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

All of Northern peninsula (land and sea) protected from GE/GMOs

GE-Free Northland


11 August 2020  Media release

 

All of Northern peninsula (land and sea) protected from GE/GMOs

"A bouquet for Northland Regional Council"

 

GE-Free Tai Tokerau welcomes the news that Northland Regional Council

has placed precautionary and prohibitive GE/GMO wording into the new

Regional Plan. The Environment Court has accepted the addition, which

enabled Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council to

withdraw their joint appeal against NRC.

 

"Northland region's valuable agricultural, horticultural, apiculture,

Protection from GMOs for Northland Growers and Exporters Welcomed

GE FREE NZ Media Release

13 August 2020

GE Free Northland (in food & environment) August 2020 PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS

GE Free Northland (in food & environment) August 2020
PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS
 
GE Free Northland became a s274 (interested) party in support of Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council's appeal against Northland Regional Council, due to the NRC's controversial 16 July 2019 GE/GMOs decision ( to exclude all precautionary and prohibitive GE/GMO provisions from the proposed new Regional Plan for Northland).  

Victory for GMO opposition: Northland Regional Council votes to reverse position

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12340319

Victory for GMO opposition: Northland Regional Council votes to reverse position

17 June 2020 Northern Advocate

GMO protesters celebrate a victory after NRC votes to reverse its no-provision position. Photo / Michael Cunningham

By: Julia Czerwonatis
Reporter for the Northern Advocate

 

Northland regional councillors have voted to reverse a decision not to include provisions to manage genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the council's proposed Regional Plan.

The latest turn of events in what has been a lengthy and contentious debate has seen Northland Regional Council (NRC) decide at its meeting yesterday to change its position on GMO provisions.

The move was welcomed by GMO opponents who attended the meeting, labelling it a "victory".

One of about 10 protesters, Nora Shayeb from the Northland Toxin Awareness Group, said there were "millions of reasons" to oppose the use of GMO.

She linked GMOs to the increased use of pesticides, which she described as harmful to the environment and humans.

"Most of our waterways are poisoned. Water is one of our most basic needs, but our water is making people sick," Shayeb said.

Another opponent, Social Credit party president Gloria Bruni, said New Zealand had "the outstanding opportunity to mark ourselves as uniquely sustainable".

"We'll compromise this if we introduce GMO into the region."

Supporters of old 2019 GE/GMO decision by Northland Regional Council withdraw

item from the Northland Age, 16 June 2020, prior to the NRC 16 June 2020 GE/GMO excellent decision later that day

this item for background information:

 

The Northland Age

"Supporters of council GE decision withdraw"

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=12340197

 

The Northland Regional Council now stands alone in not supporting the inclusion of GMO provisions in its proposed regional plan.

The NZ Life Sciences Network, Biotech NZ and Federated Farmers have withdrawn from the Environment Court case prompted by appeals against the decision from the Far North and Whangārei District Councils.

The appeals seek the inclusion of provisions to manage genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the coastal marine area (CMA), which the council decided against last year, on the casting vote of then chairman Bill Shepherd.

The council will decide its next move today, the staff recommendation being to stick to its guns, strategic policy and planning manager Ben Lee saying that would not require a formal decision, given that that position was the status quo.

It was open to the council to change its position, he said, but a decision to do that should be based on sound resource management reasons. His recommendation was to maintain its decision not to include provisions in the plan, and that it actively defend that position in the Environment Court.

Lee's report stated that staff could not advise that the council should change its position, being constrained by the fact that their role was to defend its original decision.

Update: important GE/GMO decision made 16 June 2020 Northland Regional Council's full council meeting - excellent decision made!

Breaking news:

There was an important GE/GMO agenda item at the Northland Regional Council full council meeting (Tuesday 16 June 2020)

An excellent motion was passed, supporting precautionary and prohibitive GE/GMO provisions in the proposed new Regional Plan (in the Coastal Marine Area). Well done NRC!

An email to the NRC chair Penny Smart and Clrs Joce Yeoman, Jack Craw, Martin Robinson, Colin Toss Kitchen, Amy McDonald, Justin Blaikie thanking them for their vote would be very timely.

Contact details for all NRC clrs here (NRC Clrs Rick Stolwerk and John Bain voted for the status quo, which is disappointing. but they were in the minority :)

Background:

GE FREE Northland June/ July 2020 PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS

GE Free Northland (in food & environment) June / July 2020
PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS
 
GE Free Northland became a s274 (interested) party in support of Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council's appeal against Northland Regional Council, due to the NRC's controversial 16 July 2019 GE/GMOs decision ( to exclude all precautionary and prohibitive GE/GMO provisions from the proposed new Regional Plan for Northland).  

Submissions needed to Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ) against Monsanto application herbicide-tolerant corn line MON87429

Northland Regional Council to take "back seat" on GMO appeal

https://www.nrc.govt.nz/news/2020/january/council-to-take-back-seat-on-gmo-appeal-unlikely-to-call-evidence/

notice how NRC Clr Martin Robinson has ethically stood aside, given his conflict of interest (Martin is both a Regional councillor for Northern Coastal Ward and spokesperson GE Free Northland) but how former NRC Chairman Bill Shepherd did NOT stand aside last year when he was Chair of NRC when it came to the vote on GE/GMO issue... despite Mr. Shepherds conflict of interest as a Federated Farmers of NZ man

 

GE Free Northland February / March 2020 PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS

GE Free Northland (in food & environment) 

GE Free Northland seeks fighting funds

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=12260812

Northland Age

22 August 2019

by Peter Jackson

 

GE Free Northland is appealing for financial support for its legal challenge against the Northland Regional Council's decision to exclude precautionary and prohibitive GE/GMO provisions from its proposed regional plan.

"In our view the NRC has failed to make a sound decision on the GE/GMOs issue, despite the scientific, economic and cultural evidence presented by submitters supporting provisions to control the adverse effects of GMO use on the environment through the plan," chair Linda Grammer said.

"We will join the Whangārei District Council and Far North District Council in seeking relief in the Environment Court against the NRC.

"With help we can ensure strong precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions are placed in the new regional plan.

 

Another Northland council joins appeal against NRC's controversial GMO decision

GE FREE Northland (in food & environment)

30 August 2019 Media Release

GE Free Northland PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS May/ June 2020

Whangārei council to appeal Northland Regional Council GMO policy

WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR PROTECTION AGAINST GE TRIGGERS LEGAL APPEAL

GE FREE Northland (in food & environment)

16 August 2019 Media Release

FDA findings undermine Royal Society Call for GE Deregulation

GE FREE NZ 14 August 2019 Media Release

https://press.gefree.org.nz/press/20190814.htm

 

GMO vote by Northland Regional Council chair challenged

Conservationists dispute genetic modification rule (by NRC) in Northland

Flawed Northland Regional Council decision bound for court


https://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=12251870
 

23 July 2019

Northland Age

by editor Peter Jackson

 

"Flawed Northland Regional Council decision bound for court"

Northland Regional Council chairman Bill Shepherd's use of his casting vote to break a 4-4 deadlock over the issue of whether or not to include provisions for the management of genetically modified organisms in the council's proposed regional plan has outraged critics of the technology, who have vowed to fight it in court.

Northland Regional Council's GMO decision and process met with outrage

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=12251776

23 July 2019 Northern Advocate article

"Northland Regional Council's GMO decision and process met with outrage"

by reporter Lindy Laird

 

Environmental groups and individuals have been scathing about the regional council turning its back on provisions that would prohibit genetically modified organisms being trialled in or introduced to Northland.

At its general meeting last Tuesday, a casting vote by chairman Bill Shepherd narrowly tipped the vote against a GMO precautionary approach being stipulated in the new Northland Regional Plan.

Critics, including at least one NRC member, say the decision was based on processes which were ''flawed'', ''hard to justify'', ''a betrayal'' and ''undemocratic''.

It also puts Northland out of sync with the anti-GMO policies of the Far North and Whangārei District Councils and the super-sized unitary Auckland Council. Small, in-recovery Kaipara District Council has not yet formed a GMO policy.

NRC Clr Mike Finlayson expose: Northland Regional Council hi-jacked by Federated Farmers

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=12250571&fbclid=IwAR2DVMJRMhBdWUT-HUlx-aw0ghpxzbh8Seq0E_rsbJdtCZ   

 

Cr Mike Finlayson: Hijacked by Federated Farmers- 18 July 2019 Northland Age

 

Many Northlanders share serious concerns over letting loose genetically engineered (GE) organisms into our natural environment. Possums, stoats and wild ginger are but of a few of the 'bright ideas' that have had disastrous consequences. On Tuesday our council voted to let this happen in Northland. I was shocked and dismayed.

"Door open to GMOs in the North" There are fears genetically engineered plants and gene-modified animals could be used if restrictions aren't put in place" "Genetically modified organisms could be released in Northland"

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/114332326/genetically-modified-organisms-could-be-released-in-northland-after-council-vote

GE Free Northland is furious with Northland Regional Council's decision not to put controls on genetically engineered plants (GE) and gene-modified animals.

The grassroots organisation - which in 2000 was backed by a 7000-name petition calling for Northland to be GE free - fears genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could now be used in the area.

Chairwoman Zelka Grammar said without restrictions, the likes of genetically engineered salmon - which were found to mutate in a South Island trial - could be introduced in a marine farm anywhere in Northland.

Council Vote Leaves Northlanders Feeling Betrayed

https://press.gefree.org.nz/press/20190716.htm

 

16/07/2019

Council Vote Leaves Northlanders Feeling Betrayed

"Casting vote on GE a slap in the face for community"

Pipped at the Post - 'GE Forbidden Fruit' Developers beaten to market

GE FREE NZ Media Release

14/01/2019

 

http://press.gefree.org.nz/press/20190114.htm

Pipped at the Post - 'GE Forbidden Fruit' Developers beaten to market

Northland communities urge Northland Regional Council to protect the region's existing GE Free status

 

GE Free Northland
2 November 2018 Media Release
Gene edited organisms are GMOs and are unacceptable in Northland
Northland communities urge Northland Regional Council to protect the region's valuable GE free status


More than one hundred submissions (lodged in response to the Northland Regional Council's proposed new Regional Plan) strongly back alignment with Auckland and Northland District Council plans that already contain provisions and policies created for the purpose of protectiing the Northern peninsula's valuable GE-Free status. 

 

GMO-free policy not in North's draft air, water, soil, coast plan

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12144132

 

NORTHERN ADVOCATE  20 OCTOBER 2018

"GMO FREE POLICY NOT IN NORTH'S DRAFT AIR, SOIL, WATER PLAN" 

BY LINDY LAIRD

 

There could be a small break in the ring fence meant to keep genetically modified organisms out of Northland's environment and primary sector.

The decision has groups who vehemently fought for 10 years for that GMO-proof fence now criticising the Northland Regional Council's decision to exclude its strong Regional Policy Statement (RPS) on GMOs from its proposed Regional Plan.

A year after no-to-GMO policies became operational in Whangārei and Far North Districts' and NRC legislation, the NRC failed to copy over its stance to its new environment plan.

The overarching Regional Plan — the draft of which received 360 submissions overall — will encompass, replace and update three outdated water and soil, air and coastal plans. More than 100 of those submissions referred to the GMOs subject.

Gene editing is unacceptable

 

"Gene editing is unacceptable"  22 October 2018 NZ Farmers Weekly
by Hawke's Bay primary producers/ exporters
Bruno Chambers, David Cranwell, Phyllis Tinchinin and John Bostock

Farmers delighted three-year battle over GM-free status dropped

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/363201/farmers-delighted-three-year-battle-over-gm-free-status-dropped

 

Farmers delighted three-year battle over GM-free status dropped

 

Hawke's Bay food producers win genetic modification free battle


https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12099940

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