The 2023 ODPG CONFERENCE: Organics Past, Present & Future


The new conference location is the Hamilton area, WAIKATO.

Dates as before: April 19th + 20th

For more information and to book your place, visit our ticketing page.




The ODPG committee recently made the difficult decision to change the location of the conference due to the devastating, ongoing effects of Cyclone Gabrielle on the Hawkes Bay region. It has become clear that to hold a large conference there would only add to the huge amount of stress the communities are already under. 

The date will remain April 19th and 20th, but the location will change to the Waikato region.

Please look out for an announcement coming out with all the new details.

Conference Day

On Wednesday 19th April, we’re excited to be hosting six wonderful speakers:

DR CHRISTINE JONESRenowned Soil Ecologist from Australia – Presentation title to be confirmed
DR ANDREW SMITHC.O.O of The Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania*– Presentation title to be confirmed
MATT GALLAGHEROrganic Technical Manager at AsureQualityOrganic Certification
JONO FREWFounder of Quorum Sense and Natural Performance– Farming Aligned with Nature for a Healthy & Resilient Future
PHILIPPA JAMIESONEco-Writer & Editor, formerly of Organic NZ Magazine* Meat and Milk: Fake Vs Real
NIC CONLANDDirector and Co-Founder of Verdi– Is My Pasture Hiding the Answer to Climate Resilience

*(Dr Andrew Smith and Philippa Jamieson will attend via video conferencing)

We’ll be releasing the speakers’ bios over the next few weeks so you can read more about them.

Field Trip Day

After a day inside, we’ll be heading out and about to visit two field trip venues chosen from amongst the organic and regenerative farms and businesses in the region.

Tickets for Members and Non-Members

Conference tickets will now go on sale in early March, with discounted tickets for ODPG members. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the news. The ticket link will be posted on our website event page when tickets are available.

Benefit from Becoming a Sponsor

To maximise conference attendance and increase the profile of organic farming, our aim is to invite sponsorship in order to make tickets more affordable.

We have spaces for sponsors available, and can offer a variety of benefits to make sure sponsors have plenty of exposure in return. Sponsors are invited to attend the entire two days, with a free ticket as part of their sponsorship.  

If you’d like to know more about sponsorship, please get in touch by emailing us at, or fill in the form below.  

Please Note: Becoming a Commercial Member of the ODPG is a pre-requisite for sponsorship.


Connect with other people who are interested in the sector through out ODPG Memberships, and receive a substantial discount on 2023 ODPG Conference tickets. Receive advice from other organic, biological and regenerative farmers about issues and concerns that relate to your farming system. Gain access to a wide range of member-only resources, including a catalogue of member-only webinars on a wide range of subjects. Get discounts on our 2023 Conference and ODPG-organised workshops. Benefit from opportunities for Commercial Members to connect with their audience.  


For farms, farmers and individuals involved in/interested in organic, regenerative & biological farming.

$105.00 inc gst  


For suppliers and service providers to the organic, regenerative and biological farming industries.

$310.00 inc gst

Join the ODPG Executive Committee

We are holding our Annual General Meeting during the 2023 Conference. Ahead of the meeting, the Organic Dairy & Pastoral Group of NZ would like to invite those interested to join our executive committee and help guide and support the organisation through the next three years.   We are a farmer run identity and, as of April 2023, will find ourselves in the position of requiring four new executive committee members.   Currently several ODPG committee members have contributed a year longer than expected and will be stepping down. As a group we acknowledge how important it is for us to continue importing new people with fresh ideas so as to retain our strong leadership in NZ’s organic community.   If you can spend one evening a month to attend zoom committee meetings and would enjoy contributing to the group’s national annual conference we would love to have you on our team.   You are not required to be an organically certified producer but you will be required to enthusiastically nurture methods and techniques that enhance the future of organic/biological/regenerative agriculture.   Please look at this as your opportunity to be involved in the transformation of New Zealand’s agriculture.  


Please write to (or fill out the form below) with a short introduction if you’re interested, or if you have any questions.   Alternatively, the current committee would be happy to discuss things further with you and you may be familiar with some of them. Their contact details can be found on our website.

Send us your questions or comments…


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