Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Candidate Wants Wellington Declared GE Free

Wellington City Council Candidate Wants Wellington Declared ‘A GE Free Zone’.


‘Why not?’ says Phil Sprey, Independent Candidate for Eastern Ward in Wellington, ‘We took the lead by our anti nuclear stance so why can’t we do the same with a big NO to open field trials in genetic engineering.’

With excellent universities now located in the City with a budding generation of young minds, let’s leave the experimentation in the laboratories.

‘New Zealand markets itself globally on its points of difference, says Sprey, ‘the clean green, 100% Pure image, tourism, adventure and a growing organic products market is already established so why become just another chemical experiment.’

Our Anti GE position will reinforce the point of difference and will attract a premium and enviable price for those ‘natural’ commodities in the future. The more our international competitors embrace GE the more our position and ‘rarity’ will gain in economic value. ‘We will regret having missed a potential future goldmine when we are potentially one of the only GE free producers,’ says Sprey. ‘The added value of our exports will be prized internationally.’

Environmentally the benefits of not releasing modified organisms and seeds etc speaks for itself. No one in New Zealand’s scientific community can guarantee that open experimentation is ‘safe’. Remembering reversing the GE process once out is impossible.

This ban doesn’t prevent the experimentation under controlled lab conditions nor should it discourage review as the science continues to evolve especially in medical and related fields.

‘As we courageously did with our anti nuclear stance, we should take the lead and declare Wellington an anti GE zone and hope that other local bodies follow suit.’ ‘The voters should ask their local candidates regardless of their party connections where they stand on the issue.’

As elected representatives of a given geographical area and under existing by-laws and resource consents and district plans etc, councils can prevent the release of this technology in so called ‘field trials’ where boundaries cannot be guaranteed or controlled.

‘The area I represent is already letting me know in no uncertain terms that they favour a ban and that a demonstration of this in Octobers election deserves consideration.’ ‘A duty of councillors is to regard their environmental, social, cultural and economic responsibilities, so it is appropriate that if central Government can’t see the pitfalls and localised impacts or the bigger picture, then each local body should clearly send their own message to Parliament.’


PHIL SPREY: Wellington City Council, Eastern Ward Candidate.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>

 

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>

ALSO:

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels