Call to Action!! 

!! The  National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF)!!

Action 4-7 July 2016

"Protect the right of Regions to say NO to GE Trees"


In the week of 4-7 July send a letter to a National MP asking them to ensure that GE trees are removed from the NES-PF.  The National Party caucus is set to vote on the recommendations in the near future, not the whole parliament. Below is a template letter for you to use and add any of your own wording. Click here to find the email address of a National MP.  


Protect the right of Regions to choose to say NO to GE-Trees 

Date ...

Dear National Member of Parliament,  

I am writing to you regarding the National Environment Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).  Ministry for Primary Industries received 16,000 + submissions, of these 15,500 sought the removal of clause 6.4 on the planting of GE trees and GE rootstock.  

The clause, if enacted, removes the democratic process around community protections for the environment through the RMA and would make the planting of GE Trees a permitted activity if approved by the EPA.  This means that it would override any Council precautionary GE provisions placed in their plans.  

The dangers of genetically modified trees on New Zealand's ecosystems, including essential soil organisms, plants, birds and insects could be both widespread, permanent and economically damaging.  These effects could be detrimental to biodiversity and trophic systems, undermining what the RMA is designed to protect. 

I understand that the Hon. Nick Smith will be signing off the NES-PF in the near future, after discussion with his caucus colleagues. I urge you to ensure that in light of the high number of submissions received by MPI the clause regarding GE trees (6.4) is removed.  

The decision we would like the Minister to make 

1.   Remove clause 6.4 from the draft NES-PF 

2.   Remove all wording referring to genetically modified trees and rootstock from the draft       NES-PF in Appendix 3; Afforestation & Replanting, 





GE Free NZ Stop GE Trees principles align to the Global Justice Ecology Project.  We need to protect native forests, and to defend the rights of forest dependent communities and Indigenous Peoples against the uncontrollable and irreversible threats posed by the release of genetically engineered (GE) trees.

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RMA 2015) - closed 14 March 2016

GE Free NZ submission. 
Local Body and Environment Select committee hearing 

Communities want and should have a say in how their livliehoods will be affected, at the moment they can do this through the Resource Management Act. However, clauses have been added in the proposed RMA, by Minister for the Environment and supported by Federated Farmers, preventing councils and communities from placing precautionary controls on the management of GMO's in their region. Please write, meet with your Labour Party, Green Party, Maori Party, NZ First and United Future MP's to insist on removal of section 360D. Write to the select committee expressing your views. Below is a template you might like to follow. (You can also include other concerns you have with the planned RMA changes). 

Support Wellington Region Precaution on GMO's- This is under consideration.

In relation to your main projects signaled in the proposed Long Term plan around regional flood protection, soil plans and taking a strong leadership in water quality and discharges to land to protect the economic livilehoods and health of communities. We would like to submit on two points- Genetically engineered/ modified organisms (GMO’s)  and all pesticides especially Glyphosate based Herbicides (GBH) and their designations in the Greater Wellington Region council plan.

1.   We believe that the future outdoor use of GMOs should be considered an issue of regional significance and ask if the RWRC can further consultation around this issue through a section 32.

2.   To place a precautionary approach clause looking to implement rules, policies and objectives to the use of GMO’s in the Greater Wellington Region

3.   To prohibit the use Glyphosate based Herbicides (GBH) where their toxic consequences will affect ecosystems,  the environment and animal and human food sources.

Update on Whangarei and Far North District Councils submission rounds, 2014.

This is now in front of the High Court for more information please go to GE Free Northlands page

Information for what to put in your plan to implement a precautionary policy around GMO's

Do you live in Northland or Auckland?  (or do you have an interest greater than the general public?)

Do you want to protect the North's existing valuable GE-Free status? (GE=Genetic Engineering).

Do you support your local councils ensuring that those who may wish to undertake risky GE experiments in our region should be financially liable for any harm caused by their activities?

Do you want a complete ban on the release of all GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?