The role of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) is to provide governance for OrganicFarmNZ. NCC members are elected by their region for a two year term.

The 2018/19 NCC (and the regions they represent) are:

Jim Bennett – Chair (Bay of Plenty)

Jim, together with his wife Julie, supply organic retailers throughout the North Island and Christchurch with a variety of hothouse vegetables and subtropical fruit from their 3ha property in sunny Opotiki. A former geography teacher, Jim has been involved in organics for many years, and their property has been certified with OFNZ since 2001.

Richard van Alphen (Far North)

Richard Van Alphen with his wife Jose, have lived on a 4.5 hectare lifestyle property in the very Far North town of Houhora for the past 28 years.  First certified organic with Far North Organic Growers in the late 90’s and then with Organic Farm NZ in 2002.  They are both keen advocates of anything organic and were founding members of the Bay of Islands Food Group, where they marketed their produce for ten years.  Their passion being sub-tropical fruit, cherimoya, banana and avocados.  Richard is a keen surfer and fisherman and also collects mussel spat on 90 Mile Beach, for the green lip industry throughout NZ.

Simon Griffiths (NNC Rep for Auckland and Acting Chair Auckland/Central Northland)

Simon Griffiths is a violin teacher with a life long passion for organic gardening.  Simon and family currently live on a 6H farm at South Kaipara Head that has several hundred macadamia nut trees, a horse, chickens and large home gardens and orchard with a great variety of fruit and vege.  The property has been spray free and functioning organically since moving there in 2011.  Simon’s property is currently at C2 in the OFNZ certification process and hopefully moving to full certification in October 2017.

Jon Russell (Waikato) 

I have been farming all my life – a broad variety of enterprises & systems, both conventional & organic.  14 years ago I moved with my family to New Zealand from England to advance my dairying career .  My wife , Sue & I have been 50% sharemilking for the past 11 years.  This has allowed us to buy our own 20 acres to indulge my passion for mixed organic farming. We keep sheep , cattle & poultry , with an expanding market garden. I am very excited about the opportunity for growth in the organic marketplace and the position of OFNZ as the certification body of the small scale farmer and grower

Korbinian Poschl (Coromandel)

Bavarian-born Korbinian has been interested in organic gardening and farming ever since helping out his grandparents in their garden as a small child. After time spent working on conventional dairy farms, overseas travel, university studies, and work with the French Embassy in Wellington, he returned to the Kauaeranga Valley in the Coromandel Peninsula in 2012 where with his parents he runs a small mixed certified organic operation directly supplying consumers and some resellers in Thames, Waikato, and Auckland. He is currently also the certification manager for OrganicFarmNZ Coromandel, and is available for OrganicFarmNZ auditing work in other regions.

Ursula Bil-Teitink (Taranaki)

Barbara Harford (South West North Island – Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua)

Vacant (Growing Organics Inc. Wairarapa)

Alvina Murphy (Canterbury)

Alvina Murphy along with her husband Brendan have established a Certified Organic fruit orchard “Organic Fruit Adair” on a 23 acre lifestyle block close to Timaru where they have been living for over 35 years.

They have planted a wide variety of heritage fruit and nut trees, native shelter belts, along with ammenity plantings, establishing ponds and daming a creek to create a wildlife refuge including habitat for ducks and geese. Alvina has a large vegetable and herb garden and enjoys keeping old breeds of poultry.

She has always been interested in organics and natural farming, has 5 adult children, 6 grandchildren and teaches at a local high school.

Pia Dickhaut (Otago)

Pia grew up in a small village north of Frankfurt. She was educated in Germany and came to New Zealand in 1993. Pia became a New Zealand citizen in 2017 and enjoys living in the South Island. She is a qualified adult literacy tutor and has been employed by Literacy Aotearoa since 2012. She is also a qualified naturopath. Her interests are varied and she tutors in many different subjects including computing, women’s health, sustainability and organic gardening.

Pia has been involved with the Otago branch of OFNZ from its inception and has held the position of auditor since 2012. She helped establish and manage Wairuna Organics market gardens from 1999 until 2012. Passionate about both the environment and people Pia believes strongly in the power of local community, in the value of keeping people informed and the relationship between healthy soil, healthy food and peoples health.