[11 December/ Farmers Weekly]

Papers with strong recommendations on climate change, water quality and gene technology would be presented by Environment Ministry staff to incoming Environment Minister, David Parker. The papers reflected the views of the ministry, and not necessarily Government policy. The paper noted how the latest developments in genetic technology were unknown when it was included under hazardous substances and new organisms rules in 1996. The paper added that they were amended in 2003, but there had been no further work since, with the topic now on the Ministry’s agenda as an area needing revision.