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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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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

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.

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.

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.

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