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

 

Napier Becomes A GE FREE City

On September 19th 2001, Napier City Council dared to declare the city GE Free. The declaration was strongly advocated by Councillor Dave Pipe. Napier City Council is the second New Zealand council to make a symbolic GE Free declaration. Nelson city opened the way on April 5th 2001.

What does this symbolic declaration mean?
It means that the council acknowledges the wishes of the people to see their environment remain GE Free. It means that Napier City is leading the way for the other Hawke’s Bay local councils to follow. It means that the concerns of the public matter and that the public can influence the country governance.

A Napier councillor represented Napier city in August in Japan at the 5th World Conference of Mayors for Peace through intercity solidarity. This councillo was thanked for expressing the following at the conference “ that even local governments can have influences on national governments and their policies, to make a peaceful world” ( letter Yasoka Tanaka 13/08/01 to Cr Lawson, NCC agenda 19/09/01 ). GE Free Hawke’s Bay believes that local governments can also have influence on central government and their policies, to keep the country GE Free. Declaring the City GE Free is sending a strong message to central government. Central government will be releasing its policy decision on GE on October 31th.

What are the declaration’s practical applications?
Napier City Council should publicize this policy in any Council publications and marketing materials.
Napier City Council should aim to ensure that no Genetically Engineered products are used in any food provided on Council premises or at Council functions.
Napier City Council will oppose any GE field trials in the area.
Napier City Council will be required to erect some signs stating the GE Free status of the city for all visitors to see when entering the city.
Napier City Council can now register the city in the national GE Free register.

A GE Free Council may choose to implement the symbolic declaration by including a variation to the District Plan, making the release of GMO in the area a prohibited activity under the RMA.

As the potential for GMOs to have adverse effects on soil and crops is becoming evident, the GE Free campaign is gaining momentum both in the New Zealand and in the world. In New Zealand, the GE Free register to declare your property GE Free was established a couple of weeks ago. The register is open to all properties, from residential dwellings to 10,000-acre conventional or organic farms. Businesses are also encouraged to register. Registration is free. A “Proud to be GE Free” sign, the visual component for the campaign, can be displayed by registered properties, in cars, shop windows, home, or elsewhere. For more information on the register: www.gefreeregister.co.nz.

Napier was one of the first cities to become nuclear free. The GE Free declaration will remain a milestone in the history of Napier. Congratulations to Napier for declaring itself a GE Free zone.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Tourism’s Endless Sense Of Grievance

Sad that a once in a century pandemic should have come along before the government had a clearly thought out plan for rescuing all the firms and saving all the jobs in the tourism sector. Sad that the government now looks like it was making up the criteria for support as it went along. But guess what? To some extent, they were. Possibly because in the modern era, a pandemic had never before caused international travel to evaporate almost overnight... More>>

 

PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>

ALSO:


PM Statement: Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review

Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin. This week is the Māori ... More>>

ALSO:

Greens: $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming

The Green Party has released its Farming for the Future Plan, including a $297m fund to support farmers and growers to transition to climate-friendly practices. The plan will: · Improve how we look after our land and water, with a levy on the ... More>>

ALSO:

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>

Police: Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber, Auckland City Police: Police have made six arrests as part of an operation investigating historical offending at Dilworth School. Auckland City Criminal Investigation Branch have been investigating since a complaint ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels