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Tribute to Percy Tipene

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OANZ would like to acknowledge the passing of Iwi Puihi Tipene, founding member and chairperson of  Te Waka Kai Ora (Māori Organics Aotearoa), and instigator of Hua Parakore, a verification system for mahinga kai (food and product production), based on Māori values.  Percy Tipene, who was of Ngati Hine descent, was also a founding member of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand, and a long time advocate of the organic sector, who believed in a united approach to collective issues. He is a past OANZ deputy chair. He died aged 64 and his funeral was on January 25.

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Editorial: Should organics feed the world?

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By Barbara Harford                                                   I suspect I’m not alone among organic producers in being challenged with tedious regularity about the economics of the organic sector. If it’s not family and friends over the BBQ, it’s articles in the media. Basically the argument goes: How can you justify organic production in a land-strapped world, given that organic yields are below those achieved with conventional farming?

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OANZ member profile: Lawson’s True Earth organics

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Ask the average shopper about NZ organic fruit and vege production and they’ll likely picture blueberries, kiwifruit, grapes, carrots, maybe sweetcorn or peas. But it was the humble pumpkin - more specifically the lumpy green kabocha squash - which got Hawkes Bay couple Scott Lawson and partner Vicki Meech excited about the potential of organics. It was 1992 and the Lawson family had sold some family property and bought farming land. Scott’s dad and brother moved into wine - the Te Awa vineyard which was later sold to Villa Maria. And 20-something Scott, an engineer by training, got into organic vegetables.

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WWOOF hosts not responsible for unfair labour practices, organisation says

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New Zealand’s Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) wants to work with MBIE’s Labour Inspectorate after it says it was unfairly targeted in an investigation into exploitative labour practices. The organisation says as far as it is aware, none of the businesses that MBIE accuses of “disguising employees as volunteers” are registered WWOOF hosts and the inspectorate’s clamp-down could be devastating to a sector that generates significant goodwill for New Zealand.

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Ditch the Johnnie Walker. Anchor wants Chinese to give organic milk at New Year.

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Consumers in China looking for an original gift for friends and family at Chinese New Year on January 28 need look no further - New Zealand organic milk. Earlier this month Anchor launched its first certified organic UHT milk in China.  

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MBIE has WWOOFer host companies in its sights

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New Zealand’s WWOOFer host farms and businesses  - could find themselves in trouble with the law after an investigation by MBIE’s Labour Inspectorate into conditions around volunteers working in commercial operations in exchange for accommodation. The inspectorate issued a  position statement  in early December. MBIE accuses some businesses of “disguising employees as volunteers” and specifically singles out WWOOFing.

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Māori Party meets with organic sector over concerns about RMA legislation impact on GMO bans

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The Māori Party has thrown its weight behind the call to ensure amendments to the Resource Management Act don’t allow Ministers to force genetic modified crops on regions that want to ban them. This follows a productive meeting with organic sector leaders in Wellington. Anti-GMO and other lobby groups are concerned that broad provisions in section 360D of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill could allow the Environment Minister to overrule local councils who want to stop the planting of GMO crops in their areas.

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NZ organic sector success at Taiwanese trade fair

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Seven certified organic and fair trade brands headed up to the  9th Asia Organic and LOHAS  [lifestyles of health and sustainability] Expo in Taiwan at the end of November.  The Taipei expo is one of the biggest organic trade fairs in Asia, with the 2015 event attracting 184 exhibitors from 12 countries, and 14,600 visitors. Organisers estimate more than NZ$2.5 million-worth of orders were negotiated last year. Plus: Five tips for doing business in Taiwan

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The great debate: should hydroponics be organic?

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The last couple of months has seen the debate heat up in the US over whether fruit and vegetables not grown in soil can be certified as organic.

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Organics part of the future of farming in the Golden Bay

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West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor is pushing for organics to be part of a high value farming strategy in Golden Bay. The MP, who is also Labour’s spokesperson for primary industries, biosecurity and food safety, brought together a group of around 50 farming, business and community leaders in early December to talk about the ‘Future of farming in Golden Bay’.

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China and New Zealand sign organic products mutual recognition deal

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New Zealand this month became the first country to sign a Mutual Recognition Arrangement for organic product certification with China. This means organic products with a certification via the MPI Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP) are now automatically certified in China - and vice versa. Once the agreement has been implemented - potentially by the middle of 2017 - the organic sector will no longer have to go through the expensive process of bringing Chinese certifiers to New Zealand every three months in order to be able to sell their food in China.  

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Aus GE food labelling debate: what it means for us

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Last month, we reported on the recommendation by Australia's Productivity Commission that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) drop GE food labelling. With public submissions into the Draft Report now closed, OANZ's Niki Morrell has been following its progress and investigating the ramifications for New Zealand if the Australian Government decides to act on the Commission's GE-related recommendations.  

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Meet board member Mark Levick

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Mark Levick shares his story and talks about the skills and experience he brings to the OANZ Board.

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HB farmers should embrace organics

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More Hawke’s Bay farmers should take up the proposition of organics to safeguard the region’s environment and grow its economy, says the country’s peak organic body.

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Organic seed: a growing market

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Is demand for organic seed increasing in New Zealand? OANZ's Niki Morrell asked a seed grower/seller and a seed merchant for their views on the industry.

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Meet board member Richard Lees

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Richard Lees, Chief Operating Officer of organic retailer Huckleberry, shares his vision for the organic sector and talks about the strengths he brings to the OANZ board.

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New board for OANZ

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A new board and new possibilites for the organic sector have come from the 2016 OANZ AGM.

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Agribusiness and the environment: the gap widens

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The 2016 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda shows the massive disconnect between the New Zealand agribusiness community's "thought leaders" and the wider public, some of them farmers. Commentary by OANZ communications manager, Niki Morrell.

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Primary Production Select Committee report

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A report on the address made by OANZ executives to members of the Primary Production Select Committee has been tabled at Parliament and is now available for viewing and download.

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Green Party gets it wrong on organics

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Organics Aoteaora New Zealand (OANZ), the peak body for the organics sector, says while the Green Party’s enthusiasm to further grow the sector is welcomed, its misrepresentation of the 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report is not acceptable.

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NZ organic sector growing strongly: latest research

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News release for immediate distribution. Features data from the OANZ 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report, released 7 April 2016.

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OANZ video release to coincide with Market Report launch

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OANZ is releasing three, 30-second videos highlighting the key areas of Market Report focus: production, consumer perception and certification. Take a sneak advance peek at the consumer video.

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Two out of three Kiwis now buy organics

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News release for immediate distribution, 4 April 2016. Features data from the OANZ 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report, to be released 7 April 2016.

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Local supply must grow to meet organic demand

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New Zealand organic production needs to keep up with new local and global food trends, says Market Report Gold sponsor, Purefresh Organic.

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Customers' desire for health and wellbeing drives supermarket’s organic offer

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Needs relating to health, wellbeing, lifestyle, personal interests and how Kiwis want to be perceived by others are driving consumer demand for organics, says Market Report Gold sponsor, Foodstuffs.

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Over 500 organic products at Coundown

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In response to the surge in consumer demand for organics, Market Report Gold sponsor Countdown (Progressive Enterprises) now offers over 500 organic products in a range that's continuing to expand.

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Unprecedented growth within NZ organic sector

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Ceres Organics, Gold sponsor of the OANZ Organic Market Report 2016, has experienced 100% growth in the last five years, driven by a dramatic increase in consumer demand.

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Organic leader warns that food safety is a top priority in China

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Organics Aotearoa NZ Chair Brendan Hoare has just returned from a four day conference on food safety held in two cities in China (Kunming and Beijing). 50 leading scientists from China and around the world presented at the conference, and there was lively discussion on the ways in which international industrial food chains are becoming increasingly contaminated by chemicals and diseases.

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Organics leader says latest IPCC Report a wake-up call for NZ farming

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The chair of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand, Brendan Hoare, says that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest Assessment Report, released in Yokohama on March 31, shows that industrial farming systems are part of the cause of climate change, and will not be able to adapt to it. It is already past time that we moved to more sustainable ways of growing food.

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World food leader visiting New Zealand June 15-17

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The head of a global community worth US$60 billion and growing will be visiting New Zealand between June 15 and 17. Queensland tropical fruit grower and horticulturalist Andre Leu is the President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, a global confederation of over 700 organic organisations from 115 countries.

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IFOAM President's visit to New Zealand June 15-17

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Andre Leu, the President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, paid a flying visit last week. (Many thanks to Bill Quinn of OrganicAg for donating Andre's airfares to OANZ.)

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OANZ News

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An open letter on better organic sector policies for New Zealand

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