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.

2017 Northland Regional Council Proposed Regional Plan 16 September 2017

16 September 2017

Northland Regional Council
Private Bag 9021
Whangarei Mail Centre WHANGAREI 0148

For all Councillors and involved Officials

 

Proposed Regional Plan

New rules and policies for how people use fresh water, land, air and the Northland coast


PSGR is a not-for-profit, non-aligned charitable trust whose members are science and medical professionals. Since the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification (RCGM) “to proceed with caution” we have maintained a watching brief on the scientific developments in genetic engineering (also referred to as genetic modification).

PSGR urge that Northland’s new Regional Plan establishes strong precautionary and prohibitive provisions, policies and rules on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms; which may also be referred to as genetic modification and genetically modified organisms. This should complement the precautionary provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in Northland’s Regional Policy Statement (RPS), the Auckland Council Unitary Plan, and the Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council collaborative Plan changes on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.

PSGR wishes to speak to this submission.

PSGR seeks a decision from Council for the proposed Regional Plan to be amended to include the following
policies:

1. In the tangata whenua section, precautionary and prohibitive provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms, in keeping with the established wording in the Northland RPS relating to tangata whenua and their specific concerns about the risks of on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms to the environment, their cultural values, and to indigenous biodiversity.
To address and support the precautionary and prohibitive polices on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms of all Tai Tokerau Iwi authorities, for all their respective rohe, from the Bombay hills north to Reinga.


2. The inclusion of provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in the Coastal Marine Area of the Northland Regional Plan that are the same as in the Auckland Unitary Plan, that being to adopt a precautionary approach to the management of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms by prohibiting the outdoor release of genetically engineered organisms and making outdoor field-testing and/or trials a discretionary activity, in the Coastal Marine Area.


3. To include provisions covering genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in the Soil and Water section of the Regional Plan that avoids toxic discharges on to soils and into water from genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms. This to avoid transgenic contamination of soils and waterways, and adverse impacts on conventional primary producers, producers not using genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.  We highlight that the vectors for transgenic contamination include soils, seeds, pollen, insects, machinery, water, plant material, animals, as well as human error and human activity.


4. To adopt a resource management framework for the management of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms that is Region specific, taking into account environmental, economic and social well-being considerations.


5. To address and support the opposition of Northland District Councils and Auckland Council to outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.
PSGR supports Whangarei District Council's plan change #131, Far North District Council Plan change #18, and the precautionary and prohibitive provisions in the Auckland Council Unitary Plan on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.


PSGR supports the innovative and collaborative work of the Northland and Auckland "Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & Management Options." For your convenience, see www.wdc.govt.nz/PlansPoliciesandBylaws/Plans/Genetic-Engineering/Pages/default.aspx PSGR supports the valuable precautionary provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in the Northland Regional Policy Statement and the identification of the genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms issue as an Issue of Significance for Northland tangata whenua and an issue of concern for Northland communities. The risks of outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms to indigenous biodiversity is a particular concern.


PSGR asks that Northland Regional Council do more to protect its valuable existing free status regarding genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms, its biosecurity, its indigenous biodiversity, its existing conventional primary producers, e.g. foresters, beekeepers, horticulturists, and farmers, its economy, its environment, its cultural values, its growing organic sector, including Maori organics "Hua Parakore", and public health from outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.

 
PSGR opposes the outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms - including genetic intervention, gene drive and gene editing - on public lands and conservation estates. PSGR is confident that the jurisdictional issue will be settled in favour of Whangarei District Council (appellant) and Northland Regional Council (respondent) in the Court of Appeal, Wellington hearing on 22 November 2017.  


The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 allows local councils the authority to ban or regulate outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms as part of integrated management. 


PSGR thanks you for the opportunity to make a submission. Please keep us informed. 


PSGR also congratulates Northland Councils, Auckland, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Hasting District Council for leading the way to a New Zealand secure from the contamination of our environment by genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.


The Trustees and Members of Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility New Zealand Charitable Trust

 

2017 Northland Regional Council Proposed Regional Plan 16 September 2017

16 September 2017

Northland Regional Council
Private Bag 9021
Whangarei Mail Centre WHANGAREI 0148

For all Councillors and involved Officials

 

Proposed Regional Plan

New rules and policies for how people use fresh water, land, air and the Northland coast


PSGR is a not-for-profit, non-aligned charitable trust whose members are science and medical professionals. Since the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification (RCGM) “to proceed with caution” we have maintained a watching brief on the scientific developments in genetic engineering (also referred to as genetic modification).

PSGR urge that Northland’s new Regional Plan establishes strong precautionary and prohibitive provisions, policies and rules on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms; which may also be referred to as genetic modification and genetically modified organisms. This should complement the precautionary provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in Northland’s Regional Policy Statement (RPS), the Auckland Council Unitary Plan, and the Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council collaborative Plan changes on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.

PSGR wishes to speak to this submission.

PSGR seeks a decision from Council for the proposed Regional Plan to be amended to include the following
policies:

1. In the tangata whenua section, precautionary and prohibitive provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms, in keeping with the established wording in the Northland RPS relating to tangata whenua and their specific concerns about the risks of on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms to the environment, their cultural values, and to indigenous biodiversity.
To address and support the precautionary and prohibitive polices on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms of all Tai Tokerau Iwi authorities, for all their respective rohe, from the Bombay hills north to Reinga.


2. The inclusion of provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in the Coastal Marine Area of the Northland Regional Plan that are the same as in the Auckland Unitary Plan, that being to adopt a precautionary approach to the management of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms by prohibiting the outdoor release of genetically engineered organisms and making outdoor field-testing and/or trials a discretionary activity, in the Coastal Marine Area.


3. To include provisions covering genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in the Soil and Water section of the Regional Plan that avoids toxic discharges on to soils and into water from genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms. This to avoid transgenic contamination of soils and waterways, and adverse impacts on conventional primary producers, producers not using genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.  We highlight that the vectors for transgenic contamination include soils, seeds, pollen, insects, machinery, water, plant material, animals, as well as human error and human activity.


4. To adopt a resource management framework for the management of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms that is Region specific, taking into account environmental, economic and social well-being considerations.


5. To address and support the opposition of Northland District Councils and Auckland Council to outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.
PSGR supports Whangarei District Council's plan change #131, Far North District Council Plan change #18, and the precautionary and prohibitive provisions in the Auckland Council Unitary Plan on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.


PSGR supports the innovative and collaborative work of the Northland and Auckland "Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & Management Options." For your convenience, see www.wdc.govt.nz/PlansPoliciesandBylaws/Plans/Genetic-Engineering/Pages/default.aspx PSGR supports the valuable precautionary provisions on genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in the Northland Regional Policy Statement and the identification of the genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms issue as an Issue of Significance for Northland tangata whenua and an issue of concern for Northland communities. The risks of outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms to indigenous biodiversity is a particular concern.


PSGR asks that Northland Regional Council do more to protect its valuable existing free status regarding genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms, its biosecurity, its indigenous biodiversity, its existing conventional primary producers, e.g. foresters, beekeepers, horticulturists, and farmers, its economy, its environment, its cultural values, its growing organic sector, including Maori organics "Hua Parakore", and public health from outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.

 
PSGR opposes the outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms - including genetic intervention, gene drive and gene editing - on public lands and conservation estates. PSGR is confident that the jurisdictional issue will be settled in favour of Whangarei District Council (appellant) and Northland Regional Council (respondent) in the Court of Appeal, Wellington hearing on 22 November 2017.  


The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 allows local councils the authority to ban or regulate outdoor use of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms as part of integrated management. 


PSGR thanks you for the opportunity to make a submission. Please keep us informed. 


PSGR also congratulates Northland Councils, Auckland, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Hasting District Council for leading the way to a New Zealand secure from the contamination of our environment by genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms.


The Trustees and Members of Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility New Zealand Charitable Trust

 

2018 Letter to NZ Councils 22 January 2018

22 January 2018           

To all New Zealand Councils and Councillors                   cc District Health Boards and Public Health Services, Other interested recipients 

Formulating your Long Term Plans

PSGR is a not-for-profit, non-aligned charitable trust whose members are mainly science, medical and machinery-of-government professionals.  Since the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification made recommendations “to proceed with caution”, PSGR has maintained a watching brief, in particular on scientific developments in genetic engineering (also referred to as genetic modification), as well as other public interest issues involving health and environmental safety where we can offer expert opinion on lawful and authoritative public policy information.

Please consider this information and recommendations as a submission by PSGR to your planning development and consultation 2018.  PSGR will speak to this submission.

In forming responsible and effective governance

The responsibility to ratepayers and the wider community requires informed decision-making, including consideration of new information and peer-reviewed science that may challenge perceived wisdom, or current policy assumptions.  In many situations an intergenerational perspective is required.

In this submission regarding your Long Term Plans we ask Council to consider the following issues to be addressed:

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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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