Previously known as Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics PSRGNZ - Charitable Trust
As required under the new 2005 Charities Act, PSGR has reregistered as a charitable trust.

November 2016 Letter to all New Zealand Councillors 8-11-16

 

8 November 2016                     

 

For the attention of all New Zealand Councils and Councillors

 

As recently elected representatives of residents in your region we acknowledge your responsibility and concerns for sustainable land use, limiting the consequences of releasing genetically engineered organisms into your environment, and preserving the reputation and integrity of regional economies for exporting clean, safe products that New Zealand overseas markets buy from us knowing they are GE-free.

 

Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility is a Charitable Trust established to provide independent scientific assessment and advice on matters relating to genetic engineering and other scientific and medical matters.  In this capacity, informative letters have been regularly addressed to all New Zealand Councillors since 2003.  

 

Recently, one Councillor admitted not knowing what genetically engineered organisms are.  That Councillor was also unaware of the tremendous efforts over more than a decade made by the Northland Councils, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and Auckland Council to protect ratepayers from the risks of releasing genetically engineered organisms into the New Zealand environment, or that Hawkes Bay is working towards the same goal and other Councils acknowledge the importance of action on this issue.

 

This situation has led us to send the following material.

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2016 NZ Councils and Councillors 7 March 2016

7 March 2016

For the attention of all New Zealand Councils and Councillors

As elected representatives we acknowledge your responsibility and concerns for land use, limiting the consequences of releasing genetically engineered organisms into your environment, and preserving the reputation and integrity of regional economies for exporting clean, safe, GE-free products that New Zealand's overseas markets want from us.

PSGR has addressed informative letters to all Councillors in New Zealand regularly since 2003.  Today, we learned that one Councillor admitted not knowing what genetically engineered organisms are.  That Councillor is also unaware of the tremendous efforts over a decade made by the Northland Councils, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and Auckland Council to protect ratepayers from the risks of releasing these genetically engineered organisms into the environment, or that Hawkes Bay is working towards the same goal and other Councils acknowledge their importance.

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2014 Letter to all New Zealand Councils 8 July 2014

8 July 2014

To all New Zealand Councils                                 cc Council office holders, Local and Community Board Members

While we appreciate the following information may be received too late to affect this year's consideration of Council Plans, it validates our submission material to all New Zealand Councils.  We ask that councillors and council officers take it on board for current and future considerations of Plans to manage any potential release of transgenic (genetically engineered / modified) organisms in your region.  It is important councils are able to consider issues of concern at the local level that extends beyond the timeframes of central government authorities like the Environmental Protection Authority.  Under the HSNO Act, the EPA ceases to have responsibility or jurisdiction over an approved release of a transgenic organism once that new organism ceases to be considered as such.

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2015 Letter to NZ Councils February 2015

10 February 2015

Mayors, Councillors and CEOs of all Regional, District and City Councils in New Zealand,

cc Local and Community Boards, and CEOs and Board Members of all District Health Boards

 

Submission to Councils Future Community and Regional Plans

The Trustees of PSGR thank Council for their response to previous correspondence. 

We ask that you accept and consider the following as a submission, with feedback, when establishing your planning and budgeting documents and in so doing support a sustainable future for your district and a healthy community, and in doing this draw support from members of District Health Boards and Community and Local Boards.

Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility is a Charitable Trust established to provide independent scientific assessment and advice on matters relating to genetic engineering and other scientific and medical matters. 

We accept many Councils have already taken steps to meet public demand in matters of genetically engineered organisms released into the environment and thank them for doing so.  While other Councils leave such concerns to central government, it is important to consider the impacts at local levels extending beyond the timeframes and jurisdiction of central government authorities like the Environmental Protection Authority.

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