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 becomi

ng 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.