Congratulations to the OrganicNZ Awards 2023 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners in the Peoples’ Choice, Hua Parakore, and Peer-Reviewed categories for the OrganicNZ Awards 2023.

Community Garden of the Year – presented by Chantal Organics

Aunty’s Garden, Waipatu Marae, Hawke’s Bay

Laurie Foon, Deputy Mayor (left), and Kristen Capaccio, Chantal Organics (right), present the award to Arohanui Lawrence, Aunty’s Garden (middle)

Farmers’ Market of the Year – presented by Farmlands

Waikato Farmers’ Market

Laurie Foon, Deputy Mayor (left), and Gaz Ingram, Farmlands (right), present the award to Jen Wilkinson, Waikato Farmers’ Markets (middle)

Non-food Product of the Year – presented by OANZ

Miraculous Facial Oil, Linden Leaves

Laurie Foon, Deputy Mayor (left), and Tiffany Tompkins, OANZ (right), present the award to Nikkie Rich, Linden Leaves (middle)

Beverage of the Year – presented by Fonterra Organic

Otis Oat Milk – the Organic One, Otis Oat Milk

Laurie Foon, Deputy Mayor (left), and Andrew Henderson, Fonterra Organic (right), present the award to Chris Wilkie, Otis Oat Milk (middle)

Food of the Year – presented by Countdown

Salt & Vinegar Pea Chips, Ceres Organics

Laurie Foon, Deputy Mayor (left) presents the award to Noel Josephson, Ceres Organics (right)

Hua Parakore Award – presented by Te Waka Kai Ora

Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae

Geneva Hildreth, chair (left), and Pounamu Skelton, kaiwhakahaere (right) of Te Waka Kai Ora

Emerging Leader of the Year – presented by TranzAlpine Honey

Brittany Stembridge, TomTit Farm

Kate Walmsley, Kaicycle (left), and Yuriy Soshnikov, TranzAlpine Honey (right), present the award to Brittany Stembridge, TomTit Farm (middle)

Brand of the Year – presented by the Soil and Health Assn. NZ

TranzAlpine Honey

Kate Walmsley, Kaicycle (left), and Marion Wood, Soil and Health Association NZ (right), present the award to Yuriy Soshnikov, TranzAlpine Honey (middle)

Organic Regenerative Farmer of the Year – presented by Biolchim

Jenny Lux

Kate Walmsley, Kaicycle (left), and Steve Cully, Biolchim (right), present the award to Jenny Lux, Lux Organics (middle)

About the judges

Philippa Jamieson is the former editor of OrganicNZ magazine and an Honorary Life Member of the Soil & Health Association.

Geneva Hildreth is Co-Chair of Te Waka Kai Ora and a former chair of Te Tai Tokerau Organic Producers.

Allan Richardson is a west Otago organic sheep and beef farmer and current OANZ board member.

Cleo Te Kiri is a BioGro board member and is the Dairy Business Manager Organics at Pamu (Landcorp).

Chris Morrison is the chair of OANZ and has made numerous business and voluntary contributions to the world of organics in Aotearoa.

About the awards

The OrganicNZ Awards are presented by OrganicNZ magazine as part of annual Organic Week celebrations.

Organic Week is an annual celebration, held 1 – 7 May this year, organised by The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand and Organics Aotearoa New Zealand.

Organic Week is sponsored by Countdown, Biolchim New Zealand, Farmlands, AsureQuality, Kokako Coffee, Chantal Organics, TranzAlpine Honey, Pernergetic New Zealand, Waihi Bush and the Open Polytechnic.

Three peer-reviewed awards were decided by a group of judges. These categories are: Organic Regenerative Farmer of the Year, Emerging Organic Leader of the Year, and Organic Brand of the Year.

Five Peoples’ Choice awards were decided by public vote. These categories are: Organic Food Product of the Year, Organic Beverage of the Year, Organic Non-Food Product of the Year, Community Garden of the Year, and Farmers’ Market of the Year.

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