Environmental Risk Management Authority
The Environmental Risk Management Authority or ERMA regulates new organisms and hazardous substances in New Zealand.
ERMA consists of two parts: the authority, which makes decisions on applications, and the agency, which gathers and collates information on environmental issues from experts and the wider community.
In this video conference, secondary school students found out more about ERMA’s role in protecting the environment, from Dr Val Orchard and Dr Manuka Henare, who are both members of the Authority. Five secondary schools were involved including students from:
- Forest View High School
- Solway College
- Tauhara College
- Taratahi Agriculture Centre, Stratford High School
- Te Aroha College
- Turakina Māori Girls College.
Find out more about ERMA’s role in protecting the environment, regulating new and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and hazardous substances.
Val Orchard and Manuka Henare are both members of the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA). Here they explain what ERMA does and why it is an exciting organisation to be part of.
Manuka Henare and Val Orchard explain why it is so important that ERMA monitors and controls new organisms.
Val Orchard explains what considerations ERMA take into account when deciding upon applications to bring in new organisms to New Zealand.
Manuka Henare and Val Orchard explain what a new organism is and give examples of some of the organisms ERMA has permitted to come into New Zealand.
Val Orchard and Manuka Henare give examples of genetically modified organisms and describe how ERMA closely regulates their presence in New Zealand.
Val Orchard from ERMA explains how new organisms are sometimes used in New Zealand to control the levels of other organisms.
Manuka Henare and Val Orchard from ERMA discuss some of the different views of genetically modified (GM) food in New Zealand.
Val Orchard and Manuka Henare from ERMA give examples of genetically modified medicines and describe how these medicines have changed some people’s views about genetic modification.