Organic NZ Emerging Leader of the Year

Presented by TranzAlpine Honey

This award recognises someone working in an inspiring leadership role in the New Zealand organics/kai atua sector with under five years experience. 

It is open to successful business/organisation leaders whose business/enterprise is certified organic or Hua Parakore verified.  It is open to those who are leading the way to mitigate climate change and build a just society in harmony with nature and the planet.  

The criteria

Nominations will be assessed on the following criteria.

Environmental Protection – how is this person helping to mitigate climate change? How is this inspiring others?

Social Responsibility – how does this person interact and engage with relevant communities including tangata whenua to build a just society? How is this inspiring others?

Sustainability/legacy – how has the work been made future-proof and financially viable; what systems, partnerships or team approaches have been established by the person to preserve the work.

Note: judges will also take into account other practices consistent with organic production. The following are examples of relevant practices and are not requirements for entry: community connections and links to tangata whenua, packaging practices, sustainable energy and resource use, advocacy for organics and other certifications such as living wage, carbon zero.  

The finalists are

Jamie Tucker
Jamie has been instrumental in setting up the BHU Organic College Market Garden. This project is dedicated to educating future farmers and backyard growers in agroecological and regenerative farming methods. Jamie has been described as san incredible mentor, whose patience is matched by her enthusiasm, knowledge and tirelessness.  

Brittany Stembridge
Brittany is a member of OFNZ and runs TomTit Farm producing a wide range of market garden produce for the Hamilton community. Brittany completed the Earthworkers Regenerative Horticulture course (2021) and is ‘walking the talk’ on climate action and sustainability through food systems. Brittany has been described as a leader and influencer of a new generation of organic regenerative growers. 

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