The Proposed National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry will override any Council precautionary GE provisions placed in their plans.

This will effectively remove our existing, sensible controls that protect our communities against the potentially catastrophic release of genetically engineered trees into our environment.

 Call to Action!!

 Action 13 -15 March 2017 URGENT

“Protect the right of Regions to say NO to GE”

Between Monday the 13th and Wednesday the 15th of March 2017 please send an e-mail to Hon. Nathan Guy (Minister for Primary Industries) and Hon. Louise Upston as (Associate Minister for PI) as well as to a National MP asking them to ensure that GE trees are removed from the NES-PF.  The National Party caucus is set to vote on the recommendations this week, not the whole parliament. Below is a template letter for you to use and add any of your own wording.

Protect the right of Regions to choose to say NO to GE-Trees 

Date …

Dear National Member of Parliament,  

I am writing to you regarding the National Environment Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).  Ministry for Primary Industries received 16,000 + submissions, of these 15,500 sought the removal of clause 6.4 on the planting of GE trees and GE rootstock.  

The clause, if enacted, removes the democratic process around community protections for the environment through the RMA and would make the planting of GE Trees a permitted activity if approved by the EPA.  This means that it would override any Council precautionary GE provisions placed in their plans.  

The dangers of genetically modified trees 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. 

I understand that the Hon. Nathan Guy will be signing off the NES-PF, after discussion with his caucus colleagues. I urge you to ensure that in light of the high number of submissions received by MPI the clause regarding GE trees (6.4) is removed.  

The decision we would like the Minister to make 

1.   Remove clause 6.4 from the draft NES-PF 

2.   Remove all wording referring to genetically modified trees and rootstock from the draft       NES-PF in Appendix 3; Afforestation & Replanting, 





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.

Email addresses for National Party MPs;;;;;;;;;;; ian.mckelvie@parliament.govt.nzmark.mitchell@parliam;;;;;

Further information International campaign to STOP GE Trees

Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Global Warming

Resources and information about the dangers of GE Trees – GE Free New Zealand


Supported by GE Free New Zealand, The Awareness Party and Climate Justice Aotearoa