Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Auckland Council Panel 'Undemocratic' over GMO Legacy Policy

Auckland Council Panel 'Undemocratic' for Deleting Legacy Policy on GMOs

A meeting of the Auckland Council's Regional Development and Operations committee erupted in argument and a senior councillor was ejected, after revelations that a council panel has decided to delete wording in the Hauraki Gulf Island District Plan designed to protect the islands from damage by genetically modified organisms.(1)

Former chair of the Auckland Regional Council Councilor Mike Like was shocked to hear legacy council policies had been removed from the plans and spoke against the secret deletion of the clause in the Hauraki Gulf Island plan. He was forced to leave the meeting after refusing to apologise for blaming senior council officers for the debacle.

Officers were challenged to explain the decision but in their responses to reassure the committee they appear to have deliberately misled councillors by saying no decision by council to delete the GMO wording had been made.

This is not the case. Evidence available on the Auckland Council website shows the council hearing panel has already decided to delete the wording from the plan, prior to a court hearing of appeals to the plan.(2)

"This is a shocking failure of democracy and governance. There has been a deliberate and covert effort to remove the policies of legacy councils that relate to community concerns for protecting GMO-free natural environments like the Hauraki Gulf," says Jon Carapiet speaking for GE-free Auckland communities.

'Waiheke Island has been a GE-free zone since 1999, but with stealth the protections for the community vision provided in the District Plan have been removed and watered down."

"Community Boards and Councilors have been blindsided and further misled in the answers given by council officers at the Regional Development and Operations committee meeting," says Jon Carapiet.

A formal complaint has been made to the committee chair about the misleading information given to councillors by council officers at the committee.

Though the decision to delete the clause has yet be signed off in court, the council panel decision is final and cannot be challenged before the appeal hearing, even though the basis of the decision is clearly flawed.

The justification used to delete mention of GMOs doesn't make sense.The panel decision to subsume GMOs under new organisms reduces the council's capacity to regulate damage from GMOs. Under the amended wording they will cease to be subject to regulation when no longer deemed new.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.

Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.

Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>

.

 
 

Parliament Today:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:

Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news