its latest appeal earlier this year in the Court of Appeal, after losing in both the Environment Court (2015) and the High Court (2016).

Northland councils and communities are confident (now that the jurisdictional issue has been settled) that our valuable existing GE free status will be retained, from the Bombay Hills north to Cape Reinga.

Whangarei District Council and a broad range of interested parties including GE Free Northland, Tai Tokerau mana whenua, Far North District Council, and the Soil & Health Association have secured local authorities' right to manage the outdoor use of GMOs in their regions.

A win for clean, green, GE-FREE New Zealand

A win for clean, green, GE-free New Zealand


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
31 October 2017
 
The Soil & Health Association is celebrating the decision by Federated Farmers to abandon its appeal against the right of councils to control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their territories. Federated Farmers filed its latest appeal earlier this year in the Court of Appeal, after its appeals to the Environment Court and High Court had been dismissed.
 
“We congratulate Federated Farmers on this pragmatic and sensible decision,” said Soil & Health Chair Graham Clarke.
 
“Both the High Court and Environment Court have ruled that regional councils have jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act (RMA) to regulate the use of GMOs through regional policy statements or plans. The recent RMA amendments further entrench the legal rights of councils to do so. Challenging these decisions would only have cost both us, the other parties involved and Federated Farmers themselves a lot of unnecessary time and money.”
 
Federated Farmers had argued that the Environmental Protection Authority had sole responsibility for the regulation of GMOs under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO).
 
The decision to withdraw its appeal comes after recent amendments were made to the RMA, which confirmed the High Court ruling, leading Federated Farmers to believe that they “are likely to have materially reduced the prospects of the appeal being prosecuted successfully.”
 

new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, fight won against GE trees

new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

by Zelka Linda Grammer

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released the new Environmental Standards (NES) for Plantation Forestry in August 2017, after putting out the draft NES-PF two years ago.

The new NES-PF (1) gives foresters, councils, and communities clear national guidelines on how to protect the environment while achieving a sustainable forestry industry ((although many submitters would have preferred stronger provisions to protect indigenous trees, wildlife habitats, and ecosystems).

Severe pressure on MPI resulted in the agency removing a controversial clause 6.4 (GE trees), which was added at the eleventh hour with no consultation with the NZ Farm Forestry Association, Forest and Bird, and other key stakeholders) from the new NES-PF.

Various councils with strong precautionary GE policies, foresters, and other primary producers welcomed 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, Auckland, and Hawke's Bay).

ALARM BELLS RING OVER GE SPUD DECISION BY AUSSIE DOMINATED FOOD REGULATORY BODY

GE-Free Northland

4 October 2017  Media Release

ALARM BELLS RING OVER GE POTATO DECISION BY AUSSIE DOMINATED FOOD REGULATORY BODY

GE-Free Northland is appalled but not surprised by the latest deeply flawed decision by Food Standards Australia NZ, in which the agency approved an American application for six lines of genetically modified potatoes to be sold in NZ and Australia.[1]

Food Standards Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes

 

GE FREE NZ Press release 
1 October 2017

 

Food Standards Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes.

 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a trans-Tasman regulatory body, has approved 6 lines of GE potatoes (A1139) carrying genes from viruses and bacteria to stop discoloration and alter vital nutritional components [1].  The NZ Minister for Food Safety has let down NZ consumers yet again by failing to carry out a thorough public safety evaluation.

 

The joint submission from GE-Free NZ and Soil and Health highlighted many studies that show harm from eating GE foods, which FSANZ has dismissed and ignored. [2]

 

Protecting GE-Free Advantage Makes Economic Sense For NZ

www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1708/S00550/protecting-ge-free-advantage-makes-economic-sense-for-nz.htm


Protecting GE-Free Advantage Makes Economic Sense For NZ

Monday, 28 August 2017, 9:22 am


Protecting GE-Free Advantage Makes Economic Sense For New Zealand

There is growing political consensus that keeping New Zealand a GE-free country for food production is important for economic and environmental security.

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.
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