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Court upholds GMO ruling – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 1st, 2016.

The High Court has upheld a ruling allowing regional councils to determine whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be banned in their areas. Federated Farmers appealed an earlier decision in the Environment Court, which granted regional councils the right to make decisions about GMOs, saying the technology should be regulated by central government. NZBIO chief […]

UPDATED: DHBs to control water fluoridation – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 13th, 2016.

The Government has announced planned legislation that will move responsibility for water fluoridation from local councils to District Health Boards. The decision comes after numerous local councils have grappled with decisions over water fluoridation, balancing expert advice and lobbying from anti-fluoridation campaigners. Previous SMC coverage of fluoride and council decisions can be found here. “Moving […]

Whakatane fluoride decision fuels Govt re-think

John Kerr posted in on February 1st, 2016.

The Whakatane District Council’s Policy Committee has voted narrowly in favour removing fluoride from the District’s public water supplies. Following last week’s decision, representatives of local and central government have weighed in on the issue of who should have the final say over community water fluoridation. The Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office […]

Dom Post: Fallen trees, blocked drains? Report it online, says web adviser

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2010.

Claire McEntee of the Dominion Post writes about advice from technology advisor Nat Torkington that web services need to be implemented to allow people to better interact with their local governments. An important part of such services would be the freeing up of local government data for use by these services, which might enable people […]

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