Organic NZ Emerging Leader of the Year

Voting runs from 3 April to 29 April

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

The Criteria

Nominations for this category have to be:

  • Someone who has been working in a leadership role in the New Zealand organic sector for under five years.
  • Be able to demonstrate how they are helping to mitigate climate change within their work.
  • Interacting and engaging with relevant communities, including tangata whenua to build a just society.
  • Working to future-proof and lead a financially viable organisation.

The finalists…

Alex Morrissey, Founder of Little Farms
Alex champions organic farming, environmental sustainability, and community equity. She connects local organic growers, reduces food miles, and empowers communities through education and accessible produce. Alex’s work embodies a commitment to a healthier, fairer society.

Jamie Tucker, Founding farmer at Laughing Pukeko and programme coordinator at AsureQuality
Jamie established the BHU market garden and is now a Program Coordinator at AsureQuality, focusing on freshwater. She’s an advocate for organics, volunteering at OANZ and engaging with Eat NZ as a 2022/23 Kaitiaki. Her commitment to sustainable agriculture and community involvement reflects her passion and dedication.

Saskia, Sheldon and Elle, Vagabond Veg
Saskia, Elle and Sheldon are small scale farmers focused on growing with ecologically and socially centered practice. Embarking on the Hua Parakore journey and co-creating local food systems that work for farmers, community and our earth.

Each vote you make gives you one entry into the draw to win one of two $50 Kings Seeds Vouchers. Voting closes on 2 May, the winners of the seeds will be notified shortly after.

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