NZHIA Executive Team

The day-to-day administration and control of the NZHIA (in between Annual General Meetings) is handled by the Executive Committee, who are elected during the Annual General Meeting of the Association.

For contacting anyone on the executive board, please email us directly at: or fill out the contact form here: Contact NZHIA. (We unfortunately, have had to remove the executive direct email contact details due to spam issues.)

Executive Officers:

Chairperson/Treasurer: Richard Barge

Ph: +64 (0)21 706 690

Richard has been involved in the hemp industry since reading Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes ” in 1994. Richard is an accountant and runs Hemptastic New Zealand and Hemp Seed Foods Ltd – trading as Be-All Hemp Foods.

Secretary: Eduardo Zanata

Ph: +64 (0)27 443 7592

As the founder of the Hemp Hub NZ, Eduardo partners with NZ and AUS based companies that are making Hemp-based products, and uses it to share the good news and to show people how hemp ticks all the boxes for a greener, healthier, and more sustainable future.

Vice-President: Temporarily Vacant


Executive Members:

Evan Dubisky

Mobile: +64 (0)27 578 7183

Kirsty Harkness
Vin Hemp, Mount Base Vineyards,
Hark & Zander
Mobile: +64 (0)21 432 989

Stephanie Iremonger
Chair – Govt Committee

Mobile: +64 (0)21 595 259

John Smith
Dip Urban Valuation,Licensed Real Estate Agent
Mobile: +64 (0)27 279 06 48

Paul Wright
Hemp Health Ltd

Mobile: +64 (0)27 750 8789

Other NZHIA Committees & Teams

Each committee has a strategic plan identifying milestones and goals to help focus their efforts in supporting the NZHIA Executive to achieve the overall objectives of the association. Please contact us if you want any more information on the committees within the NZHIA or want to find out how you can help.

Members/Admin Committee: Looking after the members experience and taking care of the administration for the association.

Media Committee: Raising awareness and funds for the association, and producing newsletters and information for both the media and the industrial hemp community.

Government Committee: Working with the government to ensure the regulations are workable and they are aware of what the industry needs to develop successfully.

Research & Development Committee: Looking at “Food, Fibre and Health” areas, identifying gaps in the road map to achieving a fully integrated and sustainable industry within New Zealand. Click here for more info about the NZHIA R&D Committee.

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