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RCGM -- Update

Royal Commission on Genetic Modification

Maori Consultation Programme The Commission will be holding a regional hui in Rotorua tomorrow. It will be held at Tunohopu Marae, Ohinemutu, from 9:15am to 5:00pm.

The Commission will be holding workshops in Invercargill (Nga Hau E Wha Marae, 04/12/00, 2-5pm), Dunedin (Internal Affairs Building, cnr George Street and Octagon, 05/12/00, 2-5pm) and Upper Hutt (Orongomai Marae, 07/12/00, 5:30-8:30pm) next week.

Further details can be obtained by contacting the Commission office on 04 495 9151 or viewing the website: http://www.gmcommission.govt.nz/media/public_meetings_schedule.html#maorit bc .

Written submissions Submissions close at 5pm today.

Formal Hearings - Week 6 Next week the Commission will be hearing from Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association in New Zealand, Commonsense Organics, Bio-gro New Zealand/ New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Council, Golden Bay Organic Employment and Education Trust, Organic Products Exporters Group, Organic Federation of New Zealand and Comvita New Zealand.

Copies of these "interested person" submissions and their expert witness briefs are available at http://www.gmcommission.govt.nz/publications/PDF_submission.html

Editors: For an interview with Commission advisor, Pihopa (Bishop) Kingi, regarding the Rotorua hui, please contact Sarah Adamson, Media Relations Officer, on 04 495 9151 or 021 499 510.

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