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Dr Patrick Moore Viist - ex Director of Greenpeace

Visit of Dr Patrick Moore - ex Director of Greenpeace

Media Release

The former Director of Greenpeace, Dr Patrick Moore, is coming to New Zealand on Thursday and Friday this week to give evidence in Christchurch to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification on behalf of the New Zealand Life Sciences Network.

Dr Moore is critical of Greenpeace for its global campaign against genetic modification and describes the zero tolerance approach to genetic modification as wrong-headed and illogical. He believes that genetic modification could have tremendous benefit for New Zealand's native forests, plantation forest and environment through increased forest growth. Increased timber growth would have major beneficial effects on net greenhouse gas emissions, better protection of soils, clean air and water and the provision of more renewable fuel and material for the economy.

Dr Moore has been to New Zealand several times before. He was the Greenpeace spokesman in Auckland after the French Secret Service sank the Rainbow Warrior.

On Thursday Dr Moore will give a public address at 7.30 p.m. in the Rolleston Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Christchurch School of Medicine Building.

On Friday he will give evidence to the Royal Commission. He leaves for Australia on Saturday.

NOTE FOR EDITORS; If you wish to contact Dr Moore while he is in NZ please contact Francis Wevers at the contacts below.

Francis Wevers Executive Director NZ Life Sciences Network (Inc) PO Box 715, Wellington, New Zealand Ph +64 4 9160100 Mobile 021 916010 Fax + 64 4 4731081 Email fwevers@lifesciencenz.com Website www.lifesciencenz.com

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