Our Structure and Purpose

OANZ is a federation of organisations with a common interest in healthy food, healthy people and a healthy environment. We represent:

  • organic primary producer organisations

  • other primary producer organisations that include organic producers

  • Maori organic farming organisations

  • organic processers and manufacturers

  • organic traders, exporters and retailers

  • organic consumers and home gardeners

  • national peak bodies with organic interests

  • businesses with organic connections

OANZ is governed by a board made up of representatives of its constituent groups.

Our Chair is Doug Voss (organic kiwifruit grower, Chair of Certified Organic Kiwifruit Growers Association) and our Vice-Chair is Donald Nordeng, Chief Executive Officer of BioGro.

Our board members are:

  • Barbara Harford (Director, OrganicFarmNZ)

  • Nicolas Brown (Organic Winegrowers New Zealand)

  • Richard Lees (Chief Operating Officer, Huckleberry Farms)

  • Mark Levick (OrganicFarmNZ)

  • Non-executive Treasurer, Victor Grbic (OrganicFarmNZ)

Our Chief Executive Officer is Brendan Hoare, Managing Director of trade, advisory and marketing firm, Buy Pure New Zealand. Brendan is a long-time organic practitioner, educator and advocate.


Our primary purpose is to develop and advocate for pro-organic policies to decision-makers at central and local government level.