Genetic Modification: Correspondence

Our research has required the establishment of ongoing communications with the relevant government agencies and Crown Research Institutes in relation to Genetic Modification in New Zealand. Below is a record of our formal correspondence. Please note: this list does not cover every item of correspondence that has occurred during the course of our research. Further details of correspondence are available on request.

Correspondence for Report 16: An Overview of Genetic Modification in New Zealand 1973 – 2013: The First Forty Years

The following information was provided under the Official Information Act during the research phase of Report 16. Please note this does not represent the entirety of information sourced form government departments.

  1. 27 March 2013: EPA – response to a request for location and facility details of GM incidents
  2. 14 May 2013: Scion – response to request for further details of the costs of Scion’s outdoor experiments
  3. 20 May 2013: Amy Adams – response to request for details as to HSNO Methodology

Correspondence since the 2008 GM Reports

We have sent several letters regarding recent developments in New Zealand that are relevant to our current GM research:

  1. 22 May 2009: Letter to GE Free Northland in response to Hon Dr Nick Smith’s response to Northland City Council
  2. 29 April 2009: Letter to MfE regarding the disestablishment of the Bioethics Council
  3. 4 April 2009: Letter to Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, regarding GE in New Zealand
  4. 27 March 2009: OIA to ERMA regarding Status of the Methodology and GMO outdoor applications
  5. 17 March 2009: OIA to ERMA regarding ERMA decision making
  6. 10 January 2009: Letter to ERMA regarding the review of the HSNO Methodology
  7. 31 October 2008: OIA to CCMAU regarding Crown Research Institutes
  8. 31 October 2008: OIA to FRST regarding funding of CRIs
  9. 31 October 2008: OIA to MoRST regarding FRST funding

We have received the following replies:

  1. 29 June 2009: ERMA – response to OIA regarding previous Fees and Charges consultation.
  2. 24 June 2009: Hon Nick Smith response to OIA regarding the disestablishment of the Bioethics Council
  3. 4 May 2009: Hon Dr Nick Smith response to letter regarding GE in New Zealand
  4. 4 May 2009: MfE – response to OIA regarding the disestablishment of the Bioethics Council
  5. 8 April 2009: ERMA – response to OIA regarding Status of the Methodology and GMO outdoor applications
  6. 2 April 2009: ERMA – response to OIA regarding ERMA decision making
  7. 17 March 2009: MAF Biosecurity – response to OIA regarding GM Brassica breach report
  8. 9 February 2009: FRST – response to OIA regarding Agresearch’s transgenic livestock programme
  9. 5 February 2009:Acknowledgement of our 10 January letter
  10. 23 December 2008: AgResearch – response regarding FRST funding
  11. 3 December 2008: CCMAU – response regarding AgResearch’s strategy and preformance
  12. 10 November 2008: FRST – regarding transgenic livestock funding
  13. 28 November 2008: FRST – regarding transfere of OIA to AgResearch
  14. 28 November 2008: MoRST – regarding funding table update

Correspondence for the 2008 GM Reports

When completing The History of GM in New Zealand (2008) and The Review of the 49 Recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification (2008), we sent various Official Information Act requests to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) to which we received the following replies.

  1. 3 March 2008: ERMA – response regarding clarification of figures.
  2. 20 February 2008: ERMA – comments on draft paper as it relates to ERMA – details available on request
  3. 4 February 2008: ERMA – response regarding GM application and organism approvals in the 2005/06 financial year
  4. 24 January 2008: ERMA – response regarding GM application and organism approvals in the 2006/07 financial year – details available on request
  5. 22 January 2008: ERMA – response regarding GM application and organism approvals in the 2006/07 financial year – details available on request
  6. 13 December 2007: ERMA and FoRST – combined response regarding recommendations relevant to those agencies – details available on request
  7. 6 December 2007: ERMA – response regarding GM application and organism approvals in the 2006/07 financial year – details available on request
  8. 28 November 2007: ERMA – Official Information Act request reply regarding the GM moratorium
  9. 4 July 2007: ERMA – Official Information Act request reply regarding numbers of GMO approvals and active indoor experiments
  10. 13 March 2007: ERMA – Official Information Act request reply regarding GM outdoor experiments and cost to applicants

When completing the first two GM Reports, we also sent various Official Information Act requests to other government organisations to which we received the following replies.

  1. March 2008: MfE: Bioethics Council Review Report (May 2006) – details available on request
  2. 21 December 2007: MED – response regarding Recommendation 10.5: Intellectual Property
  3. 3 December 2007: NZFSA – response regarding Recommendation 8.1 – details available on request
  4. 12 December 2007: MAF – response regarding Coexistence Recommendations
  5. 25 October 2007: MAF Biosecurity – Official Information Act request reply regarding containment facilities and audits
  6. 3 April 2007: FoRST – Official Information Act request reply regarding Funding Research Portfolios
  7. 23 November 2006-18 January 2007: MfE – email correspondence regarding the overall cost of producing the RCGM report – details available on request

We sent the following official information requests regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding.

  1. 28 November 2006: FoRST – regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding
  2. 20 December 2006: ERMA – regarding GM outdoor experiments, cost to applicants and funding
  3. 20 December 2006; Attachment SCION – regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding
  4. 20 December 2006; Attachment AgResearch – regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding
  5. 20 December 2006; Attachment Crop and Food – regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding
  6. 20 December 2006: MAF – regarding security breaches of GM corn

We received the following replies regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding.

  1. 26 April 2007: Scion – email correspondence regarding outdoor experiments and funding – details available on request
  2. 21 December 2006: FoRST – email regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding
  3. 5 March 2007: AgResearch – regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding
  4. 23 February 2007: FoRST – regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding
  5. 9 February 2007: ERMA – regarding GM outdoor experiments, cost to applicants and funding
  6. 5 February 2007: MAF Biosecurity NZ – regarding security breaches of GM corn
  7. 12 January 2007: Crop and Food – regarding GM outdoor experiments and funding

In the first stage of this project we sent out letters to government agencies asking questions about each of the recommendations. The letters (25 August 2006) and questions (attachments) are listed below.

  1. 25 August 2006; Attachment Toi te Taiao: The Bioethics Council
  2. 25 August 2006; Attachment Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  3. 25 August 2006; Attachment ERMA & FoRST
  4. 25 August 2006; Attachment Human Rights Commission
  5. 25 August 2006; Attachment Intellectual Properties Office
  6. 25 August 2006; Attachment Medsafe
  7. 25 August 2006; Attachment MoRST
  8. 25 August 2006; Attachment NZFSA
  9. 25 August 2006; Attachment Waitangi Tribunal
  10. 25 August 2006; Attachment MED
  11. 25 August 2006; Attachment MfE
  12. 25 August 2006; Attachment MoH

We received the following replies to this first letter. Most of the agencies teamed up and replied via the Ministry for the Environment.

  1. 1 November 2006: MfE
  2. 6 October 2006: Human Rights Commission – also via MfE
  3. 26 September 2006: MoH – also via MfE
  4. 20 September 2006: MED – also via MfE
  5. 15 September 2006: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – also via MfE
  6. 13 September 2006: ERMA – also via MfE
  7. September 2006: Medsafe – also via MfE
  8. FoRST – reply sent via MfE
  9. Intellectual Properties Office – reply sent via MfE
  10. MoRST – reply sent via MfE
  11. NZFSA – reply sent via MfE
  12. Waitangi Tribunal – reply sent via MfE
  13. Toi te Taiao: The Bioethics Council – reply sent via MfE

List of Formal contacts.