Call to Action!! 

!! The  Resouce Legislation Amendment Bill (RLA)!!

E-mail Action 19 -25 March 2017 URGENT

Protect the right of Regions to say NO to GE"


In the week of 19  March 2017 please send an e-mail to Marama Fox and all Parties asking them to ensure that clauses, 360D, 43A (3A) & 43(3B) are removed from the RLA.  This week the Bill will be debated clause by clause.  Below is a template letter for you to use and add any of your own wording. Click here to find the email address of all MPs.  


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

Date ...

Dear .....,  

I am writing to you regarding the Resouce Legislation Amendment Bill (RLA).

I would like to ask you to call for the deletion of the clauses 360D, 43A (3A) and 43(3B).

The clauses, if enacted, remove the democratic process around community protections for the environment through the RMA and would allow GE plants and animals to be a permitted activity if approved by the EPA.   Any Council with precautionary GE provisions placed in their plans would have to remove them.  

The damages from genetically modified organisms 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. 

Further, Clauses 43A (3A) and 43(3B) are replicas of the 6.4 clause in the stalled National Environment Standard on plantation forestry (NES-PF).  The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) recieved 16,000 submissions calling for the removal of clause 6.4 and supporting councils in their right to regulate land use provisions on GMOs. 

I urge you to ensure that these clauses are removed from the RLA.

 The decision we would like the Minister to make 

1.   Remove clause 360D

2.   Remove clauses 43A (3A) and 43(3B)





National Environment Standard on Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). 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)?