web analytics

Guest Post – Hawkes Bay is GE free

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, September 14th, 2015 - 26 comments
Categories: Economy, Environment, food - Tags: ,

ge free

From Open Mike

We can now declare at least one region of New Zealand GE free: Hawkes Bay.

This is after years of dogged work and really expensive District Plan hearings opposed tooth and nail by Federated Farmers, Scion the tree genetics people, and others.

The uniqueness of this victory is it’s not driven by the usual suspects. It’s driven by fruit growers who want to protect and promote the extra value they get for the privilege of being able to declare their crops GE free.

For my sins over the last week I read Margaret Attwood’s Oryx and Crake, a full-fledged gene spliced apocalyptic dystopia. Of course it pushed GE experimentation to its furthest lengths. But the message was the same: GE experimentation is wrong, it will get out of the labs, and its effects will be unstoppable and unpredictable.

A GE free New Zealand is a New Zealand whose values have been protected.

Huge ups in particular to all those who donated, drafted, advocated and sustained the effort against these massive companies to win.

Ad

Although as Jenny Kirk points out:

Well – that IS good news, Ad, But…. and there’s a huge BUT coming along – the Govt has introduced a National Environment Standard for plantation forests, and at the very last moment put in a small clause which explicity allows government agencies to overturn any attempts by local councils to prevent GMO-modified plants/trees coming into their districts.

There were 16,000 submissions opposing this small clause, but it remains to be seen whether the govt will take any notice of them.

26 comments on “Guest Post – Hawkes Bay is GE free”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    It’s driven by fruit growers who want to protect and promote the extra value they get for the privilege of being able to declare their crops GE free.

    Hopefully they’re also pushing for full organics.

  2. maui 2

    Awesome, that’s great stuff!

    The Government riding roughshod over this is similar to the issue of tree protection where local councils can’t give trees blanket protection like they used to. The council has to individually record specific trees which is just a massive waste of time and money.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      Which would be why this government did it – protecting things gets in the way of making more profit and so they’ve made it too expensive to do.

    • weka 2.2

      From what I can tell the general gist of the changes to the local bodies act a few years ago was to stop councils interfering in or being responsible for community issues 🙄

      • Ad 2.2.1

        A further set of arguments on GE District Plans provisions are occurring through the relevant provisions of the Draft Auckland Unitary Plan. Huge amounts more resource are being piled up on the pro-GE side for this hearing.

        The one to watch in this is Nick Smith as responsible Minister.
        He is not at all keen on GE free district plans.

        Minister Smith has already signalled that he will use the upcoming RMA reforms to essentially eliminate rights of appeal to this Draft Unitary Plan. He wants the Unitary Plan fully settled before the 2016 Local Body Elections, so the fresh Council can just get on with enacting it in the next three years.

  3. Allyson 3

    Have they also banned pharmaceutical products manufactured using GE plants? I’m kinda attached to Insulin these days and would still like to visit HB one day.

    • dukeofurl 3.1

      You mean the GE microbes they use these days to make insulin ?

      I dont see where they let them out into the wild or are planted amongst the apples or cherries

    • Don’t worry, if people would just use alternative medicine and eat organic food, no-one would need insulin ever again. Or something.

  4. A GE free New Zealand is a New Zealand whose values have been protected.

    New Zealand’s values are anti-science and technology? When did that happen? The values of irrationalist hippies aren’t New Zealand ones to any greater extent than in any other countries.

    For my sins over the last week I read Margaret Attwood’s Oryx and Crake, a full-fledged gene spliced apocalyptic dystopia.

    And I guess, in the early 2000s, when Atwood wrote it, gene splicing was what people thought GE meant. There’s no excuse for pretending that’s what it’s about these days.

    We can now declare at least one region of New Zealand GE free: Hawkes Bay.

    We can now declare one region of NZ dedicated to satisfying the neuroses of irrational people with more money than sense. There might be money in it, but it’s nothing to be proud of.

  5. Our farming family (farming outside Whangarei) was rapt to hear about the decision of Hastings District Council, who wisely has decided (in keeping with the wishes of local Hawke’s Bay primary producers) to ban the outdoor use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GE/GMOs). Well done HDC! All of the councils from south Auckland to Cape Reinga are also working hard to put in place a tier of much needed additional local protection (enforceable rules) against the risks of outdoor use of GMOs…on top of what the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act requires on a national level… Local Government NZ, all AUckland and Northland councils, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Hastings District Council, Nelson City Council, Marlborough District Council, mana whenua around NZ have identified serious deficiencies in the HSNO Act as regards GMOs and are taking Action to protect their farmers/ foresters and other ratepayers from the risks of outdoor use of GMOs. We are in the business of producing safe and clean, nourishing food of the highest quality, to the most discerning markets…our customers/ key markets will not tolerate even trace contamination of GE- we say Keep it natural! NO to GMOs, we don’t buy it!

  6. p.s. It is extremely offensive that the National Party (it’s Minister “for” the Environment Nick Smith and previous Minister Amy Adams) are pushing to strip local authorities of their right to protect their existing valuable GE free status. The National Party should show respect for the wishes of local communities (including existing non GM primary producers…conventional, IPM and organic) and their councils…who have identified serious deficiencies in the HSNO Act and who CAN complement the HSNO Act by using the Resource Management Act (RMA) to put in place much needed additional protections from the risks of GMOs (to our biosecurity, unique biodiversity, primary producers, the environment and the public health). Northland farmers will protect our Northland, Naturally brand…we will not tolerate risky GE experiments or releases on our patch. The HSNO Act has inadequate liability provisions and has no mandatory requirement for the EPA to take a precautionary approach to outdoor GE applications- just not good enough!

    • Ad 6.1

      Great stuff Linda.
      Totally agree about liability.
      The number of toxic waste dams, oil storage facilities, and timber treatment plants that companies fight tooth and nail to avoid paying anything in recompense, or conveniently go out of business, continues to amaze me.

      Good farmers like yourself are doing this country proud.

  7. …no mandatory requirement for the EPA to take a precautionary approach to outdoor GE applications…

    Or, to put it another way, “doesn’t expect the EPA to require people to prove a negative,” because the people who wrote the Act aren’t stupid.

    The government not only has a right to overrule councils on this, it ought to feel an obligation to. Local councils have no right to impose some ratepayers’ religious beliefs on ratepayers who don’t share those beliefs.

    • millsy 7.1

      So you think its OK for Monsanto to own exclusive rights to our crops then?

    • Ad 7.2

      I’m just guessing you don’t grow crops for a living.

      • Psycho Milt 7.2.1

        So you think its OK for Monsanto to own exclusive rights to our crops then?

        This one is millsy’s favourite, the “non sequitur.”

        I’m just guessing you don’t grow crops for a living.

        This one is a variant on “no true Scotsman,” in which it’s implied that no true crop farmer would use genetically modified organisms.

        • millsy 7.2.1.1

          Well — come on, do you?

          • Psycho Milt 7.2.1.1.1

            No. And my answer to the equally-irrelevant question of whether I think the Sex Pistols should have sacked Glen Matlock is likewise “No.” Do you have any comment that’s actually relevant to the subject at hand? (Rhetorical question – I’m aware the answer to that one is also “No”).

    • Adele 7.3

      Teenaa koe, Psycho

      “…local councils have no right to impose some ratepayers religious beliefs on ratepayers who don’t share those beliefs”.

      Great, now use that logic to argue against the payment of water and land rates. Taangata Whenua view such payments as Tithings to a Colonial God.

      Our Gods weren’t about puutea.

      • Psycho Milt 7.3.1

        Taangata Whenua view such payments as Tithings to a Colonial God.

        Some of them, sure. There’s a proportion of every ethnic group that holds bizarre, ridiculous views, as evidenced by blog comments threads every day. All the tangata whenua I know view such payments as covering the provision of stuff they use in their communities – stuff like roads, footpaths, water supply, sewerage and wastewater disposal, parks, libraries, swimming pools, sports facilities etc. I guess you’ve found common ground with the libertarians – they don’t like paying for that stuff via rates either.

        • Adele 7.3.1.1

          Teenaa koe, Psycho

          Firstly, understand what it means to be taangata whenua as opposed to being Maaori. They do not necessarily mean the same thing.

          Secondly, you will find within this country’ s history that until colonisation, there were no rates owing on Land.

          You will further find in history that rates were used to systematically strip tangata from whenua through various iterations of the Rating Powers Act.

          I am fairly sure that given the decision making ability, taangata whenua would forego paakehaa largesse in the form of roads and rubbish collection for the opportunity to return to the whenua of their belonging.

          But getting back to GMO. People can and are allowed to think with their emotions. Food has a high emotional content. Increasingly, people who have the capacity to choose are choosing not to eat cruel meat or chemically enhanced calories.

          A significant niche market that we can meet as an environmentally astute country. GMO does not fit the kaupapa.

  8. Martin Robinson 8

    Psycho Milt, you say that
    ” Local councils have no right to impose some ratepayers’ religious beliefs on ratepayers who don’t share those beliefs.”

    It’s nothing to do with religion – unless money is your God.

    Local councils are expected to set rules to reflect community aspirations and to control behaviour that is injurious to other residents’ rights.

    GMOs are living organisms that do not respect boundaries, and as a result of escape there are numerous examples of escape of GMOs that have destroyed livelihoods and neighbourhoods.

    Numerous unsuccessful approaches have been made to the Government by the Northern Councils since 2003, seeking amendments to the HSNO Act to make users of the technology liable for damages caused by the results of an ERMA / EPA approved GMOs.

    If the Government won’t help then it is up to Councils to look after their residents’ and ratepayers’ interests.

  9. It’s nothing to do with religion – unless money is your God.

    I’m not suggesting GE opponents’ God is money, I’m suggesting that the view of ‘natural’ as a moral virtue (ie, as inherently good) is a religious one, not a rational one. There’s nothing inherently good or bad about ‘natural’, or about ‘genetic engineering.’

    Local councils are expected to set rules to reflect community aspirations and to control behaviour that is injurious to other residents’ rights.

    1. Within limits. For instance, if a local community feels that homosexual acts are “behaviour that is injurious to other residents’ rights,” the government wouldn’t hesitate to prevent them making bylaws to that effect.

    2. Banning the use of legal and safe technology is “injurious to … residents’ rights.”

    • maui 9.1

      There’s nothing inherently good or bad about ‘natural’, or about ‘genetic engineering.’

      Most people treat genetically engineered products with caution, where as naturally made products are valued or prized. Welcome to “clean, green, genetically modified New Zealand” – doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago