Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ May/June 2016

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.

New Zealand
Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a blossoming future for organics

We are really excited by the prospect of BioGro Society merging with Soil & Health. It has created a great deal of discussion and collaboration, along with a supportive environment for the future – a future focused on sharing the benefits of organics with a much wider circle, a future of providing the best support we can muster for our organic community. This is one of many good organic stories happening around New Zealand. Another good news story was the recent launch of the OANZ 2016 Organic Market Report, where we heard about the consistent growth and demand for organic produce. Within the sector many know this already, along with the challenges organics faces. So we would really like to acknowledge the foresight and determination of people, past and present, who have…

1 min.
our people

Kathrina Muller Kathrina Muller, a member of Soil & Health’s Auckland branch, grew up in a family with a tradition of growing and processing their own food. In suburban Auckland, Kathrina and her partner Phil have developed a food forest with fruit, vegetables and herbs, including subtropical and unusual varieties, and a hen run. The garden has been expanded to the verges to educate passers-by that they can grow their own fruit. Kathrina strives for a strong, diverse soil–food web to build fertility and store carbon in the soil. She is chairperson of Auckland Seedsavers, on the committee of Auckland Tree Crops, and is involved in the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Her paid work is as a quarantine officer for the Ministry for Primary Industries. David Whyte Although David gained a Bachelors in…

3 min.
of water, wool and weddings

As Organic NZ went to print, the controversial Ruataniwha Dam was still up in the air, with costs having increased to over $900 million (from $600 million), and no doubt the final costs would be higher again. Backers have failed to attract anywhere near sufficient interest in the water scheme from farmers, horticulturists and investors, and are trying to get most of the money needed from the public purse: from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the government’s irrigation fund, and ACC is reportedly considering investing in it, but has neither confirmed nor denied this. Why would ACC have any interest in this? Previous potential investors have pulled out, and several deadlines have come and gone. Even without the backdrop of the current dairy downturn, the dam’s economics don’t seem to stack…

13 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746. WINNING LETTER RAW MILK REGULATIONS One of the things I love about New Zealand and moving to Palmerston North (yes there are things to love about Palmerston North!) is the availability of pure, fresh, organic raw milk and cream from eccentric, high integrity farmers Daniel and Jenny from Gorge Fresh Organics, and Mike Chapman from Wind River Organics, both of whom farm just down the road from me. Raw milk is a privilege that has been taken away from Australians and it has been such a joy to be able to source such a life-giving product from these two farmers. It was with a strong kick to the gut therefore, that I received word via an email from Daniel and Jenny that they would no…

2 min.

Be in to win! Belle Bird Balm prize packs We have three prize packs to offer thanks to Megan from Belle Bird Balms: 1) Vanilla Balm, Bliss Balm and Baby Organic Balm pack, 2) Paws and Co Animal Balm, Vanilla Balm and Bliss Balm and 3) two face oils and a beard oil. Belle Bird Balms are made from a base of organic coconut and sesame oils, and set in a moisture-locking emollient of organic New Zealand beeswax. Each has its own special blend of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils with healing, restorative and moisturising properties. They make your skin feel and smell divine. Belle Bird Balms are lovingly made in small batches in New Zealand’s iconic Piha. www.bellebirdbalms.co.nz Greencane paper products Be in to win one of six mixed cartons of paper products from the friendly folks…

10 min.

Pivotal opportunity to grow organics Soil & Health and BioGro merger A refreshed vision and purpose, and prioritising of campaigns for a revitalised Soil & Health have arisen from the merger discussions between Soil & Health and BioGro Society (which owns BioGro NZ Ltd, the certification agency). These are summarised in the infographic on the facing page. 1. The Vision – an organic New Zealand – is clear and simple. 2. The Purpose is inclusive of all the members of both organisations, and articulates the integrity, sustainability and fairness that are so important to Soil & Health and BioGro Society. 3. Campaigns: To grow organics in New Zealand, we need to be savvy and focused in how we operate, build on our strengths, work together in collaborative ways, and engage with ever-growing numbers of people.…