In September 2004, the Council formally decided that no Genetic Engineering field trials would be approved for the Queenstown Lakes District.
There were many reasons for this decision. First of all the Council is committed to looking after our outstanding natural environment and also protecting the economic stability of the growing wine and tourism industry.
The Council wants to make sure the community is well informed on the issues of Genetic Engineering, and has gathered a number of resources if you’re interested in learning more.
New Zealand Website Resources
GE Free New Zealand
Latest news and a good representation of the GE free position in New Zealand. www.gefree.org.nz
Ministry for the Environment
The central government approach to Genetic Engineering. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/organisms/index.html
Greenpeace GE food guide
A guide to GE free shopping at New Zealand supermarkets http://www.gefreefood.org.nz