Organic Products Bill workshop

Date: 22 May 2020

Level 2  creates an opportunity to now meet (rather than zoom). Discussion has taken place with Covid-19 Govt. team re ability to hold this event.

social distancing, groups (farm team) not larger than ten and less than 100 in total, OrganicAg will provide an onsite H&S warden, register and sitting record.

Please bring own lunch. Tea / coffee supplied.


OrganicAg Pastoral Extension Group meets each month (6 regions) and the May round will be open to all interested in the future of organic regulation in NZ.


18th May Wairarapa, 19th May Taranaki, 20th May Waikato, 21st May Northland, 22nd May Bay of Plenty. 25th May Southland. 10 am till 2.30 pm.


Normally the day is pastoral based and while much of that focus will remain the day will include how the proposed changes affect everyone in the organic sector.


an invitation to organic sector  organisations has offered a speaking slot to put forward  views or simply have people attend to engage in general discussion.

A big part of this day is understanding that this is the biggest change the sector has ever faced and that full engagement is important.

The agenda will be finalised over the coming days but will be along the following lines;

  • Where the organic sector came from—a brief history.
  • Summary of the 2018 Organic Market Report.
  • What is the current situation with organic production, marketing and legislation.
  • Explanation and understanding the various components—Act, Regulation, Standard.
  • What is proposed.
  • Why is it proposed.
  • The Commodities Levy Act.
  • How things will change in practise if the bill is enacted.
  • Making your submission effective.
  • Influence post submission.
  • Question/answer and discussion.

Discussion is a key part of the day.

OrganicAg will slot in as many organisations as is possible to present a view point. Bill Quinn who has had involvement at a high level of organic sector and agricultural industry matters for over 35 years will present the various aspects with input from contributors as available.

Much information is on the organicag website. You are welcome to submit material to be included on the OPB page.

Please advise if you intend to attend.

Venue; 10am to 2.30 pm.

Hayden and Tina’s Farm

188B Powdrell Rd,


Full Level 2 requirements will be provided for.

importance: high
description: Understanding the OPB and submission process
cost: free
region: Bay of Plenty