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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).

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/

 

 

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

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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.

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

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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

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