NZMP Launches its First Ingredients in North America to Meet the Non-GMO Project Standard

NZMP, Fonterra’s global dairy ingredients brand, has launched a range of dairy ingredients to help North American food and beverage manufacturers address consumer demand for food without genetically modified ingredients and information about where their food comes from. Non-GMO Project, April 6 2017 The new NZMP ingredient range meets the Non-GMO Project Standard, North America’s most trusted and recognized […]

RMA change would put regions at whim of minister

Hawke’s Bay’s ability to capture a significant marketing advantage hangs in the balance, with Parliament poised to vote this week on whether to preserve the regions’ ability to create GM Free food producing zones. Opinion piece, Dominion Post, March 4 2017 As any food exporter knows, GM Free is a bottom line in high-value food […]

Hastings’ GM-free status under the spotlight as bill passes second reading

Concerns over the ongoing ability of local councils to declare their regions GM-free, as Hastings did in 2015, are mounting as a bill makes its way through Parliament potentially introducing powers to remove such GM rules from local plans. Nicki Harper, Hawke’s Bay Today, March 24 2017 Hastings became the first council in the country to […]

GM last modification needed on RMA bill

A potential ministerial override of local government bans on release of genetically modified organisms is the last issue still to be resolved before the Maori Party will vote to overhaul the Resource Management Act. Waatea News, 08 Mar 2017 16:06 PM Environment Minister Nick Smith says the deal is done, and he expects the party’s […]

Regions Hit Back at Minister’s Continued Crusade To Quash GM Free Zones

Pure Hawke’s Bay Media Release March 6: The Environment Minister is continuing his crusade to strip regions of the ability to be GM Free – despite his ongoing struggles to get backing from Parliament. Today, the Local Government and Environment Select Committee reported back today on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, which contains proposals that […]

Reforms threatening GM-Free Hastings to be re-negotiated

The Maori Party have praised a video calling for them to pull support from reforms which threaten Hastings’ future as a GMO-free district. Hawke’s Bay Today, February 4 2017. By Victoria White. Hawke’s Bay leaders were joined by public figures from around the country in the video – titled Protect Our GM Free Growing Regions […]

Campaign Launched to Protect GM Free Growing Regions

GM Free growing regions are asking the Maori Party to stop the Government from removing local powers that protect their GM Free growing status. GM Free Growing regions in Hastings District, Far North, Whangarei and Auckland are all under threat if the Maori Party sides with National. The changes Environment Minister, Nick Smith wants to introduce […]

Bay producers want to be able to compete

Just before Christmas, the Maori Party took a stand that is hugely important for Hawke’s Bay, says Pure Hawke’s Bay chairman, Bruno Chambers. The party told Environment Minister Nick Smith it does not support giving him new powers under the Resource Management Act (RMA) – if he could use them to outlaw GM Free Food production […]

Atkins Ranch gets GM-free tick in US

A kiwi lamb company has gone beyond simply “clean and green” to establish a solid foothold in the lucrative North American premium red meat market. Richard Rennie, Farmers Weekly, January 9 2017 Atkins Ranch, known in New Zealand until last year as Lean Meats, has become the first lamb exporter to gain full non GMO […]

Maori Party raises concerns over RMA changes

A law change which could let the Government overrule local councils’ bans on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are under threat, with a key support partner expressing concerns. Sam Sachdeva. Stuff, December 19 2016 The Maori Party, which has faced criticism for supporting Resource Management Act reforms, has written to Environment Minister Nick Smith with a “please […]