Submissions and Correspondence

As part of our belief in the importance of being transparent, we have listed below McGuinness and Associates’ submissions and correspondence (from 1996) and Sustainable Future’s correspondence (from 1996 to 2006) relating to genetic modification.

Submissions to Local Government 

Submissions to ERMA on Policy

  • Submission 2011/01: Application A1042 – Food derived from herbicide-tolerant Corn line DAS-40278-9
  • 29 May 2009 – Sustainable Future, Submission on revision of ERMA’s Fees and Charges Schedule
  • 8 December 2008 – Sustainable Future, Submission on proposed changes to the Methodology
  • 15 August 2008 – Sustainable Future, Submission on proposed new regulations for the management of genetically modified crops. See Consultation Document here.
  • 25 July 2005 – McGuinness, Submission on ‘Discussion and Background Papers: Consideration of Ethical issues in HSNO Act processes’
  • 14 May 2002 – McGuinness, letter to the Hon. Marian Hobbs regarding HSNO-ERMA Risk Management Process
  • May 2002 – McGuinness, Review of the HSNO (Methodology) Order 1998 and the ERMA Consultation document dated 18 March 2002. [Note: This paper was initially treated as confidential, but in the interests of providing a historical record of past events, it is now a public document.]

Submissions to ERMA on Outdoor Applications

All applications are sorted according to the number assigned by ERMA. (*) Please note that some items with this symbol were on the ERMA website, but have subsequently been removed, so for completeness they have been added here.

  1. ERMA200479 GM Pines (Submitted October 2010)
  1. ERMA200223 Transgenic Animals (Submitted December 2009)
  1. GMF07001, GMC07012, GMD07074, GMD08012 – AgResearch – Transgenic Animals (Submitted October 2008)
  1. GMF GMF06001 – Crop and Food – GM Brassicas (Decision 2007)
  1. GMF03001 – Crop & Food – Onions (Decision 2003)
  1. GMD02028 – AgResearch – Cows (Decision 2002) Refer MAdGE v Minister for the Environment – 7 July 2003
  1. GMD01194 – AgResearch – Cows (Withdrawn – replaced by GMD02028)
  1. GMF99005 – Forest Research Institute – Pinus Radiata and Norway Spruce (Decision 2000)
  • McGuinness Submission – 30 August 2000
  1. GMF99004 – AgResearch – Sheep (Decision 2000)
  • McGuinness Additional Information – 8 September 2000, letter to Kevin Currie
  • McGuinness Submission – 16 February 2000
  1. (*) GMF99003 – Monsanto New Zealand Ltd – Roundup Ready Wheat (Withdrawn)
  • (*) To field test, in the Canterbury region, genetically modified, Roundup Ready Wheat, as a part of an international development programme to evaluate wheat varieties that have been genetically modified to tolerate the herbicide Roundup. Total number of submissions 1411
  • ERMA’S ‘The Bulletin’, Issue 11 – 21 September-1 November 1999
  • (*) Application Executive Summary – 28 July 1999
  • (*) Full Application for Approval to Field Test (including large scale fermentation) in Containment any Genetically Modified Organism – 28 July 1999
  1. GMF99001 – Forest Research Institute – Pinus Radiata (Decision 2000)
  • McGuinness Submission – 30 August 2000
  1. GMF98009 – AgResearch – Cows (Decision 2001)
  • AgResearch – NOW issue 6 – The Biotechnology Wave – March 2006
  • Annual Report to ERMA by Peter Moore, Operator AgResearch Ruakura Farm Containment Facility- 20 December 2001
  • McGuinness, letter to Andrea Houlihan – 27 April 1999
  1. GMF98009 – AgResearch – Cows (Decision 1999) Bleakley v ERMA – May 2001
  2. GMF98001 – PPL Therapeutics NZ Ltd – Sheep (Decision March 1999) Taken over by Whakamaru Farms Ltd
  • Refer McGuinness, History of PPL Therapeutics, AgResearch, Bayer and ERMA – as at June 2003
  1. (*) GMR98001 – Monsanto – Canola (Brassica napus L.) (Withdrawn)
  • (*) To import for release canola (Brassica napus L.) genetically modified for resistance to Roundup herbicide, for the purposes of seed multiplication and export of grain and to allow breeding of specific brassica crops for animal forage in New Zealand. Note: This application did not get beyond the ‘pre-application phase’.
  • McGuinness submissions specific to applications are contained on the Outdoor Genetic Modification Experiments (from 1998). See Report 16.

Royal Commission

  • June 2001 – McGuinness, Discussion Paper, Implications of the High Court Decision: Bleakley v ERMA (prepared but not considered by the Royal Commission)
  • December 2000 – McGuinness, Submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Genetic Modification – A report on the identification and assessment of strategic options
  • December 2000 – Royal Commission, letter to Wendy McGuinness regarding Bleakley v ERMA judgement
  • 24 November 2000 – Walter Williams & Co on behalf of Wendy McGuinness, request to consider results of Bleakley v ERMA judgement
  • 2000 – Ministry for the Environment Submission to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification
  • November 2000 – BERL Report: Miro Foundation Trust Review of Economic Modelling of Biotechnology Impacts

Submissions to Select Committees

  • 13 June 2003 – McGuinness, Submission to Education and Science Select Committee on New Organisms and Other Matter Bill 2003.
  • 13 June 2003 – McGuinness, Oral submission to Education and Science Select Committee on New Organisms and Other Matter Bill 2003.
  • June 2003 – Walter Williams & Co, Submission on behalf of Wendy McGuinness, ‘Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill 2001’.
  • Please request these Select Committee submissions from the editor.
  • 21 February 2002 – AgResearch Response, ‘Quantification of the commercial prejudice to AgResearch if a constraint period of two years is legislated’
  • 8 February 2002 – McGuinness, Submission to the Finance and Select Committee on the ‘Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill 2001’
  • 1 February 2002 – AgResearch, Submission to the Finance and Select Committee on the ‘Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill 2001’

Submissions to MAF

  • September 2002 – McGuinness Submission, ‘How “Conditional Release” may assist in achieving coexistence?’
  • June 2002 – McGuinness Submission, ‘Border Control for Genetically Modified (GM) Seeds’

Submissions to MFE

  • 15 November 2002 – McGuinness Submission, ‘Improving the Operation of the HSNO Act for the New Organisms Including Proposals in Response to Recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification’
  • 14 May 2002 – McGuinness, letter to the Hon. Marian Hobbs regarding HSNO ERMA Risk Management Process

Submissions to FRST

  • 7 September 1999 – FRST Thompson response to Wendy McGuinness on PGSF investment in research presented at ERMA hearing GME98009
  • 30 August 1999 – McGuinness letter to Steve Thompson (CEO FRST), on ERMA Hearing on Application GME98009
  • 1996 – FRST – Funding of GM Animals