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Govt ignores GE marches at its peril

Govt ignores GE marches at its peril

The Government has to wake up and respect New Zealanders' huge opposition to GE release, which will be expressed in GE free marches around the country tomorrow, the Green Co-leaders say.

"The Government ignores the wishes of the majority of voters at its peril," Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald said today.

"Thousands of New Zealanders will take their GE free message to the streets tomorrow. They will express their very real anger that the Government has ignored their calls for the moratorium on GE releases into the environment to be extended, and for GE to remain in the lab.

"It is not too late for the Government to see sense. It could easily introduce new legislation extending the moratorium by five years," the Co-leaders said. The Green Party encourages all New Zealanders to get out on the streets tomorrow, to remind the Government that this issue won't go away.

Green MPs join GE free marches in the four main centres as follows:

Auckland: From 12 noon, starting at the bottom of Queen St. Organised by MAdGE, Greenpeace and other GE free groups. Go to: Green MP attending: Ian Ewen-Street 0274 902 527

Wellington: From 12 noon, starting at Civic Square. Organised by the Wellington GE Free Coalition. Green MP attending: Sue Kedgley 027 270 9088

Christchurch: From 2 pm, starting at the Canterbury Museum. Organised by GE Free Canterbury. Green MP attending: Metiria Turei 021 440 701

Dunedin: From 12 noon, starting at the Octagon and marching down George St; reassembling at the museum to hand some seeds to the Dunedin Mayor in a symbolic gesture of concern. Organised by the Dunedin Coalition for a GE Free Environment. Green MP attending: Nandor Tanczos 027 246 5235

Marches are also taking place on the same day in other parts of New Zealand, including New Plymouth, Timaru and Invercargill. For details, go to:

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