Call to Action 

!!Current Actions!!

Further submissions to the Northland Regional Plan Deadline:  3pm, Monday 26 March 2018.

Please make a "further submission" supporting the original submissions made by, GE Free NZ,  GE Free Tai Tokerau, Whangarei District Council, the Soil & Health Association Aotearoa NZ, Organics Aotearoa NZ (OANZ) and Te Waka Kai Ora on the important GE/GMO issue.

How to make your further submission in response to the NRC proposed Regional Plan

  • Email:
  • Post: PRP Further Submissions, Northland Regional Council, Private Bag 9021, Whangārei Mail Centre, Whangārei 0148
  • Drop it in to one of the NRC offices (ring 0800 002 004 to find your local NRC office)

- or, you can Go to the NRC consultation site to make your further submission online (but DO remember to save a copy of your further submission!)

Further information can be found here: GE Free Northland 

The Proposed Northland Regional Plan 2017

GE Free NZ is considering a Judicial Review over the approval for A1138 GM rice (17.3.2018)

GM rice correspondance and OIA reports on the GM rice. 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has just approved and gazetted GM rice (A1138) in case it contaminates the rice supply.  Threats of trade issues if contamination occurred, were alluded to if not approved.  There are no safety data provided by the applicants and only their unpublished data was relied on.  The Minister chose to ignore the absence of food safety studies when he did not call for a review.   

Please write to express your concerns over the lack of action to the Minister, Hon Damien O'Connor - or

cc. Secretariat:

Free Post: Private Bag 18888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Past Actions

Submission - A1139 - GE potatoes.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

FSANZ approved the GE potato into the food chain. 

FSANZ decision (29 September 2017) 

GE Free comment press release Food Standards Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes.

Application A1139

Name of submitter

Contact details

(address, email phone)

I ask that FSANZ decline the approval of application A1139 - Food derived from Potato Lines E56, F10, J3, W8, X17 & Y9.

I strongly object to FSANZ approving application A1139 - Food derived from Potato Lines E56, F10, J3, W8, X17 & Y9. I ask that FSANZ decline the application.

There is no comprehensive data showing evidence of unintended effects of the transgenic potato lines. It makes it mandatory for FSANZ to decline the approval.

  •  It is necessary for FSANZ to require whole genome sequencing to identify off-target mutations and also essential to ascertain the effects of unintended changes on global patterns of gene function.
  • FSANZ must require sequencing using molecular profiling analyses or “omics”-


    • transcriptomics — gene expression profiling,
    • proteomics
    • protein composition profiling,
    • metabolomics;
    • profiling of metabolites,
    • miR-omics – microRNA profiling

    The best evidence available for effective safety assessment also requires long-term toxicity studies in established animal model systems. In the absence of these data to inform FSANZ, there can be no legal approval of A1139.

    The APHIS documentation shows that these GE potato lines offer no nutritional advantage, as there are non-GE potato varieties that are naturally low in the desired profiles.  This demonstrates that there is no need for approval of the GE potatoes.

  • Instead of approving this application, FSANZ could instead recommend non-GE potato varieties that have naturally-occurring low levels of compounds responsible for acrylamide production. They could also educate food businesses on storing and cooking procedures that minimize acrylamide production..
  • The FSANZ assessment is compromised with respect to rigorous scientifc procedure.  These GE potato lines cannot be approved for the human or animal consumption, without the provision of comprehensive information regarding compositional differences to their non-GE counterparts.  Compostional analyses are very limited in that they can only assay for known compounds. Any novel compounds would not be detected in such analyses. 
  • FSANZ must provide evidence of safety, when eaten, in the lines that have significant variations in nutrients, or more importantly anti-nutrients. Anti nutrients such as glycoalkyloids can be highly toxic for consumers. 
  • The afore-mentioned studies have not been carried out and in their absence, there should be no legal approval of the A1139 application.



    Other risks from an approval by FSANZ that must be recognised as unacceptable to the public.

    • There is no consumer benefit or nutritional benefit from the GE potatoes listed in this application to outweigh known and unknown risks, compared to existing potato varieties that industry can use.
    • Whole or even very small parts of any uncooked (raw) tubers endanger New Zealand’s biosecurity. GE potatoes could either potentially be planted without regulation or establish themselves as wild populations.
    • Approval will constitute a total disregard for the health of consumers,  by denying them their right to know what they are eating. There is no requirement for GE foods sold by fast food and other restaurants to be labelled as such, so as to inform consumers.This would leave the public in the dark and result in unwilling and unwitting consumption of GE potatoes.
    • The GE potato lines’ compositions are significantly different to their parent line. This shows that the GE process has disrupted the cellular metabolism. As there are no feeding studies to evaluate these effects, it is not possible  to conclude that there are no biologically relevant differences. 

    Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry) Regulations 2017

    Environmental Guidance in Forestry Standards Is Welcomed (GE Free press release)

    The NES -PF has been in front of Minister for Primary Industry since 27 July 2016.  Update information says it is going to be considered in August 2017 - the GE clause still stands.

    National Environment Standard on Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). GE Free NZ Stop GE Trees principles align to the Global Justice Ecology Project. We need to protect native forests, and to defend the rights of forest dependent communities and Indigenous Peoples against the uncontrollable and irreversible threats posed by the release of genetically engineered (GE) trees.

    Protect the right of regions to choose to say NO to GE trees.


    Date ...

    Dear .....,  

    I am writing to you regarding the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLA).

    I would like to ask you to call for the deletion of the clauses 360D, 43A (3A) and 43(3B).

    The clauses, if enacted, remove the democratic process around community protections for the environment through the RMA and would allow GE plants and animals to be a permitted activity if approved by the EPA.   Any Council with precautionary GE provisions placed in their plans would have to remove them.  

    The damages from genetically modified organisms on New Zealand's ecosystems, including essential soil organisms, plants, birds and insects, could be both widespread, permanent and economically damaging.  These effects could be detrimental to biodiversity and trophic systems, undermining what the RMA is designed to protect. 

    replicas of the 6.4 clause in the stalled National Environment Standard on plantation forestry (NES-PF). Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) recieved  

    16,000 submissions calling for the removal of clause 6.4 and supporting councils in their right to regulate land use provisions on GMOs.

    I urge you to ensure that these clauses are removed from the RLA.

    The decision we would like the Minister to make


    1.   Remove clause 360D

    Remove clauses



    !! The Resource Management Act (RMA)!! updated 18 September 2017 

    Fantastic news, communities are now able to make GMO Free provisions in their regional policy statements and local council plans.   The new wording (360D) the Maori Pary carved out in the RMA allows Councils to place precautionary policies on GMO's without the interference of Ministers. (April 17)

    GE Free NZ submission.

    Local Body and Environment Select committee hearing

    March 2017 URGENT Protect the right of Regions to say NO to GE".  Please send an e-mail to Marama Fox and all Parties asking them to ensure that clauses, 360D, 43A (3A) & 43(3B)are removed from the RLA.  This week the Bill will be debated clause by clause.  Below is a template letter for you to use and add any of your own wording. Click here to find the email address of all MPs. 


    Communities want and should have a say in how their livelihoods will be affected, at the moment they can do this through the Resource Management Act. However, clauses have been added in the proposed RMA, by Minister for the Environment and supported by Federated Farmers, preventing councils and communities from placing precautionary controls on the management of GMO's in their region. Please write, meet with your Labour Party, Green Party, Maori Party, NZ First and United Future MP's to insist on removal of section 360D. Write to the select committee expressing your views. Below is a template you might like to follow. (You can also include other concerns you have with the planned RMA changes). 

    Update on Whangarei and Far North District Councils submission rounds, 2014.

    This is now in front of the High Court for more information please go to GE Free Northlands page

    Information for what to put in your plan to implement a precautionary policy around GMO's

    Do you live in Northland or Auckland?  (or do you have an interest greater than the general public?)

    Do you want to protect the North's existing valuable GE-Free status? (GE=Genetic Engineering).

    Do you support your local councils ensuring that those who may wish to undertake risky GE experiments in our region should be financially liable for any harm caused by their activities?

    Do you want a complete ban on the release of all GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?