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NORTHERN COUNCILS AGREE TO "LAST DITCH" EFFORT TO HAVE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FIX FLAWED GE LEGISLATION

GE FREE NORTHLAND

Press Release 1 April 2010

NORTHERN COUNCILS AGREE TO "LAST DITCH" EFFORT TO HAVE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FIX FLAWED GE LEGISLATION

 

GE FREE Northland welcomes the news that Northland Regional Council (NRC) and Far North District Council (FNDC) have voted to join the other member councils of the "Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & Options" in making a last ditch effort this year to further lobby central government to amend the flaws in the HSNO Act.

The vote took place at the last full council meeting of FNDC (25 March) and the 17 March 2010 meeting of the NRC Environment Management Committee.

The NRC vote was unanimous, gaining the support not of only councillors but of a cross-section of interested parties from Northland.

"This is a timely decision. We await only Auckland Regional Councils decision on April 20 this year," said GE FREE NORTHLAND Chairman Martin Robinson.

The Court of Appeal has overturned last year’s High Court decision against AgResearch, which wants conditional release of transgenic animals in undisclosed locations in the North Island.

"It is all the more critical that local councils do everything they can to get much needed changes into the HSNO Act. This includes a truly strict liability regime," said Mr Robinson.

The Chairman of the NRC Environmental Management committee, Cr Craig Brown has voiced his concerns.

"While I’m very pleased with the NRC’s decision, I am of the opinion that if this persistent lobbying of central government continues to be unsuccessful in persuading government to take the appropriate action… that the regional council and territorial authorities of Northland need to put strong precautionary measures in their District Plans, the Regional Plan and RPS."

Call to action from GE Free Northland- further submission period ...Whangarei District Council... Far North District Council

Call to Action from GE Free Northland

Do you support Northland and Auckland becoming the first region in NZ to ban GMO releases ...and ..class EPA approved outdoor GE experiments as a Discretionary activity, subject to additional local requirements (that the HSNO Act does not require)?

Stand with Northland primary producers to support and help strengthen Whangarei District Council...and ... Far North District Council's excellent collaborative GMO Plan change to ban all GMO releases

with a further submission!

More information:  GE Free Northland

Opportunity to make submissions supporting Whangarei District Council & Far North District Council GMO Plan change


Great news!

Opportunity to make submissions supporting Whangarei District Council & Far North District Council GMO Plan change

Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council recently publicly notified their collaborative GMO Plan change to BAN all GMO releases and make any EPA approved outdoor GE experiments/ field trials a Discretionary activity, subject to additional local stringent requirements (that the HSNO Act does NOT require!)  This is in alignment with Auckland Council, who has already begun the process through its proposed Unitary Plan consultation.

Please support our Northern councils innovative work to protect our biosecurity, unique biodiversity, existing non GM primary producers, our economy and the public health from the risks of outdoor use of GMOs.

See GE Free Northland easy submission guide at www.gefree.org.nz/action-templates/

 

 

WHANGAREI DISTRICT COUNCIL and FAR NORTH DISTRICT COUNCIL collaborative GMO Plan change

(This is a collaborative GMO Plan change, in alignment with Auckland Council, so please make supportive submissions to both FNDC and WDC).

Deadline: 9 September 2014 but let's start writing submissions now!

Key points for easy submission writing will be provided by GE Free Northland available by ringing GE Free Northland (09 4322155) or emailing us: linda.grammer@gmail.com   We need thousands of supportive submissions for this innovative Plan change, in the interests of Northland farmers, horticulturists, beekeepers, foresters, gardeners and other ratepayers.

PRECAUTONARY APPROACH URGED

Northern Advocate
"Cautionary approach urged"  l8 June 2013
by Lindy Laird

The Northland Conservation Board will continue to press for a precautionary approach on genetically modified organisms to be specified in the Northland Regional Policy Statement.

Board members will speak in support of its submission during the RPS hearings this week.  The issue was discussed at the board's meeting on 31 May- its last public meeting of the year.

NRC Chairman Craig Brown gave the board background to the RPS process.  He said the majority of councillors on the policy committee had voted against including specific text on GMOs despite an overwhelming number of supporting public submissions.

The board has also written to Northland Regional Council expressing concerns about the policy committee's decision to omit precautionary text. 

Not quite as hot a topic was the Northland Kauri National park proposal, which has gone on the backburner.

The meeting heard that stumbling blocks include the defintiion of "co-governance" between Iwi and the Crown, kauri dieback (PTA, and whether all Northland Waitangi Treaty claims should be settled before a decision is made on a Kauri National Park.

The board is concerned its own role in a number of issues will be affected by broad changes to the Department of Conservation's structure, taking place from September.

The changes are designed to focus field staff on frontline conservation work, with a new business arm developing joint ventures and sponsorship for conservation projects.

The number of conservancies will shrink from 11 to six regions.

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GMO's SEEN AS RISKY BUSINESS- MAKE USERS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE: POLL

The Northland Age Thursday, 28 January 2010

GMOs seen as a risky business -  Make users legally responsible: poll

 The majority of Northlanders and Aucklanders want strict controls over any genetically-modified (GM) plants and animals grown in their areas, according to a Colmar Brunton poll conducted late last year.

 The poll, commissioned by the Inter-Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation and Management Options, found that two-thirds or more of respondents favoured regulation of at least a strength that would make users of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) legally responsible for any environmental or economic harm, either by way of local regulation or changes to national legislation.

GE Free Northland celebratory "do" at Pararua Bay Tavern- Sunday, 28 February 2010

The results of the Colmar Brunton GE poll are out- the vast majority of
Northlanders are with us in opposing GMO land use on our patch.

Come party and celebrate all the hard work and victories we have achieved.

Sunday, 28th February 2010
GE FREE NORTHLAND Celebration at Parua Bay Tavern (3pm-8pm)

featuring Guest artist
BIG BELLY WOMAN (Hokaianga reggae sounz)
www.bigbellywoman.com/
Big Belly Woman for a Positive Future and Global Unity

Surprise Local talent -  Sink and Swim,
including: David & Claudia Meredith

Kids entertainment:  Louis the Circus entertainer, face painting
plus:
Organic sausage sizzle
Delicious GE free food
available at the Parua Bay Tavern

Tickets available from:
Musicor- Cameron Street Mall
Putiputi Ra Organics- 79 Walton Street

Big 'no' for GM food

letters to editor:

editor@northernadvocate.co.nz

******p. 6, Friday, 15th January 2010 RURAL ADVOCATE

"Big 'no' for GM food"

by Zelka Grammer, spokesperson

GE Free Northland

The results of a Colmar Brunton poll, commissioned by local authorities from Auckland north to Cape Reinga because of growing concerns of about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), was released just before Christmas.

The poll was remarkably consistent, showing significant opposition to GMO land use from both rural and urban dwellers.

COUNCILS TAKE ACTION AFTER POLL REVEALS GE CONCERN

"Councils take action after poll reveals GE concern"                                                              21 December 2009 NORTHERN ADVOCATE by Mike Barrington

Whangarei and Kaipara District councils have begun moves to tighten controls on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Both last week adopted recommendations from the Inter-council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation and Management Options, which commissioned a Colmar Brunton poll that showed most Northlanders were concerned about the risks associated with genetically modified plants and animals.

PUBLIC GIVE "THUMBS UP" FOR BAN ON GMO's

Public Give "Thumbs Up'"for Ban on GMO's
 
Most people across the Auckland and Northland region want companies using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) to be held strictly liable for damage, and in some areas most want a ban.
 
A poll conducted by a multi-council working group on regulation of GM organisms found that all communities strongly favour making users of GMOs legally responsible for any economic or environmental harm that may result.
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