Our Council

The New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Society which owns BioGro is directed by a board of councillors elected annually from around the country.

Each councillor has a passion for and years of practical experience in organics. They include organic farmers and orchardists, lawyers, marketers, researchers, lobbyists, entrepreneurs and industry representatives. Their expertise and opinions on organics come together on the board to support BioGro, its certified producers and consumers.

Derek Broadmore (Chair, Barrister & Estamore Orchard, Wairarapa)

Derek Broadmore has been involved in the organic sector for a long time. He and his wife Ros have had a small farm in the Wairarapa for the past 25 years and were shareholders of the organics retailer Commonsense Organics for 20 years. Derek has served as Chair of the OANZ at different times. His involvement..... Read more

Chris Morrison (Wayfairer Limited T/A All Good Organics, Auckland)

Since founding Australasia’s largest organics drinks company Phoenix, Chris Morrison continues to follow his passion for sustainability and organics. Chris has served as Chair of the NZ Biological Producers & Consumers Society ..... Read more

David Wright (The Bio-Dynamic Farming & Gardening Association, Wellington)

David is our longest serving councillor. When board membership was restructured to open voting in 1995, David was the nominee of the Biodynamic Association, one of the three organisations that created BioGro. He has been re-nominated every two years since... Read more

Noelene Almond (Jarna Orchard, Te Puke)

We’re working on a story about Noelene at the moment so you’ll be able to read it here soon.

Mark Houghton-Brown (Nelson)

Mark has a Degree in Finance and a long background in practical organic farming, building successful organic brands, and with organic governance. In the mid-80’s, he started the conversion of Pertwood Farm in the South West of England ... Read more

Heather Atkinson (Wharerata Organics, Wairarapa)

Heather Atkinson farms in the Wairarapa (BioGro No. 209) and is among the pioneers of organics in New Zealand. There are few who have traversed the realm of organics more widely. She has a breadth of involvement and experience to bring to her role on the NZBPCS council....Read more

Brendan Hoare (Waitakere, Auckland)

Brendan is currently serving on the council for the third time. He has been committed to organic agriculture since the early 1980s, and for four years was the President of the Soil and Health Association, World Board member of IFOAM from 2005-2008 and was a founder of the Organic Federation of NZ .... Read more

Dennis Enright (Soil & Health Association, Dunedin)

We’re working on a story about Dennis next which you’ll be able to read here soon.




BioGro Bulletins

Equivalency agreement between the US and Japan

The United States and Japan announced on the 26 September 2013, that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold and labelled as organic in either country.

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Producer Profile

Millton Vineyards and Winery (BioGro No.99)

Organic winemaking pioneer James Millton sees BioGro as a profound and internationally recognized trademark. ‘Being certified as biodynamic is one thing, but getting into particular markets is more difficult, hence the need to be certified organic by BioGro’.