Introduction

This page contains all the information you need to cast a vote.

Please read it carefully.

Any questions about voting should be referred to, Pete Huggins, Returning Officer:

Voting for National Council

The Soil & Health National Council consists of seven elected members who are voted in for two-year terms.

There are currently four vacancies, and the following five nominations for National Council for the 2021-23 term have been received:

  • Monique Bartosh
  • Jodie Bruning
  • Jenny Lux
  • Mike Palmers
  • Rebecca Perez

Marion Wood, Barbara Collis and Bernie Mabbs are all sitting councillors, having been elected for the 2020–2022 term.

More information about National Council candidates is available below.

You can also vote online, using the link below.

Voting instructions

You may choose to vote in person if you’re attending the AGM

Votes will be taken in person by secret ballot during our AGM on Saturday 11th September, starting at 9am at Te Papa in Wellington.

Alternatively choose one of the methods below:

Electronic voting is open now and will close at midnight on Friday 10th of September.

To vote electronically, please use our secure voting page to log in and vote: Online voting page for 2021 National Council elections

To cast a postal vote, please send us a letter with your own name, contact number and the names of up to four candidates you wish to vote for. Postal votes must be sent to: The Returning Officer, Soil & Health, PO BOX 9693, Marion Square, Wellington. To ensure your vote is counted it must be received on or before Friday 10th September. We recommend posting it by August 27th at the latest.
The four candidates with the highest number of total votes will be declared elected.
Please read these instructions carefully and check your vote before hitting the ‘vote’ button at the bottom of the form. We may be unable to amend your vote after it has been cast.

Candidate information

Monique Bartosh

I hold a passion for soil and climate justice, having volunteered with Kaicycle helping with composting and Generation Zero, a youth policy organisation, as one of the Wellington convenors.

I believe when we grow organically, with strong values around community, collaboration and food sovereignty then we enhance the life in our soils and the world. This regenerates our food sources and helps mitigate & adapt to climate change.

Currently I am studying Organic Primary Production in Lincoln at the BHU Organic College, developing my own organic garden while working part time at an organic walnut orchard. In 2020 I worked for Soil and Health as the Wellington coordinator for Organic Week.

Some of the projects I organised were an online panel, community bike ride around local community gardens and helped with the launch of the Soil4Climate project. My previous background is in outdoor education and the arts which has led to a strong awareness of the importance of systems thinking and understanding we all play a role in our ecosystems. This is a critically needed skill as we face multi-layered ecological crises that require us to solve interconnected challenges.

Nominated by Marion Wood

Seconded by Jenny Lux

Jodie Bruning (B.Bus. Agribusiness)

Jodie is a researcher/writer who established Rite-Demands.org to recommend policy solutions to more safely protect human & environmental health. Pollution, like public health, will always be political. Jodie’s post-graduate work has focused on the barriers in policy that impedes scientific research into endocrine disrupting chemicals.

For Jodie, the more health risk from toxic chemicals are ignored, the more organics becomes the solution. Very simply, organics reduce emissions from – and exposures to - a wide range of environmental toxins. 

This is a magnificent opportunity for Soil & Health. Cancer, neurodevelopmental toxicity, inflammation - an organic perspective enables S&H to discuss the politics of industrial food systems, and present nourishing answers - manifold case studies, growing scientific research. Lowering toxic exposures can profoundly shake-up family health, in a good way! 

A co-author of the Greens Glyphosate report, Jodie is a trustee for PSGR.org.nz, and resides in the Bay of Plenty. 

Nominated by Steffan Browning

Seconded by Brendan Hoare

Jenny Lux

Jenny is an organic market gardener from Rotorua (founder of Lux Organics) and has been on the National Council for 2 years in the role of Deputy Chair and Treasurer. During this time she has been actively campaigning for climate action, helping to establish the Soil4Climate project, and consulting with government on the Organic Products Bill.

She is passionate about achieving the right outcomes for small organic producers and consumers with the new organic regulations, so that our domestic organic market can flourish and more people can enjoy the benefits. There is a lot more work to do on this, so she hopes to be re-elected to be able to continue.

Jenny is a plant ecologist by training (MSc Env Sci, University of Auckland) and has translated her ecological skills into commercial growing skills in the last 5 years. She also teaches yoga in the community and enjoys reading and walking her dog when she is not managing her busy little farm.

Nominated by Bernie Mabbs

Seconded by Meriel Watts

Mike Palmers

Mike is a qualified horticulturalist with extensive experience and holds postgraduate qualifications in applied ecology and resource management. His experience spans public gardens, retail, commercial fruit and vegetable production, tropical and subtropical nursery production, and public glasshouse display gardens plus landscape design and construction.  

Mike has made organics a core value in his landscaping and garden services business. Mike will bring an understanding of the organic sector having served at a national level as a Soil and Health national councilor, with a period as co-chair.  He was the Soil and Health appointed representative to BioGro council and board and a Biological Husbandry Unit trustee (BHU Lincoln University).

Good governance is critical for the health and future of an organisation. Mike’s passion for organics and good governance should be an asset to the Soil & Health Association.  Mike was a district councilor in the Wairarapa and held governance positions for various local organizations including acting as the Mayor’s alternate.

Nominated by Jenny Lux

Seconded by Chris Morrison

Rebecca Perez

Rebecca grew up in the Pacific Northwest, US, and began growing food as an apprentice on organic farms in the United States in Maine, Washington, and Oregon, and has been an organic, small-scale market gardener in Southland at Woodsorrel Farm. She now works leading an exciting community focused gardening project with a small high school in Riverton, growing and cooking organic food with students.  

She is passionate about food access and strengthening communities through gardening, growing food on common land, land access and opportunities for new organic farmer and grower training. She is part of a group who are in the process of developing Village Agrarians into a resource for growers in New Zealand. 
 

Nominated by Jenny Lux

Seconded by Philippa Jamieson