A new board and new possibilities for the organic sector have come from the 2016 OANZ Annual General Meeting, held in Auckland on 15 July.
A key development of the meeting, described by OANZ Chief Executive Brendan Hoare as a "resounding success", was a rule change opening OANZ membership to organisations with some organic connections.
A national voice for organics
Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) represents the interests of the New Zealand organic sector.
Member organisations include organic consumers and gardeners, Māori organic producers, the producers and processors of organic wine, juice and beer, meat, dairy, wool, fruit, vegetables, honey, herbal and personal care products, plus exporters and domestic traders in organic products.
Research shows that organic agriculture systems are much better than non-organic systems at conserving soil and water, protecting wildlife and ecosystems, and reducing pollution from farming.
Increasing the amount of land under organic management is a vital step towards ensuring a healthy natural environment now and forever.