Whangarei District Council- important GE agenda item, Wednesday 9 October 10am Forum North


There will be an important GE agenda item at next Wednesdays 9 October 2013 meeting of the
Whangarei District Council "District Living committee"
(Council chambers, Whangarei)

AGENDA (now online, GE documents available in attachment form, upon request)
Whangarei ratepayers and residents- please JOIN US in making a positive presence at council on the day... and ...celebrate the expected win on the day.

All welcome :) (including from other parts of Northland)

Forum North, Rust Avenue  (council chambers, upstairs) 

When: 10am -llam

Wear: GE free t-shirts, bring banners or placards celebrating and encouraging WDC's excellent leadership on the GE issue, our council continues to work hard to protect our existing valuable GE free status
(In keeping with the WDC's strong precautionary and prohibitive GE policy in our Long Term Council Community Plan 2012/22...and... in keeping with WDC's unanimous vote to undertake the proposed Plan change.


Whangarei ratepayers & residents:
Please take 10 minutes to ring one or two of your local councillors (and the Mayor Morris Cutforth or Acting Mayor Phil Halse if you have time)

Please express your appreciation of WDC's hard work to prevent GE experiments and releases on our patch (since at least 2003!) and ask them to finish the job by

-voting on Wednesday to support the sound staff recommendation (written by the Convenor of the Northland / Auckland "Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & Management Options", Dr. Kerry Grundy) for

1. the proposed GE plan change*  (all councils from south Auckland to Cape Reinga have voted in principle to do this- next Wednesday it's WDC's turn!)

2. the WDC proposed appeal of two technical details of the Northland Regional Council publicly notified new Regional Policy Statement for Northland


Do ring or email if you would like more information.

See you there!

cheers ;)

xx Zelka Grammer
Chairperson, GE Free Northland
09 4322155   email: linda.grammer@gmail.com
*the WDC proposed Plan change is to ban all GMO releases and make EPA approved outdoor GE experiments/ field trials a Discretionary activity, subject to additional local requirements including strict liability provisions (that central government does NOT require)