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NATIONAL PARTY POWER GRAB STRIKES A ROCK- PRAISE FOR MAORI PARTY

GE Free Northland Media Release
21 December 2016
NATIONAL PARTY POWER GRAB STRIKES A ROCK- PRAISE FOR MAORI PARTY
GE Free Northland congratulates the Maori Party for resisting the National Party's attempt to strip councils of their ability to create enforceable GE Free Zones.
The Environment Minister wants new powers under the Resource Management Act (RMA) that he could use to extinguish Whangarei, Far North, and Auckland's official GE Free status.
Last week, the two Maori Party MP's informed the Minister Nick Smith they did not support those powers if they could be used to do away with GE Free Zones.
"We are grateful to the Maori Party for stating their support for GE Free Zones and our food sovereignty," said Martin Robinson, GE Free Northland spokesperson.
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Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith's power grab

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith's power grab

Monday, December 19, 2016 Media Release

The Soil & Health Association congratulates the Maori Party for standing up for New Zealanders who want to live in a GE-Free community and saying no to Nick Smith’s attempt to ride roughshod over local democracy.
“Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has told the Environment Minister they will not support his attempts to regulate genetically modified crops nationally through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” says Soil & Health Association spokesperson Karen Summerhays.


“This spells the end for Nick Smith’s attempts to control what is grown in New Zealander’s neighbourhoods and available at their local markets.
“Local Authorities won the right to regulate the planting of genetically modified crops in their territories after years of legal battles over whether they could introduce GMO-Free zones through district plan rules.

GE Free from the Bombays to Cape Reinga

 

GE Free from the Bombays to Cape Reinga

20 September 2016

GE Free Northland/ Soil & Health Association NZ joint Press Release

 

GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association are celebrating the Far North and Whangarei District Councils’ decisions to retain precautionary and prohibitive genetically modified organisms (GMOs) provisions in their new District Plans.  This follows Auckland Council’s recent decision to retain similar precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the new Unitary Plan.  The result of which is a GE Free northern peninsula from the Bombay Hills to Cape Reinga. 

 

High Court ruling on GE a win for democracy

High Court ruling on GE a win for democracy

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The High Court has today upheld the ruling that regional councils do have the right to decide on the provisions, policies, and rules regarding the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their region. 

 

The Soil & Health Association (Soil & Health) celebrates this landmark decision as a win not only in the fight against genetic engineering (GE) and keeping a clean green Aotearoa, but also for democracy as it allows community values and concerns about GMOs to be taken into account when drafting regional policy instruments.  

 

Judge Mary Peters ruled in favour of the Whangarei District Council (WDC), Northland Regional Council (NRC), Soil & Health, GE Free Northland and others, dismissing the appeal on all questions raised by the appellants Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Federated Farmers).

 

NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES


GE Free Northland / Auckland GE Free Coalition 

 

28 July 2016
Press Release


NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES

GE Free Northland and the Auckland GE Free Coalition welcome the recommendations of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel, to retain the valuable precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the Auckland new Unitary Plan.

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

27 July 2016
Media Statement

 

http://purehawkesbay.org/auckland-region-moves-closer-to-official-gm-free-status/

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

The campaign to keep Hawke’s Bay GM Free took another step forward today with the Auckland Plan Hearings Panel recommending the adoption of similar GMO Free rules to Hastings Council.

COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES- A COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO GE RISKS


 Councils and communities – a collaborative response to GE risks


Media release from Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 June 2016

Whangarei and Far North District Councils received strong support from the community for their proposals to protect their territories from GM releases this week.

The Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland led a group of 14 submitters, presenting their case at a joint hearing on Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council’s proposed district plan changes for the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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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.

GE: it’s our right to decide

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE from GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association Aotearoa NZ
For immediate release 12 February 2016

Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or field-trialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil & Health Association and GE Free Northland.

The two organisations again joined forces with Taitokerau mana whenua and others in court this week, responding to another case on the GMO issue brought by Federated Farmers, this time to the High Court in Whangarei. The judge’s decision is expected within a month.

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