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Organic NZ May - June 2020

Organic NZ is filled with info to live a healthier lifestyle - for you and the planet! Published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, working since 1941 for sustainable organic agricultural and good health. Topics range from home garden to large-scale success stories; eco-building; urban organics; genetic engineering & chemical issues; food matters & natural health.

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Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from crisis to opportunity

A very warm welcome to Pete Huggins, the new general manager of the Soil & Health Association. Pete has been working as communications and strategy director in the Green Party leaders’ office. He has a background in fundraising, database management, marketing and management and he has hit the ground running – which is quite a feat when we are all in covid-19 lockdown! His first task was to guide the team through the reality that we would be unable to produce the May/June paper version of Organic NZ. I would also like to welcome Barbara Collis who has been co-opted on to the National Council. She has a background in law and farming – great combination. I write this during the third week of the lockdown and, like so many others, I…

1 min.
our people

Welcome, Pete Huggins Kia ora! It’s an exciting but challenging time to be joining the Soil & Health Association and Organic NZ magazine. The covid-19 virus is having a huge impact on growers, distributors, retailers and consumers of organic produce. We’ve also had to move our magazine to a digital-only issue this time around; we hope you like it! Thanks to the amazing editorial, advertising and admin team at Organic NZ we’ve made this happen on time for all our readers and members. I’m joining the team after a long career in the public service working in conservation, Treaty of Waitangi settlements and most recently politics. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about Soil & Health and working to grow and build its success. A lot of change is being thrust…

3 min.
creating a new paradigm

The world has turned upside down with the declaration of the covid-19 pandemic, and the restrictions imposed to reduce the spread of the virus. For the first time in the 78-year publishing history of Organic NZ and our forerunner publications, we have been unable to print the magazine due to the government lockdown, much as we would like to think Organic NZ is essential. This issue is therefore digital only. As a gesture of goodwill, we have made it freely available for everyone. Subscribers (members) will have received an email with a link to the magazine – as long as we had your current email address. We are also extending all subscriptions by an additional issue to make up for the disruption. Our apologies to those members who have difficult or no internet…

1 min.
competitions be in to win!

Trade Aid organic chocolate packs Win one of these four Trade Aid chocolate packs, including a brand new flavour, Milk Hazelnut Organic Chocolate! This enticing combination of creamy milk chocolate and crunchy roasted New Zealand hazelnuts is fresh from the Trade Aid chocolate factory in Christchurch, and made with the finest organic cocoa from Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Peru, and organic sugar from Paraguay. Others in the pack include Dark Raspberry and Mint Crisp, and all bars are wrapped in home-compostable packaging. Trade Aid has built personal relationships with cocoa and sugar farmers over many years, ensuring the quality of their ingredients and fair returns for their labour. Direct, fair trade partnerships enable businesses, communities and lives to thrive. tradeaid.org.nz IncaFé organic coffee When you gift a subscription to Organic NZ, you go in the draw…

1 min.
book review

A Natural Year Living Simply Through the Seasons Wendyl Nissen (Allen & Unwin, 2020) Reviewed by Philippa Jamieson Here’s another gem from high-flying magazine editor turned Green Goddess Wendyl Nissen. In A Natural Year she writes about her (mostly) chilled out life in the Hokianga, far from the Auckland rat race. Loosely based around the four seasons, the book is a patchwork quilt of laugh-out-loud anecdotes, post-menopausal wisdom, dozens of recipes and tips for foraging, gardening and daily green living. There’s everything in here from microplastics, to chooks, to food intolerance and nutrition, through to great comeback lines to climate change deniers. You can dip in and pick out what appeals to you, or immerse yourself in the whole thing. The recipes are mostly simple but sound delicious, like feijoa chutney, preserved lemons, rosehip syrup and pipi…

6 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. WINNING LETTER INCENTIVES TO GO ORGANIC It seems to me the future lies in the hands of the leadership of the organic movement, in particular the Soil & Health leadership with its rich and compassionate history. With the government talking major infrastructure projects post pandemic, now is the time to demand tax incentives and a subsidy programme for conversion to organic farming and small-scale farming and gardening, with incentives for young people to return to rural communities to work on the land. An example of where to start in cities and in new co-operative housing projects with room for gardens would be a simple traditional technique like collection of rainwater and creation of grey-water systems. The pandemic has exposed the fallacy of the so-called ‘limitless…