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He Panui!

Naumai, haere atu ra nga mihi o te rangi, o te whenua, a te tangata kia koutou te noho mai na I runga I ena marae kainga o tatou. Me te marama ko koutou, tatou nga urupa o ratou ma kua huri kei tua o pae mau mahara, te kawe nei tatou ia ratou I te whatu manawa pupuru ai, te kore ngaro. Heoi ano, ratou kia ratou, haere oti atu ra.

Tenei tatou nga waihonga ake o ratou ma, hei whiriwhiri I tenei take nunui ina, ‘Te Taikiri Mouri/Mauri, Whakapuruhono” (Genetic Modification). Te whakarongo nei ki nga tai tangata e haruru ana I te whatiwhatitanga I nga ngaru wahaatai o koro ma, me kui ma I te po, maranga, maranga mai.

Te mouri e runga, te mouri e rangi, te mouri ka puta ki te whaiao ki te ao marama! Piki mai, kake mai! Tihei Mouri Ora!

What is the role of the Commission? He aha te kaupapa o te Komihana?
The Royal Commission on Genetic Modification (RCGM) has been established to receive representations from, inquire into, investigate, and report upon the following matters:
 The strategic options available to enable New Zealand to address, now and in the future, genetic modification, genetically modified organisms and products and:
 Any changes considered desirable to the current legislative, regulatory, policy or institutional arrangements for addressing in New Zealand, genetic modification and genetically modified organisms and products.

The Commission is an independent body and was established on 8 May 2000 by Order in Council. The Commission is required to present its report to the Government on 1 June 2001.

The RCGM is required to consult extensively with the public, and with Maori in a manner that specifically provides for the needs of Maori.

What is Genetic Modification? He aha te kaupapa Whakapuruhono?
Genetic Modification (as defined in the Commission’s Warrant) is the use of genetic engineering techniques in a laboratory, being a use that involves:
 the deletion, multiplication, modification, or moving of genes within a living organism; or
 the transfer of genes from one organism to another; or
 the modification of existing genes or the construction of novel genes and their incorporation in any organisms;
 the utilisation of subsequent generations or offspring of organisms modified by any of the activities described above.

Genetically modified organisms means as organism that is produced by genetic modification.
Organism includes a human being.
Products includes every medicinal, commercial, chemical, and food product that ( while not itself capable of replicating genetic material) is derived from, or is likely to be derived from, genetic modification.

The Commission will not inquire into the generation of organisms or products using modern standard breeding techniques (including cloning, mutagenesis, protoplast fusions, controlled pollination, hybridisation, hydridomas and monoclonal antibodies).

The Maori Consultation Process: Nga mahi korerorero Maori
As part of the Maori consultation process, the RCGM will be holding 10 Regional Hui, approximately 25 Workshops and 1 National Hui.

Regional Hui (10):
Regional hui will provide a formal channel for Maori to present verbal and/or written submissions on Maori views on genetic modification, genetically modified organisms and products to the Commission. Most hui will be Marae-based and will be run over one day. People wishing to make a formal submission (verbal/ written) at these hui will need to register to ensure a presentation time has been allocated. Approximately fifteen (15) minutes will be allocated per submission presentation. All submissions (verbal/ written) will be fully recorded. Registration forms (attached) should be completed and returned to the RCGM Office at least five (5) working days prior to the nominated hui.

Workshops (approx. 25):
These workshops will focus on providing information to Maori on the role of the Commission, the submission process. Although some information on genetic modification will be available, emphasis will be on the submission process, rather than educating or debating the opinions on genetic modification issues. These sessions will be approximately three (3) hours in duration and will precede the Regional hui being held in the area. (For example prior to the Wanganui Regional hui, workshops will be held in Palmerston North, Wanganui and New Plymouth). Registration forms (attached) should be completed and returned to the RCGM Office at least three (3) working days prior to the nominated workshop.

National Hui (1):
A national hui is scheduled for early in the new year. Details of this Hui will be made available at a later date.
The Programme: Ko te mahi a mua

Date Programme Location Time Venue
Tue 24 Oct Workshop Palmerston North 5.30pm- 8.30pm Te Rünanganui o Rangitäne
140-148 Maxwell Line
Palmerston North
Wed 25 Oct Workshop Wanganui 5.30pm- 8.30pm Whanganui River Maori Trust Board- 357 Victoria Ave, Wanganui
Thur 26 Oct Workshop New Plymouth 5.30pm- 8.30pm Te Puni Kokiri Office
250 Devon St East,
New Plymouth
Fri 27 Oct Workshop Kaikohe 5.30pm- 8.30pm Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi
16 Mangakahia Rd, Kaikohe
Sat 28 Oct Workshop Whangarei 11.00am- 2.00pm Ngati Wai Trust Board
171 Lower Dent St, Whangarei
Sat 4 Nov Regional Hui Wanganui 9:15am – 5pm Te Ao Hou Marae
Fri 17 Nov Regional Hui Whangärei 9:15am – 5pm Pehiaraweri Marae
Mon 20 Nov Workshop Tauranga To be confirmed To be confirmed
Tue 21 Nov Workshop Rotorua To be confirmed To be confirmed
Wed 22 Nov Workshop Whakatäne To be confirmed To be confirmed
Thur 23 Nov Workshop Taupo To be confirmed To be confirmed
Mon 27 Nov Workshop Porirua 5.30pm- 8.30pm To be confirmed
Tue 28 Nov Workshop Wellington 5.30pm- 8.30pm To be confirmed
Sat 2 Dec Regional Hui Rotorua 9:15am – 5pm Ohinemutu
Mon 4 Dec Workshop Invercargill 2.00pm- 5.00pm To be confirmed
Tues 5 Dec Workshop Dunedin 2.00pm- 5.00pm To be confirmed
Thurs 7 Dec Workshop Upper Hutt 5.30pm- 8.30pm To be confirmed
Fri 15 Dec Regional Hui Wellington 9:15am – 5pm Waiwhetu Marae

Christmas/ New Year Break

Sat 20 Jan Regional Hui Dunedin 9:15am – 5pm The Otago Polytechnic Student Centre
Sat 27 Jan Regional Hui Blenheim 9:15am – 5pm Omaka Marae
Sat 10 Feb Regional Hui Hastings 9:15am – 5pm Omahu Pa
Sat 17 Feb Regional Hui Gisborne 9:15am – 5pm Te Poho-o-Rawiri Marae
Sat 24 Feb Regional Hui Christchurch 9:15am – 5pm Te Waipounamu House
Sat 10 March Regional Hui Auckland 9:15am – 5pm Orakei Marae

Post-Christmas workshop dates and venues to be advised.

Additional Information Sources:
For information on the Commission, its terms of reference and how to make a submission, visit the Commission’s website at or contact the RCGM Office.

Background papers on genetic modification issues are available for download from the website or summaries are available on request from the RCGM Office.

In addition, please contact the following organisation for useful reference and educational material: (Please note that the information below is not representative of the Commission’s view and should not be interpreted as such)
The Royal Society of New Zealand Ph: 04 472 7421 Fax: 04 473 1841
PO Box 598, Wellington
The Environmental Risk Management Authority Ph: 04 473 8426 Fax: 04 473 8433
PO Box 131, Wellington
Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) Ph: 04 473 9942 Fax: 04 473 9855
PO Box 10 559, Wellington
Independent Biotechnology Advisory Council
PO Box 530, Wellington
The Ministry of Health Ph: 04 496 2000 Fax: 04 496 2340
PO Box 5013, Wellington
The Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry Ph: 04 474 4100 Fax: 04 474 4244
PO Box 2526, Wellington

Registration Process: Ko te mahi rëhita
For planning purposes, if you are interested in attending the Regional hui or workshops in your region, please complete the attached registration form and return it immediately to the RCGM office. Five (5) days notice is required to attend the Regional Hui and up to three (3) days notice for the workshops. Contact details are listed below.

Contact Information:
For further information on the Maori Consultation Programme, please contact:
Matt McMillan or Reece Kohatu

The Office of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification at:
Dalmuir House
114 The Terrace
PO Box 3554

Free Phone: 0800 001 480 or 04 495 9149
Fax: 04 495 9153

Hui/ Workshop Registration Form: Rarangi Rehita
Name of iwi/hapu/organisation:
Contact person(s):
Contact phone number: Fax:
Email: Cellphone:

Hui Attendance: (Please tick)
Regional Hui: (9.15am- 5.00pm)
1.Wanganui (4 Nov 00) * 6. Blenheim (27 Jan 01) *
2. Whangarei (17 Nov 00) * 7. Hastings (10 Feb 01) *
3. Rotorua (2 Dec 00) * 8. Gisborne (17 Feb 01) *
4. Wellington (15 Dec 00) * 9. Christchurch (24 Feb 01) *
5. Dunedin (20 Jan 01) * 10. Auckland (10 Mar 01) *

Workshops: (Please tick)
1. Palmerston North (24 Oct 00) * 9. Taupo (23 Nov 00) *
2. Wanganui (25 Oct 00) * 10. Porirua (27 Nov 00) *
3. New Plymouth (26 Oct 00) * 11. Wellington (28 Nov 00) *
4. Kaikohe (27 Oct 00) * 12. Invercargill (4 Dec 00) *
5. Whangarei (28 Oct 00) * 13. Dunedin (5 Dec 00) *
6. Tauranga (20 Nov 00) * 14. Upper Hutt (7 Dec 00) *
7. Rotorua (21 Nov 00) *
8. Whakatane (22 Nov 00) *
*Dates and venues to be confirmed.
Post Christmas Workshop dates and venues to be confirmed and advertised at a later date.

Request to present a submission at the Regional Hui: (Please Circle)
I/we wish to make a submission to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification: Yes/ No
Presentation type: Verbal/ Written/ Both
Overhead Projector required: Yes/No
Translator required: Yes/ No

My preferred time to appear before the Commission (to make submission):
Time: Preference:
10.30 am – 1.00 pm *
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm *

Signature: Date:

Please return the completed form to the following address:
Fax: (04) 495 9153
Post: PO Box 3554

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