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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.

Healthy food policies needed to combat obesity

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Soil & Health Association strongly endorses the proposals of Dr Gabrielle Jenkin and other researchers urging the government to take action

Court decision empowers local body protection against GMO risks

Monday, February 10, 2014

As people around New Zealand are preparing submissions to their local authorities, the Soil & Health Association is pleased that a recent Envir

Landmark court case on GE

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

One of the world’s oldest organic organisations is going to court to support caution on genetic engineering.

Organic practices will improve water quality

Monday, November 25, 2013

A shift towards organic farming practices and diversification is needed to protect and enhance our waterways and our economy, says the Soil & H

NZ must retain GE-free advantage

Friday, November 22, 2013

It is disappointing that Federated Farmers is opposing council caution around genetically engineered organisms, according to the Soil & Health

Organic NZ latest issue


September/October 2014

Spring is in the air and it’s time to plant our gardens! This issue features articles to inspire beginner gardeners – and those more seasoned, with four steps to perfect food, planting tips, and how to feed your veges.

Also included:

  • Empowering young growers
  • Who's eating your apples? Dealing with codling moth
  • Natural hay fever remedies
  • Fermented foods - great for gut health
  • The many uses of apple cider vinegar
  • Make your own green cleaners
  • Profiles of kiwifruit growers the Brawns, and Hohepa Clive Farm
  • Turning waste into nutrients with a composting toilet filtering system

PLUS: the ever-popular moon calendar, prizes, recipes, 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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