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Symphony of the Soil

You can help us spread the word about 2015 being the International Year of the Soil, by linking to or embedding Symphony of the Soil on your site or clicking the share button. Help raise soil consciousness by purchasing a DVD, giving a DVD to friends, or by participating in our Educational Gift Program.

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Food Matters Aotearoa Conference and Speaking Tour February 2015

Soil & Health / Organic NZ is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Food Matters Aotearoa conference and Speaking Tour, February 2015. For programme details and to register, see

Organic family farms

As part of the International Year of Family Farming, Organic NZ is publishing profiles of organic family farms in every issue for 2014. We've selected four of these articles for you to read online - see below.

Healthy goats, healthy cheese

Alice Bulmer visits John and Jeanne van Kuyk of Aroha Organic Goat Cheese
It’s the middle of a drought – and John and Jeanne van Kuyk’s ‘girls’ couldn’t be happier ... more

It’s a vine thing

Theresa Sjoquist profiles Artisan Wines, a family vineyard that has become a hub of the Oratia community with its restaurant and weekly farmers’ market ... more

Te Koha Organics

by Bridget Freeman Rock
Shiloh, home to Te Koha Organics, is an 11-acre paradise on the outskirts of Hastings ... more

Success from the ground up

Suzanne Middleton visits Paul and Tracey Ruddenklau, who manage Kilbrannan near Te Anau, and discovers that organic farm management can be as intense and challenging as ownership ... more



Will new farming leader jeopardise NZ’s GE-free advantage?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The recent election of William Rolleston as president of Federated Farmers could mean a push towards genetic engineering (GE) in farming, warns the

Urgent action needed on obesity

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Soil & Health Association commends the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) for their policy briefing ‘Tackling Obesity’.* Obesity is a m

Organic course cuts are a move in the wrong direction

Friday, June 6, 2014

The cutting of organic courses at Lincoln University is short-sighted and a move in the wrong direction, according to the Soil & Health Associa

Court decision keeps NZ GE-free

Friday, May 23, 2014

A recent High Court decision is a victory for New Zealand consumers, farmers and foresters, says the Soil & Health Association.

Salatin farming workshop scholarship winners full of renewed purpose

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Congratulations to Hana Brightwell, Paula Mullins and Roger White, the winners of three Salatin workshop scholarships.

Organic NZ latest issue


March/April 2015

We’re celebrating super soils this issue, as we depend on the soil for our life and our health, and 2015 is the International Year of Soils. Try the 10 top tips for great soil so you can grow great veges. Discover more about the fascinating soil ecosystems beneath our feet, and learn about the healing properties of clay. The cover image is John and Colleen Brown’s eco home, which manifests their dreams in a practical and sustainable home.
Other articles include:

·         A renter's garden

·         Why a scientist switched from GE to organics

·         The amazing health benefits of turmeric

·         Life in the post-antibiotic era

·         Unbakery Café’s hazelnut chocolate mousse recipe

PLUS: the ever-popular moon calendar, prizes, competitions and more… see full contents


Soil & Health in GE court case

Kia ora to all members!

Thank you! What incredible generosity Soil & Health members and supporters around New Zealand have shown in our recent appeal. We have received fantastic financial and moral support from hundreds of people in our defence of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s precautionary approach to genetic engineering.


GE court case at Mount Maunganui

The Environment Court case, Scion versus Bay of Plenty Regional Council, was heard on 28-29 November 2013. Thank you to everyone who came and showed support for Soil & Health, the other interested parties, and the Council.

Soil & Health presented a strong and professional case. The court has reserved its decision. We will keep you updated when we have further information.

Also check out GE Free Bay of Plenty’s Facebook page for information:



In 2011 Soil & Health and several other parties filed submissions supporting the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s precautionary approach to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in its proposed Regional Policy Statement. Scion (the publicly owned NZ Forest Research Institute, which is trialling GE pine trees at Rotorua) challenged the policy in the Environment Court.

Soil & Health took the lead role among a group of Section 274 parties (parties who previously made submissions). The others are: GE Free NZ, GE Free Northland, John Sanderson, and former BOP regional councillor Karen Summerhays.

The case may well be precedent-setting and have an impact around New Zealand. Other local bodies (in Auckland, Northland and Hastings) have, or are looking at, prohibitive or precautionary policies on GMOs. But Environment Minister Amy Adams has signalled the government may take away local bodies’ right to determine their own policies on GMOs.


Thank you for your donations! Further donations welcome

·       Thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal so far! We couldn't have done it without you. Further donations are welcome, and can be made via or by cheque to PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626.

·       Soil & Health’s original submission can be seen at


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