Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


'Unique New Zealand Week' Never More Timely

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said the theme of 'Unique New Zealand' for Conservation Week had never been more timely following the Royal Commission into Genetic Modification recommending the release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment last week.

Conservation Week starts today and runs for a week with the theme 'Unique New Zealand - Te Whenua Ahurei'. The week will focus on New Zealand's unique natural and cultural heritage and on the plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world apart from New Zealand.

"At a time when releasing genetically engineered plants, animals and organisms into our environment has never been closer I am delighted that this week is about celebrating what makes us unique - our clean, green, natural and GE-free environment," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"I hope New Zealanders take the time this week to reflect on and celebrate what it is that makes us different from the rest of the world and on how much we want to preserve this uniqueness. How much do we cherish what sets us apart?"

"The Royal Commission found that the biggest gap in our knowledge about the effects of genetically engineered organisms was in their likely effect on ecosystems and soils. It acknowledged evidence that our ecosystems are unique and have evolved in isolation from the rest of the world," she said.

"We also have a unique cultural heritage which has led to New Zealanders developing special relationships with the land.

"We are nuclear-free and right now we are one of a few nations in the world that are GE-free. The Green Party hope the people of New Zealand will get behind us to ensure we stay this way," said Ms Fitzsimons.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news