Genetic Modification

The aim of the project is to monitor developments in genetic modification and related policy both in New Zealand and overseas to examine whether our regulatory scheme is fit for purpose.


Recent event

The governance of Genetically Modified Organisms in New Zealand
As part of a research-based learning project, a team at Victoria University hosted two collaborative event for students and guests to explore policy recommendations for the regulation of genetically modified trees on Wednesday, 10 and 17 May 2017. Wendy McGuinness was invited to speak about the Institute’s work on genetic modification in Report 16 – An Overview of Genetic Modification in New Zealand 1973–2013: The first forty years and Think Piece 6 – While AgResearch Fiddled. This event was invitation only.


 Enquiries
If you have any questions in regard to this project, please email geneticmodification@mcguinnessinstitute.org.


Publications
Below is a list of our recent publications:
Report 16 (Project 2058) – Executive Summary: An Overview of Genetic Modification in New Zealand 1973-2013: The first forty years (September 2013)
Report 16 (Project 2058) – Full Report: An Overview of Genetic Modification in New Zealand 1973-2013: The first forty years (September 2013)
Report 16 (Project 2058) – Appendices: An Overview of Genetic Modification in New Zealand 1973-2013: The first forty years (September 2013)
• In Focus: Genetically Modified Forages – an update on the current status of genetically modified forages in New Zealand (July 2010)
• In Focus: Transgenic Livestock Programme – an update on the current status of AgResearch’s transgenic livestock programme (May 2010)
Think Piece 6: An opinion piece on the strategic direction of Genetic Modification in New Zealand, timed to provide additional information on applications by AgResearch (October 2008)
Report Project Genetic Modification: The Review of the Forty-nine Recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification (April 2008). See press releases.
Report Project Genetic Modification: The History of Genetic Modification in New Zealand (April 2008)


Report 16 Feedback

As a result of the feedback dated 9 September 2013, we provided clarity to Section 7.2.1: Managing the return on the public’s investment by restructuring the section. We believe (and hope) this allows the reader to better understand the complexity of investment decisions. For those interested we have provided the original Section 7.2.1 (dated 29 August 2013) alongside the revised Section 7.2.1 (dated 11 September). The full Report 16 can be downloaded here.

Original Section 7.2.1
Revised Section 7.2.1


Methodology
The 2001 Royal Commission on Genetic Modification was created to explore the landscape and propose a way forward for Government. A great deal of public money and time was spent negotiating this issue. The Institute’s first piece of extensive work led to two reports in 2008 that reviewed the Royal Commission’s proposals against what was delivered seven years later. The second piece of extensive work was a 2013 report that documented an overview of genetic modification in New Zealand between 1973 to 2013. The Sustainability Council also maintains a strong interest in this area and is well worth visiting.


Correspondence


Government Response


Submissions