Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Nov/Dec 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

3 min.
kia ora koutou

There is definitely the celebration of spring in the air. Our most recent National Council meeting happened in Christchurch at the end of September. We saw the amazing display of the flowering cherry trees that border Hagley Park and the drifts of daffodils throughout the city – quite a contrast to other areas where there is still so much work to be done. Some councillors enjoyed the wonderful manaakitanga of Jade Temepara at Kakano Cafe and Cookery School; and just down the road were the productive gardens of Bailey and crew at Cultivate Christchurch. National Council welcomed local guests to our strategic planning session: Bob Crowder, Bailey Peryman, Nicky O’Sullivan (new Chair for S&H Canterbury), Dr Elvira Domisse (past National Council member) and Steffan Browning (MP, past National Council member, previous spokesperson…

3 min.
the future of organics

By the time this magazine is in your hands, I will have handed editorial responsibility back to Philippa Jamieson, who is already at work on the next issue. I’m glad to have had this opportunity to contribute a little to this long-standing publication. I’ll be very glad to now get outside onto my land and pay attention to my neglected family (including Diogenes, right). While so very busy with the magazine, I’ve been noticing how much time I spend sourcing, managing and preparing food. Our meals are simple but rely on ingredients prepared from scratch. There’s the weekly raw milk collection and yoghurt making and the daily rhythm of making kefirs, the six-weekly co-op order of dry goods and the occasional orders of grains and flour direct from the farm. The…

6 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746. WINNING LETTER ETHICAL KIWISAVER OPTIONS I’m sure there must be many people in the same predicament I am. I would like to invest in Kiwisaver as a way of saving for retirement. At present I don’t have a Kiwisaver account as I cannot find a scheme that matches my beliefs about the environment and organics. The best scheme available seems to be the Booster ethical investment fund. However it still invests in pharmaceutical companies, a company involved in mining and making and selling explosives, and a company that sells gas to fracking companies. Is this really the best New Zealand can do? If I don’t join Kiwisaver, my employer will not be obliged to contribute to any other form of savings and I won’t get any…

2 min.
be in to win!

Thunderpants Win a pair of women’s Thunderpants, sure to become your favourite pair of undies. They’re made right here in New Zealand from organic cotton and built to last—the magic formula includes a touch of spandex in the fabric, deft cutting and great design. There’s no elastic to give out and no annoying ride up. The company is top rated by ethical fashion app Good On You. By ‘nagging’ their fabric supplier, Thunderpants fabric will also be fair trade certified from next year. And did we mention they look as great as they feel? When entering, indicate your preferred style, design and print: check out the website for details. Ten chances to win! www.thunderpants.co.nz True Holistic Beauty Enter to win one of two True skin health collections. True offers a minimalist range of highly concentrated, quality…

12 min.

Urban farms in Christchurch: developing land, people and community The founders of a Christchurch urban farming network initially auspiced by the Soil & Health Association Canterbury branch are finalists in the Gardena Gardener of the Year competition. The Cultivate Christchurch project began in 2015, when Bailey Peryman and Fiona Stewart saw the opportunity to develop gardens on red-zoned land. Cultivate provides fresh organic produce and meaningful work experience for young people and the larger community. A 3000m2 site in Peterborough is the first of many community supported agricultural spaces Cultivate are planning. A second site has been acquired in Halswell and they are working on a third. Farm produce is sold to restaurants and cafes which share similar values and given to crew and project participants. Cultivate also donates to the City Mission. The crew…

12 min.
an organic future ways to get there part 1

The organic sector isn’t as big as the official strategy projected, but it’s become increasingly diverse. Small, mixed family farms are still here; and so are multi-national supermarket chains and monocultural exporters. There are successes to celebrate and also tensions to acknowledge as we look at the state of the (organic) nation in 2016. If you don’t live in an affluent bigcity suburb, you might be surprised to learn that supermarkets dominate retail sales of organic produce. Five New World supermarkets in Auckland for instance are certified organic retailers and processors. Countdown offers more than 500 organic products, including 40 under its own Macro brand. Supermarkets collectively sold $167m worth of organic products in 2015 (up 27 per cent since 2012) — compared to $25m sold through speciality organic shops. (Figures…