‘Major economic opportunity’ as Hastings District Council goes GM-free

Hawke’s Bay food producers have welcomed Hastings District Council becoming the first local authority in the country to ban genetically modified crops and animals under its District Plan. Dominion Post, Simon Hendery. September 11 2015 A group of growers and farmers, who have been campaigning under the Pure Hawke’s Bay banner for a GM ban in the […]

Strong Future for Hawke’s Bay Economy as Hastings Council Secures GM Free Status

Hastings District Council has secured a major economic opportunity for local food producers by making the district the first offical GM Free food producing zone in the country. Media Statement (pdf version) Rules in the newly released Hastings District Plan prohibit both releases and field trials of GM crops and animals. “This is a great […]

It Must Be GM-Free, Minister

Talking Point, Hawke’s Bay Today, September 1 2015 For Hawke’s Bay food exporters, GM Free means serious business. If more signals from the marketplace were needed to underscore this, then recent developments in Europe couldn’t be clearer. Europe’s economic powerhouse, Germany is preparing to ban GM agricultural releases in its productive lands. Across the North Sea, Scotland […]

GM forestry proposals: Government move a mistake

A version of this opinion piece appeared in the Dominion Post on August 10 2015. The Government has a target of doubling the value of the country’s primary exports by 2025. It should support premium regional branding initiatives which generate higher returns for New Zealand’s food exports. For Hawke’s Bay producers, retaining the region’s current […]

Hawke’s Bay Today: Council view on GM trees awaited

Simon Hendery, Hawke’s Bay Today, August 3 2015 The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has yet to decide if it will join a local growers’ lobby group in opposing a Government policy change that could allow genetically modified trees to be grown in the region. Pure Hawke’s Bay says the region’s image as a premium food producer is […]

Protest over plans to end regions right to be GMO free

Hawke’s Bay premium food producers have accused the government of a “back door” move to strip regions of the power to stay free of genetically modified organisms. ROB STOCK, Stuff, August 2 2015 New Zealand’s pure image boosts produce growing exporters to earn a premium in global markets for their fruit, veges, wine and food. […]

NZ: GM could put niche maize at risk

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into New Zealand could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers. New Zealand Farmer, October 6 2014. By Rob Tipa A specialist Bay of Plenty maize grower Colin Mackinnon, of Whakatane, said there was a world of difference between growing maize in […]

Hawke’s Bay Today: Let’s help keep Bay food pure

The call by Hawke’s Bay food producers for government to allow their products to be officially branded GM free is commendable. Andrew Austin, Hawke’s Bay Today, August 20 2014 The group, calling itself Pure Hawke’s Bay food producers, has asked the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams, not to change the Resource Management and “prevent our councils […]

Adams dismisses official GM-free zone

Hawke’s Bay Today, August 20 2014 Environment Minister Amy Adams has told Hawke’s Bay growers they already have the ability to market their produce as free of genetically modified organisms and she doesn’t support a law change to make the region an official GM-free zone. Local growers lobby group Pure Hawke’s Bay challenged Ms Adams on […]

Pressure building to shut out GMO crops

More district and regional councils are poised to fence out genetically modified organisms (GMOs) following a recent Environment Court decision. The court upheld the right of Bay of Plenty Regional Council to take a precautionary approach to the growing of genetically modified crops in its region. The ruling came as submissions closed on a similar […]