AGM Details

Saturday 20 July 2019
Piko Wholefoods

9:30 am Urban Farms Walking Tour (starting at Riverside Market)
11:00 am refreshments provided
11:45 am registration
12:15 pm- 1:15 pm AGM
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Organic 2020+ Workshop

All members and supporters warmly welcome.

Vote for YOUR National Council

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

Marion Wood, Bailey Peryman and Steffan Browing have been elected for the 2018–2020 term.

Mike Ryan's term is up for renewal at the 2019 AGM.

Marion Thomson and Moko Morris are stepping down from the National Council.

See below for 2019 National Council Nominees.

AGM Agenda

• Welcome
• Attendees and apologies
• Minutes of 2018 AGM
• Chair report
• Financial report
• Branch reports
• General business (from the floor)
• Election Results
• Close meeting

Peter Wells

Nominator: Matt Morris
Seconder: Bailey Peryman

As we face a global climate crisis impacting the health of our farms, communities, and ecology, I see Soil & Health as a much-needed compass for the land ethic innate to organics, and a champion for the work being done across Aotearoa to model thriving, equitable, and beautiful landscapes for our future. With a background in arts and ecology, my work focuses on regenerative and community-led landscapes.

Currently, I coordinate the Ōtākaro Orchard project, a $2m shared vision to create a local food hub in the Christchurch CBD and contribute to planning the Ōtākaro-Avon River Corridor (the 602 ha former red zone). I have extensive experience working with not-for-profits in fundraising, programmes, and strategy, and am able to fulfill all the responsibilities of this role.

If appointed, I will be delighted (and accountable) to uphold the legacy of Soil & Health and help us sail through whatever weather in the years ahead.

Jenny Lux

Nominator: Steffan Browning
Seconder: Bailey Peryman

With my husband Richard Gillies I run a market garden in Rotorua, certified organic by OFNZ ( We have two boys aged 9 and 11. I have a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Auckland. I am passionate about soil health, organic production methods, and rapidly reducing carbon emissions in the near future. Hence our farm uses low emissions technologies (hand tools, electric tools, and electric transport).

I have held chair, treasurer and secretary roles in Rotorua organisations such as Playcentre and our 250-member organic food co-op, and am particularly focussed on good governance and proper process being followed. Excellent communication and respect are key to any functioning organisation, as well as always returning to core values in any decision-making.

Lux Organics has gained a reputation as an innovator in its field, being one of the first companies in New Zealand to use fully home compostable salad bags.

Jodie Bruning

Nominator: Steffan Browning
Seconder: Elvira Dommisse

Jodie Bruning (B.Bus. Agribusiness) is a researcher and writer who, after researching pesticide risk assessment processes, recognised that modern science (including mixture effects, endocrine disruption, epigenetic risk) is not commonly integrated in risk assessment, and problematic reliance on chemical industry for data can result in biased assessments.

Jodie established www.rite-demands. org to recommend solutions to more safely protect the public (especially children) and our environment. Jodie believes that after climate change, chemical toxicity is the greatest threat humanity faces. She would like to support Soil & Health to strategically increase public knowledge around organics, pesticide-free food and support farming families in transition from the chemical–industrial system.

Jodie and Steffan Browning coauthored a significant report on glyphosate toxicity which was supported by New Zealand public health scientists. Jodie is a trustee for Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility, a post-graduate student at Auckland University, and lives in the Bay of Plenty with her family.

Hannah Tatton

Nominator: Bailey Peryman
Seconder: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

I am an organic market farmer of five years, with three years’ recent training with leading organic producers, distributors and soil lobbyists in Canada and USA across various biological methods of growing, five years’ prior experience in sales and marketing for the likes of Living Earth compost, a degree in Communications (AUT) and certificate in biodynamic agriculture (Taruna). I am currently supporting young farmers on organic farm-start projects across New Zealand.

As the next generation I am dedicated to growing the organic movement to ensure the integrity of organic agriculture, environmental management and health of people is upheld and becomes the norm in New Zealand by:
• Engaging with government on behalf of members to advocate, lobby, inform and influence future policy;
• Raising public and consumer education on the importance of regenerating New Zealand’s soils through organic, regenerative, agroecology and carbon sequestration methods
• Growing, enabling and developing existing and succeeding generations of organic family farmers, food producers and urban and rural community projects.

Isabel Pasch

Nominator: Marion Wood
Seconder: Chris Morrison

Isabel was born and grew up in Germany and first came to New Zealand to study in 1999. She has an MSc in microbiology from the University of Auckland and a postgraduate journalism degree from Freie Universität in Berlin. In Germany Isabel worked mostly in science PR, but when she moved with her Kiwi husband and two sons to Auckland in 2010 she changed careers and opened her first organic bakery.

In 2013 she opened the much bigger Bread & Butter Bakery & Café. The focus of her work has been to bake traditional organic sourdough breads and to improve the understanding of the impact food has on the health of people and the planet. Isabel runs sourdough baking classes and writes a blog called

Isabel has been a committee member of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market since 2016 and she is a member of the Gribblehirst Community Hub.

Mike Ryan

Nominator: Marion Thomson
Seconder: Marion Wood

I have served as a National Councillor since 2017, and as treasurer for the year prior. The period has seen a huge upheaval in the Association. Not all decisions made during that period were sustainable or appropriate. However, I believe we have come through a difficult transitionary period and are positively positioning for a more acceptable and cohesive Association. I have been part of the solution rather than part of the problems.

I believe in the grassroots nature of Soil & Health, and that the soul and beliefs of those interested enough to be members should drive the Council and Association direction. This means advocacy and education on one hand, and growth of the organic movement on the other. The growth means increasing the numbers in our community, through the magazine and membership.

My contribution is in assisting with the professionalism, decision making, and governance at the council level to bring this about. I have an extensive background in business management at the CEO and board level.