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Plan Change 131 : Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

 
This page contains information about proposed District Plan Change 131: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).
Updated: 14/11/2016 9:03 a.m.

Affected Part of District Plan:

New chapter.

Contact Person:

Melissa McGrath, Team Leader - District Plan, Whangarei District Council.

Summary:

 

​Plan change 131 – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has been developed collaboratively over the past 10 years. During this time the community has voiced concerns to the Council on the risks of the outdoor use of GMOs in a number of different forums.

In response to these concerns an Inter-Council Working Party (‘the Working Party’) on GMO risk evaluation and management options was formed in 2003. The Working Party is made up of the councils in Northland and Auckland.

The Working Party determined that GMOs are a significant resource management issue in the northern region and that a precautionary approach to the outdoor use of GMOs is desired by the community.

Plan Change 131 proposes to insert a new chapter and new definitions into the Whangarei District Council Operative District Plan. The following summarises the proposed provisions:

The creation of a district wide GMOs chapter to be inserted into the District Plan that includes:

  • A description of the purpose and expectations of the new GMO chapter, which is to manage the outdoor use of GMOs.
  • Eligibility rules that outline what GMO activities are covered and what GMO activities are not covered by the new provisions.
  • Notification criteria, which states that all applications for resource consent under the proposed GMO provisions must be publicly notified.
  • Objectives specifying outcomes sought for the outdoor use of GMOs.
  • Policies specifying courses of action to achieve outcomes sought for the outdoor use of GMOs.
  • Information requirements for applications for GMO field trials.
  • General development and performance standards outlining minimum controls without limiting the discretion reserved to Council.
  • Particular matters to be considered when determining the amount of bond required and a monitoring strategy for a GMO discretionary activity.

New definitions to be inserted into chapter 4, meaning of words in the District Plan for the following terms:

  • Field Trials (tests)
  • Genetically Modified Organism and GMO
  • Release
  • Environmental Protection Authority and EPA
  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and HSNO

Following submissions and futher submissions a joint hearing was held on the dates listed below.  The purpose of the joint hearing was to hear all submitters on both the Whangarei and Far North District Councils' plan changes on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). 

Pre-Circulated and Tabled Evidence

Pre-Circulated and Tabled Evidence are available to view in the 'Hearing' Folder below.  Please note that all evidence was not able to be placed on the website due to its large size. 

Right of Reply from Reporting Planners' and Closing Legal Submissions

The Right of Reply from the Reporting Planners' and the Closing Legal Submissions are available to view in the 'Hearing' Folder below.

Status:

  Subject to Appeal
 

Viewing the documents

Documents relevant to this plan change are listed under the headings below. To view them, click on the '+' next to each heading. Each document displays in a new window.

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Section 42a Joint Hearing Report (includes Attachment 1) [526.7kb]
Attachment 2 - Provisions as Notified - PC18 [282.9kb]
Attachment 3 - Provisions as Notified - PC131 [538kb]
Attachment 4 - Summary of Submissions - PC18 [1411.3kb]
Attachment 5 - Summary of Submissions - PC131 [350.7kb]
Attachment 6 - Statement of Evidence by Professor Jack Heinemann - University of Canterbury [982.3kb]
Attachment 7 - Statement of Evidence by Dr John Small - Covec New Zealand [1049.4kb]
Attachment 8 - Track Change Version of Provisions - PC18 [227.4kb]
Attachment 9 - Track Change Version of Provisions - PC131 [529.8kb]
Attachment 10 - Environment Court Decision [2479.4kb]
Attachment 11 - Statement of Evidence by Dr Kerry James Grundy [275.9kb]
Attachment 12 - Index of Submissions and Further Submissions [54.6kb]
Attachment 13 - Court of Appeal Decision [64.2kb]
Addendum to Section 42a Joint Hearing Report [186.2kb]
Addendum Attachment 1 - Track Change Version of Provisions - PC18 [177kb]
Addendum Attachment 2 - Track Change Version of Provisions - PC131 [529.9kb]
Opening Statement of Paul Waanders [100.7kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn (includes Attachment) [1965.1kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - James Valley [42.5kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - John Clarke [718.7kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Federated Farmers [277.2kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Federated Farmers - Attachment G1 [402.1kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Federated Farmers - Attachment G2 [319.3kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Federated Farmers - Attachment G2a [878.7kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Federated Farmers - Attachment G2b [401.6kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Pastoral Genomics - Legal Submissions [389.5kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Pastoral Genomics - Legal Submissions - Appendix 1 [5566kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Pastoral Genomics - Legal Submissions - Appendix 2 - Part 1 [3865.9kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Pastoral Genomics - Legal Submissions - Appendix 2 - Part 2 [4720.5kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Pastoral Genomics - Legal Submissions - Appendix 2 - Part 3 [2697.8kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Pastoral Genomics - Dr Mike Dunbier - Appendices 1-2 [856.3kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ [208.9kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 1 [2566.1kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 2a [2022.9kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 2b [1644.6kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 2c [1371.2kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 3 - Part 1 [2602kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 3 - Part 2 [5844.5kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 3b [1171.4kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 4 [130.8kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 5 [157.6kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 6 [758.3kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 6a [1011.1kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 6b [1367.4kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 7 [634.5kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 8 [684.7kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 9 [2644.7kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Attachment 9a [1237.7kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Ngaire Hart [51.6kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - GE Free NZ - Ngaire Hart [5543.8kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Soil and Health Association - Donald Nordeng [111.2kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Soil and Health Association - Dr Benjamin Pitman [235.8kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Soil and Health Association - Vernon Warren [169.5kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Soil & Health Association - Marty Robinson [80.7kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Soil & Health Association - Marion Thomson [122.9kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Soil & Health - GE Free - Linda Zelka Grammer [151.1kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Soil & Health - Jon Manhire [89.5kb]
Pre-Circulated Evidence - Minister for the Environment [1030.8kb]
Tabled Evidence # 1 Claie Bleakley GE Free NZ [456.2kb]
Tabled Evidence # 2 Greg Wilson [237.2kb]
Tabled Evidence # 3 Thomson Wilson [1059.9kb]
Tabled Evidence # 4 Dr Kerry Grundy [347.8kb]
Tabled Evidence # 5 Prof Jack Heinemann [734.7kb]
Tabled Evidence # 6 John Small [211.4kb]
Tabled Evidence # 7 Keir Volkerling [132.3kb]
Tabled Evidence # 8 Soil and HealthAssociation of NZ [411.4kb]
Tabled Evidence # 9 Claire Bleakley GE Free NZ [586.9kb]
Tabled Evidence # 10 Claire Bleakley GE Free NZ [2631kb]
Tabled Evidence # 11 Rachel Major [373.6kb]
Tabled Evidence # 12 Margaret Hicks [1166.5kb]
Tabled Evidence # 13 Steve Goldthorpe [143.3kb]
Tabled Evidence # 14 Federated Farmers of NZ [343.8kb]
Tabled Evidence # 15 Richard Gardiner of Federated Farmers NZ [560.9kb]
Tabled Evidence # 16 Richard Gardiner of Federated Farmers NZ [510.9kb]
Tabled Evidence # 17 John Clarke [274.7kb]
Tabled Evidence # 18 John Clarke [362.5kb]
Tabled Evidence # 19 John Clarke [313.1kb]
Tabled Evidence # 20 Mike Finlayson [262.1kb]
Tabled Evidence # 21 Dr Michael Dunbier on behal of Pastoral Genomics [673.8kb]
Tabled Evidence # 22 Arnold James Kalnins [1322kb]
Tabled Evidence # 23 John Sanderson [287.5kb]
Tabled Evidence # 24 Col Bob Jones [317.5kb]
Tabled Evidence # 25 James Valley [60.3kb]
Tabled Evidence # 26 Fiona Robinson [640.8kb]
Tabled Evidence # 27 Martin Robinson [151.2kb]
Tabled Evidence # 28 Charles Nathan [757.3kb]
Tabled Evidence # 29 Ngaire Hart [1175.7kb]
Right of Reply from Reporting Planners' [269kb]
Attachment 1 - Track Change Version - PC18 & PC131 [703.4kb]
Closing Legal Submissions [1872kb]
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