Promoting the Economic, Environmental, Health and Social Benefits of a NZ Hemp Industry



The NZHIA is a non profit society registered in 1997.

We intend to meet our objectives with the support and participation of industry, business and the involvement of the Government.

We will develop based on honest hard work and the sharing of information and expertise.

Our Members are representative of the entire industry from seed growers, processors through to retail. They are currently supplying quality products business to business and business to consumer, for both the local and export markets.

 The NZHIA has stated objectives (NZHIA Objectives) and our mission is to achieve these objectives, with a vision of support for sustainable bio-regional development.

We support members and the industry by facilitating, the exchange of information within the industry and with various stakeholders including the Ministry for Health as the regulator and the Ministry of Primary Industries on farming and agronomic matters. We are also prepared to present at local shed meetings and assist with applications for funding and business plan development.

We are a non profit organisation and are funded by membership, fundraising via sponsorship from hemp business and others involved in supplying goods and services to the hemp industry,  donations and koha

The Executive;

Chairman – Mack McIntosh  (Hemp Cottage Farm) (17ys Crop exp)

Mack was the original force behind setting up the association in 1996, he has been instrumental in establishing a regulated industry.  Representing the industry on the Inter Agency Working group through out the trials.   Mack has also developed the only variety to be added to the list of allowed cultivars, Aotearoa 1.  Mack currently runs the Hemp Cottage farm form his home in Owaka.

Treasurer – Richard Barge (Hemptastic NZ Limited) 

Richard has been involved in the hemp industry since reading Jack Herers book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes ” in 1994.  Richard is an accountant and runs Hemptastic New Zealand who are currently validating a number of 100% hemp products, made in the NZ market involving oils, hats and bags.

Secretary – Angela van Zyl

Angela is passionate about our land, our people and how we look after both and believes hemp is an opportunity to good to miss.  Angela has been researching hemp for 5 years; reading about it, meeting people involved and has attend one of the ECHO building workshops.  Based in Hamilton, Angela has a passion for all things hemp especially food and is looking forward to learning more about hemp and supporting the association and our members.

Other Executive Members:

  • Chris Woodney – NZ Hemp Brokers, Rotorua
  • Tui Quauqau – Koe Koea Hemp, Ahipara, Kaitaia
  • Richie Bayliss – Kiwi Hemp Co, NZ. Tai Tapu. Christchurch


Executive contact details

D.J. (Mack) McIntosh Ph++ 64 (0) 3 415 8888 

Richard Barge Ph +64 (0) 21 706 690

Angela van Zyl (Secretary) Ph ++64 (0) 21 126 6742

Chris Woodney Ph ++64 (0) 273 488 842

Tui Qauqau Ph ++64 (0) 20 730 85986

Richie Bayliss Ph ++64 (0) 22 630 1190