The Association’s governance body is called the National Council (NC).

NC Members are appointed by the membership and elected for a two-year term.

Results from the 2018 National Council elections will be loaded soon…. watch this space!


Marion Thomson


Marion considers it an honour to be involved with the Soil & Health Association of NZ through the National Council and welcomes the opportunity to continue her work with an organisation that has such an inspiring vision – Organic Aotearoa by 2020

Marion is involved on many levels with individuals, groups, schools and communities who are all on the pathway to achieving this vision. People that are working to become more self reliant, growing their own organic food, supporting organic growers, buying local, and working towards a lower carbon economy.

Currently a tutor for EIT / Tairawhiti Polytech at Auntys Garden at Waipatu Marae, Marion teaches fulltime levels 1-3 Horticulture Courses which are free and marae based. I have been involved at Aunty’s Garden and at Waipatu Marae since the large garden for the community was developed in Spring 2010. I have also taught over 100 whanau basic gardening, health, nutrition and cooking skills through contracts with the HBDHB and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

Marion is also the OFNZ Certification Manager for the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne areas promoting ecological sustainability on a daily basis through many different projects including: information and education, green waste and food waste recycling, organic certification (OFNZ), organic gardening, green building, restoration projects.

She believes the Soil & Health Association has the potential to not only improve and strengthen not only the environmental, but also the social and economic framework of Aotearoa.


Michael Ryan


Michael received a BSc in chemistry and biochemistry, followed by an MBA from Boston University, USA. His career began initially in finance, developing into broader business management appointments. This has included national and regional appointments for both Watties and HJ Heinz, giving him a strong background in the established food industry.

In recent years Michael has assisted companies improve performance through incorporating or changing management systems. He has also assisted start-up businesses with strategy and funding plans.

His vision for becoming involved with Soil & Health is to assist getting the Association to the next stage of professionalism and effectiveness in the global move to healthy, natural, and sustainable agriculture.



Moko Morris


The national coordinator of Te Waka Kai Ora, Moko is excited about supporting maara kai in Ōtaki, (where she is based) to become Hua Parakore verified.

A former enviroschools facilitator, Moko is now a teacher in the Environmental Unit, Te Puna, at Te Wananga o Raukawa. Her year two students learn skills to evaluate the health and wellbeing of freshwater ecosystems at catchment scale, te reo Māori, and iwi and hapu studies which explore their marae, history, waiata. The students also receive a one-year subscription to Organic NZ.

Moko will also be working with Ngā Purapua (Institute of Māori Lifestyle and Advancement Centre) to develop healthy eating and cooking classes.




Marion Wood


Marion Wood is executive director of Commonsense Organics. She is chair of the Organic Retailers of New Zealand, a former deputy chair of the Sustainable Business Network and on the Board of Fair Trade Wellington. She is also a director of Common Property Ltd, an organic market garden in Te Horo, an hour’s drive north of Wellington.

Her focus is on making organic food more accessible to people in Aotearoa New Zealand, and developing a successful ethical business paradigm based on organics, environmental sustainability and fair trade, as well as financial sustainability.

Marion has a long involvement in the not-for-profit sector. She is a former national director of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand, and worked as a founding consultant for the Waitangi Consultancy Group on Treaty of Waitangi issues. She was involved in:

• starting the first Trade Aid shop in Wellington;

• initiating and chairing the Council for International Development, the umbrella group for development agencies in Aotearoa New Zealand;

• a successful campaign to make Wellington the first fair trade capital in the southern hemisphere.


Penelope Bundy




Penelope is passionate about increasing consumer access to safe and healthy organic food. She has been involved in the organic sector since 2012 and is the store manager for Commonsense Mt Eden.

Her relationships with customers, suppliers, growers, and other retailers gives her a unique understanding of the needs of those engaging with organics from all angles. This has equipped her with the knowledge of how the organic community can best serve our customers and ensure the growth of our sector.






Bailey Peryman




Firstly, I am a dad and husband with a young family. I have 10 years’ experience at the grassroots of the organics movement in Christchurch, an honours graduate from Lincoln University (Environmental Management), community gardener, local food entrepreneur, and recently co-founded Cultivate Christchurch (see article in Organic NZ May/June 2018).






Steffan Browning

Coming soon….