Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Mar/April 2017

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

3 min.
kia ora koutou!

Sadly early this year we lost one of our great mentors and staunch supporters, Percy Tipene. Leading the organic sector delegation to the M?ori Party late last year was one of Percy’s last unconditional acts. It was Percy’s mana that enabled us to have a face-to-face meeting with co-leader Marama Fox to discuss our deep concerns about the M?ori Party’s support of Minister Nick Smith’s RMA changes and in particular clause 360D, which would remove the rights of local authorities to determine GE policies in their own areas. The BioGro Society has folded seamlessly into the Soil & Health Association and now Soil & Health is the owner of BioGro Ltd. This was a major piece of work for National Council in 2016 and we look forward to the fruits and…

3 min.
the power of nature

Got your emergency kit ready? As I write, fires are still burning in a massive area of the Port Hills near Christchurch, and about 1000 residents have been evacuated. There are warnings about the possibility of heavy rainfall triggering slips and dam bursts in the Kaikoura area, where land is unstable as a consequence of the November earthquakes. Meanwhile Northland has been suffering its fifth drought in eight years, which is taking its toll on farmers and growers – only then to be deluged with heavy rain which caused flooding and slips in parts of Northland and Auckland. No matter where we are, we cannot take nature for granted, and with an increasingly unpredictable climate we need to be prepared for the unexpected. Nature is bigger than all of us, and at…

9 min.
your letters

WINNING LETTER LAND OWNERSHIP: THE WEAK LINK IN SUSTAINABILITY Organics has done a lot of good BUT now it is time to do a lot more to have the next level of organics and sustainability happening. The definition of sustainability is ‘the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting longterm ecological balance’. It is the word ‘long-term’ that we need to pay attention to. Because land is now a commodity that is more often than not sold to the highest bidder, how can sustainability happen? Where is the long-term ecological balance when we sell land for the highest price? How does that sit with not being harmful to the environment? Instead of going for private land ownership, would going for stewardship and conscious succession plans not be…

2 min.

Be in to win! Organic pillowcases from Vida Textiles Five lucky readers will each win a set of organic pillowcases from the Sleepfrog range of organic bedding from Vida Textiles. The fabric is certified organic by GOTS and the sewing is done right here in New Zealand. The thread count is a lovely soft 285 (per cm sq). Vida is based in Wellington and offers stylish and beautiful hand-printed hemp and organic cotton fabrics and hand-woven coloured textiles. They specialise in fairtrade and sustainably produced fabric and bedding. We can’t think of anything nicer to lay our heads on! www.vidatextiles.co.nz Crafty Gatherer We have two prizes on offer from the Crafty Gatherer: a T-handled broadfork (valued at $200) and a set of seed saving screens (valued at $169). Broadforks are like a garden fork but…

10 min.
a tribute to percy tipene

Kia koe e Percy, kua hoki koe ki a Papatu?nuku nau nei ia i mirimiri kua mau e m?tauranga i o tauira kei a r?tou te w? hei tiaki ia Papatu?nuku. A tribute to Percy’s ability to instil his view of Papatu?nuku, and the dissemination of his knowledge to willing and eager students to continue his legacy. If you ever had the privilege of spending any time with the late Iwipuihi Percy Tipene (Ng?ti Hine, Ng? Puhi) then you would have been entertained with some quirky jokes about vegetarian cows and exposed to simple language that had deep traditional meaning. An examp balance), te ao hurihuri (the everchanging environment) and the essence of hua parakore to the kaupapa of the day, we held on to his every word and laughed at ourselves…

8 min.
pacific women get down to business

Ana Epati picks mint and ties it into bundles. Then she clips tree spinach and the last of the season’s passionfruit from the vine. She gently places it all into a basket woven from fresh coconut fronds. Then hand-in-hand with her daughter Mel, the youngest of her seven children, she walks to the main road of Faleasiu village and flags down a bus heading into Apia. Forty minutes later she joins the rest of the Organic Farm To Table farmers as they get their produce graded and collect their pay from last week’s orders. On Friday evenings, the farmers will gather again at Women in Business’s twilight market in town to sell fresh produce as well as traditional-style cooked food. Ana is one of 667 certified organic farmers that are under…