It’s official: Hastings is now a GM Free food producing district

Hawke’s Bay food producers have won a major battle to keep the Hastings District GM Free. Federated Farmers has formally abandoned its legal attempt to overturn Hastings official GM Free food producing status. Pure Hawke’s Bay, a lobby group representing Hawke’s Bay growers, exporters and farmers backed the GM Free plan rules adopted by the […]

Progress for GM Free Regions

Media Release:  Hawke’s Bay exporters, growers and farmers who have worked hard to protect the region’s GM free status welcome the environment minister’s back down from controversial amendments to the RMA he wants to take away the regions’ right to make their own decisions on GMOs. Hawke’s Bay’s ability to establish a GM Free food producing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Minister Lacks Support, Should Drop Bid to Abolish GM Free Regions

Media Release: The Maori Party’s announcement that it does not support law changes designed to put an end to regional GM Free zones has been welcomed by Hawke’s Bay food producers and exporters group, Pure Hawke’s Bay. In a letter to the environment minister last week, the Party stated that it does not support changes to […]

Auckland Region on Track to Official GM Free Status

The campaign to keep Hawke’s Bay GM Free took another step forward today with the Auckland Plan Hearings Panel recommending the adoption of similar GMO Free rules to Hastings. The panel’s recommendations, released today, would protect the Auckland region’s GM Free status by prohibiting releases of GMOs for the life of the plan. In May last year, […]

Our GM-free meat status undersold

New Zealand meat exporters need to cash in on our GM-Free status, says Simon Beamish NZ Farmer, June 28 2016 OPINION: Hawke’s Bay’s GM Free status is hugely important for exporters and the pastoral sector can surely extract more value from the market. Walk through the door of a Whole Foods Supermarket into the fruit and vegetable area […]

Farmer advantage lies in GM Free

Farmers Weekly: Food producers and Pure Hawke’s Bay board members Bruno Chambers and John Bostock say the choice between using genetically modified organism or not is a no-contest. They contend GM has produced few positive results and customers don’t want it anyway. RECENT announcements by market heavyweights that they will eliminate genetically modified animal feed […]

Parliament must protect regions right to chose

Dominion Post, May 20 2016 OPINION: A Hawke’s Bay initiative to add value to the region’s food exports will likely be axed if Parliament gives the Minister for the Environment sweeping new powers under the Resource Management Act. In response to strong market demand for GM Free products, Hawke’s Bay producers want to protect the region’s […]