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Agreements & Guidelines

(April 2005 Version)
A)  Terms and Conditions for Cats  & Dogs
B)  Building  Guidelines
C)  Use of Spray
D)  Permanent Dwellings
E)   Firearms & Other Hunting Weapons
A) Purchasing a Share/Membership Process
B) Share Price
C) Selling a Share
D) Inheritance
A)  Rights attached  to  share
A) Mortgage
B) Ongoing Costs
C) Overdue Accounts
D) Forfeiture
A) Consensus
B) Meetings
C) Quorum
D) Proxy
E) Decision Process
F) Special Meetings
G) Annual General  Meeting

The  goal of this document is to provide existing community  members and any interested or prospective members with a general idea of how the community is intended to operate.  This document is intended to be more concise and understandable than the legal documents which are necessary to conduct the business of Awaawaroa Bay Ltd.  It is not fully comprehensive, but merely intends to highlight items of general interest and importance to those interested.  If a situation arises where it is in conflict with, or contradiction to, the legal documents (constitution and lease) the legal documents will stand.
2 .  VISION STATEMENT  (Amended June 2003)
We  live in community, creating a safe, sustainable environment that encompasses and enhances wholesome relationships with each other and the land.
All land use is organic, encouraging bio-diversity. We protect and enhance eco-systems and natural habitats.
Our community is based on cooperation, honesty and consensus. We have a willingness to balance individual needs with the greater good of the community, while also valuing people’s diversity.
We are a community who understands that our actions and behaviours influence the world of the future.

Unless stated otherwise, Bylaws can be changed by the normal decision process.  New ‘Community Agreements’ to be incorporated require 100% consensus of voting Shareholders.

A) Terms and Conditions for Dogs & Cats
The aim is to have no cats or dogs.  Any incoming foundation shareholder with a cat or a dog will be considered on a case by case basis.  The object is to determine whether the pet is a suitable animal for Awaawaroa Bay EcoVillage.  Such issues as the animals age and temperament will be considered as well as the owners attitude to the pet and the environment.
- All cats and dogs on the property must be kept on a leash unless they are in the designated area.
- Animals unleashed must be under the control of someone 14 years or over.
- Restricted areas are to include the wetland perimeter, foreshore areas and bush.  A leash is required in these areas, with the animal in the control of someone 14 years or over.
- Visitors will not be permitted to bring dogs or cats.
- Tenants can look after existing animals but cannot bring their own.  All other pets and livestock should be contained.

B) Building Guidelines
A building Review Committee, consisting of a minimum of 3 shareholders (only 1 member per share), will be established from amongst the membership of Awaawaroa Bay Eco-Village.  The role of the committee will be to advise and evaluate all building construction and alterations on the property.  People from outside can be consulted in an advisory capacity.
Upon initiating a building programme, preliminary concept plans are to be discussed with the building review committee.  All plans are to be submitted and approved by the committee and shareholders before permits are applied for from the Council.  The plans will include what is required by Council and, additionally, a cross-sectional drawing which illustrates how the proposed building is in harmony with the site and landscape.  
The object of the internal building code is to ensure low impact buildings in harmony with the landscape.  This is to be achieved by the use of environmentally sound materials and designs
sympathetic to the landscape.
(ii) Lot Coverage -The combined floor space (total area of all floor) of all buildings on each house lot should not exceed 200 m2Permission is required from all Share Holders to build up to a total
lot coverage  (the amount of land your buildings cover ie. the foot print) of 200 m2.
(iii) Building Designs - to be site specific.  Rather than re-designing the site for the building, design the building for the site.  The reason for this is to ensure minimum earthworks and modification of the landscape.  Reference shall be made to the Auckland City Council publication "Design Guidelines for Buildings in the Coastal Landscape". 
(iv) Height - Buildings must not exceed 8M in height from finished ground level.  Prefered height restriction is 6M with the design being appropriate to site considerations.  
(v) Location - buildings to be located off ridgelines, knolls and archaeological sites, and off skylines where possible.
(vi) Building Materials  - The use of environmentally friendly building materials is encouraged.  The Building Review Committee has investigated various materials and techniques and has
information available.  In general the shareholder is encouraged to avoid the use of nonsustainable or over processed (high energy consuming) products and to use materials in an aesthetically pleasing way.  For example the following products are not allowed:  woods from non-sustainable sources - fibreglass batts  -  tanalised pine products (excepting existing
fenceposts already on the land). ( See Appendix No.1)
(vii) Reflective Surfaces  - to be kept to a minimum.  Large expanses of glass should be "broken up". Roofing, if corrugated iron, to be painted or colour steel. 
(viii) Colours - exterior colours (apart from trim) to be earth tones.  Refer T.  Heath "Colours for Structures in the Landscape". 
(ix) Power ( a m e n d e d   D e c / ’ 0 3 ) -  The aim is to provide for our power needs with the least amount of negative environmental impact and to be diesel/petrol generator free as soon as possible. Mains power will not be provided by Awaawaroa Bay Ltd.  All utility transmission (eg. phone, power, TV etc.) lines must be underground at the expense of the shareholder. If not connected to the national power grid, residents will need to use alternative power such as solar, wind, hydro, wood stoves, candles, lamps etc.
Diesel/petrol generators are not permitted as an integral part of any power system but may be used as an emergency back up to recharge batteries in long periods of inclement weather or at
limited times of heavy demand.
(x) Wastewater Disposal - due to the proximity of wetland systems, composting toilets or other alternative systems will be encouraged.  The recommended system for greywater disposal shall
be by sub-surface irrigation with grease trap/holding tank.
(xi) Earthworks  - to be constructed as per Auckland City Council guidelines "Earthworks in the Gulf Islands".
(xii) Protection Yards  - all buildings to be 20m from wetlands/water systems (as per Hauraki Gulf Islands  HaurakiDistrict Plan). 
(xiii) Revegetation  - of houselots is encouraged in order to stabilise slopes and soften the effect of buildings. All native vegetation plantings to be from local seed source, where available.
(xiv) Building Committee  - all building plans to be approved at a meeting of shareholders.  The Building Review  Committee is set up to support this prior to applications being submitted to
Auckland City Council.  Plans shall include a site plan showing proposed use for total houselot so total impact of development can be assessed.
(xv) All plans to comply with ACC building code.
(xvi) Neighbours  - consider the effects on your neighbours when planning your home.  Even better, discuss your plans with them at an early stage
(xvii) People are strongly encouraged to use energy efficient design in their buildings. eg. lots of glass to the north for harvesting solar heat; thermal mass (floors & walls) for storing heat; lots of shade in summer to cool the house.

C) Environmental Health
1) Organics (amendment agreed 6 March, 2005)  - The Community follows the spirit of the organic principles as outlined in NZS 8410:2003, Bio-Gro Standards and Demeter
Organic Production Standards.
See Appendix 2 for a list of alternatives gardening and land use practices.
See Appendix 3 for the current list of exceptions to NZS 8410-2003.4.
2)  Noise - It is acknowledged that noise can be a form of environmental pollution and has an impact.  Our aim is to maintain and enhance the peace of the valley.  With that in mind you are
a) to talk to your neighbours if you have specific problems with their noise.
b) to consider the feelings and comfort of others and the effect on the environment when making noise.
c) to be flexible about use of noisy equipment where others can hear.  Accept that you may be asked to stop making noise for a specific reason.
d) to limit the use of noisy equipment between 8am and 6pm.

D) Permanent  Dwellings
The intention is for people to live and build permanent dwellings on the land.   

E ) Firearms & Other Hunting Weapons 
The keeping of firearms by residents on his or her lot requires the written consent of the Company. Appropriate NZ Licenses must also be obtained.  Guns must be locked away.  The use of firearms on common land requires the knowledge of at least one other resident.  Attempts will be made to notify all other residents of impending firearm use. Hunting bows & arrows and hunting cross bows may not be used or kept at Awaawaroa Bay EcoVillage.  Recreational use of bows & arrows needs to be supervised at a house site or another designated area as  decided by a community meeting.

4 .     SHARES

A) Purchasing a Share/Membership Process
Reference:  Constitution Clause 11

Purchaser Approval Process (PAP)

Preamble: The selling and purchasing of a home is often a large investment both emotionally and financially. As a community we have created these guidelines to help enable a process that is safe and transparent for all parties.

Awaawaroa bay Ltd was formed as a company with 15 directors in 1994. The 169ha parcel of land was purchased with only one of those directorships fulfilled ( via Rob Morton), and a debt owed by the new company to a benefactor, John Payne, who had loaned the money for the purchase , in the absence of any bank willing to grant the mortgage necessary. Over the next 10 years, the company sold the remaining 14 shares, each represented by one director, but with the allowance for there to be up to 4 shareholders per share. Any prospective purchasers underwent a 90 day approval period, at the end of which they were unencumbered to purchase a share at a fixed price, for a bare, or ‘unimproved’ piece of land. A purchase of a share in Awaawaroa Bay Ltd (ABL) represented the right to occupy and build on 1 ha of designated land with an effective 999 year lease but no title, and the right (and responsibility) to attend meetings and participate in the business of the evolving community.

Post 2000, all sales of shares have been re-sales, not by the company, but by departing shareholders. The company has however retained the right to vet prospective purchasers via the 90 day approval period. Generally the re-sold share has had buildings and chattels that have ‘improved’ the value of that share. As of 2012, four shares have re-sold.

The Company’s role and responsibilities in the process of all share sales includes:

1. Ensuring a transparent and clear channel of communication between the purchaser, the seller and the community (e.g. Google group forum or something like this)
2. Allocating a ‘buddy’ for the purchaser.
3. Acting as the “real estate agent” ie. Determining with the seller how the share shall be advertised and how prospective purchasers are dealt with – i.e. who takes phone calls/emails, showing the purchaser the property if need be. The Company may assume responsibility for showing prospective purchasers the property if the seller is unable to.
4. Making and taking opportunities to meet the prospective new member./s
5. Making the final decision on the eligibility of all new shareholders through the three-month purchaser approval process (PAP)
6. Writing a letter of acknowledgement (by the company secretary) to the outgoing shareholders, thanking them for their part in the life of the community and to wish them well in their future endeavours.
7. Contacting the seller via their buddy within 2 months of their departure to ask for any feedback/reflections on anything to do with the share sale process.
8. The company (ABL) shall refuse to transfer the share to the purchaser as long as that share has a debt to the company".

The Share Seller’s role and responsibilities in the process of all share sales includes:

1. Giving notice of intent to sell their share in writing at a monthly meeting. The notice shall include the asking price and a list of chattels that are included in the share price. The price of the share cannot be raised during the 90-day purchaser approval process.
2. Supplying the Company with images of the share, written information about the share and chattel list associated with the share. Advertising the share is conditional upon receipt of these items.
3. Determining the price of the share. It is suggested that the seller take the below into consideration:
a) The price the seller originally paid for the share
b) Improvements made to the share
c) The unique nature of the company’s share, which is reflected in the difficulty for purchasers to raise capital through conventional means.

4. Choosing a buddy from within the community of ABL to support them.
5. Ensuring transparency of all correspondence regarding the share sale between the seller and purchaser and respective ‘buddies’ through communication channels that will provide this. eg google groups or something similar.
6. Reimbursing the Company any expenses incurred by the Company that are directly related to the share sale.
7. Pay back any debt to the company including maintenance payment

The Purchaser’s role and responsibilities in the process of all share sales includes:

1. Writing a dated letter expressing their wish to buy the share, including information about themselves. This might include:
a) Current life situation - family, work, life style etc.
b) Some life history.
c) Dreams and goals for living in community at Awaawaroa.
2. Entering a 90 days purchaser approval process (PAP), which begins upon receipt of their letter of intent. The purpose of the PAP is:
a) For the purchaser to confirm their interest in being part of the community
b) For the 3 month period to be a process for the prospective purchaser to discover whether their expectations match the ‘reality’ of life at Awaawaroa before they commit themselves financially, with the company ultimately giving approval to suitable applicants.
c) During this period it is the Purchasers responsibility to make contact and meet with the other shareholders. This can be done through arranging meetings with individual shareholders, attending meetings and working bees.
d) The 90-day period can be reduced or extended by mutual agreement if deemed necessary by either party.

3. Making contact with their allocated buddy and including their buddy in all their correspondence with the seller regarding the share sale using the agreed channel of communication.
4. Reaching an agreed share price with the seller during the 90-day purchaser approval process.
5. Giving written notice of opting out of the share sale process to the community if they cannot reach an agreed price within a 90 day period. (see below, the Company may allow a further 28 days to be able to reach an agreement)

In the event of there being more than one interested purchaser:
1. More than one purchasing party can be involved in the Purchaser Approval Process (PAP) at anytime.
2. Purchasers will be processed using a queue system in the order that their expressions of interests in writing are received.
3. Only the first purchaser in the queue can be the one in sale price negotiation with the seller.
4. If at the end of the 90 day PAP period a share sale price has not been agreed upon by the seller and purchaser, then the purchaser may be granted an additional period of 28 days by the company, to reach an agreement. If at the end of the 28 days the purchaser has been unable to reach an agreed price with the seller, then the opportunity to negotiate with the seller passes to the next interested purchaser in the queue and negotiations between the seller and the first purchaser must cease.
5. Each prospective purchaser must either be in or have completed a 90 day PAP period to be able to enter the queue system.

People wishing to join Awaawaroa Bay Ltd  will be provided a period of 90 days in order to determine the acceptability of the new shareholder to the company, and the company to the new shareholder respectively.  The 90 day period can be reduced by mutual agreement or extended if deemed necessary by either party.
To begin the 90 day period the interested person/s must declare either in person at a Monthly Meeting or by Mail (if necessary) that they are ready to begin this 90 day membership period.  Also at this time each interested person/s is requested to write a letter of introduction which should include some or all of the following:
a) Current life situation - family, work, life style etc.
b) Some life history.
c) Dreams and goals for communal living at Awaawaroa.
d) The house site/ allotment they are interested in living on.
During or after the 90 day period each interested person/s is required to formally apply in writing to the Awaawaroa Bay Ltd Shareholders, to buy a share and become a member.  This letter of intent should include details about how the share will be purchased and a choice of house site.
Each interested person/s is required to attend as many monthly meetings and working bees as possible during the membership application period.  They are also encouraged to attend the weekly Sunday evening shared meal and other events as they arise.  Every effort should be made by current shareholders to meet the prospective new members and vice versa.

B) Inheritance
If a shareholder dies, their share can be transferred to a relative as stipulated in the deceased shareholder's will.  Shares that are jointly held will require a special agreement amongst holders, as the
remaining holders of the share inherit equal.


A) Rights attached  to shares
(i) Each shareholder has a right to vote.   Voting procedures are described in Section 7 -   Decision Process and Meeting Procedures.   Each shareholder is a director of the Company, except in the
case of joint holders where the person first named on the share register is the director and holds the vote.   The director can pass the vote to a joint holder of the share by using the proxy system. 
 An internal agreement between joint holders regarding the use of proxy is needed. The vote is granted upon initial down payment for the share as agreed by the Company.
However, if payment of the share becomes overdue the shareholder may lose voting right. Reference:  Constitution Clauses 4 and 15 
(ii) One person can hold no more than one share.   Each share can be held jointly by no more than four persons.
(iii) Shareholders/members will have a right to access all Company information including, but not limited to, financial statements, accounting books, work logs, etc.  This information will be kept in
a secured area with access provided to each shareholder.  Until such time as this is set up each member can access information through the Secretary and/or Treasurer.   -  Reference: 
Constitution Clause 30
(iv) To each share is attached the right to erect and occupy one dwelling and associated structures on the site designated in the Management Plan and allocated at the time of purchase.  
NOTE:  Legally the Company owns the land and all the improvements.  The Company will therefore grant a lease to the shareholders for their dwelling.  -  Reference:  Constitution Clause 2(b) 
(v) With restrictions and approvals the dwelling can be sublet.  -  Reference:  Lease Clause 10  
(vi) Each share will have a total land allocation of 1 Hectare as designated in the Management Plan. Sites will be allocated to shareholders on a first come first served basis on purchase of, or approved deposit on, a share.
NOTE:  Under the resource Management Act a lease of land for over 20 years is treated as a subdivision.  Instead, the Company will allocate a parcel of land to the shareholder, granting exclusive
use rights.   Shareholders can also "lease” additional land from the Company.  
(vii) The shareholder may request to lease part or all of their land allocation to people outside the Company.   All leases of this nature will require approval of the Company.   Permission will not be
unreasonably withheld.   Leases will require compliance to our Constitution and Bylaws. - Reference:  Lease Clause 10
NOTE:  The Company directors may also agree to lease appropriate common land, not including allocated sites to non-shareholders.   -  Reference:  Lease Clause 25
(viii) A shareholder is entitled to access all common land and community facilities. - Reference:  Lease Clause 19

B) Forfeiture
In the case of forfeiture, the Company will handle the entire process of transferring the share to a new shareholder.   Any outstanding payments and expenses will be deducted and the remaining proceeds provided to the forfeiting shareholder in a timely manner.   It should be noted that the Company retains a lien on the share until fully paid.   -  Reference:  Constitution Clause 2(f)

6 .     FINANCES
A) Mortgage
All shareholders are singularly and jointly liable for re-payment of the current mortgages.  For further details on the Mortgages see the legal documents held in the archives.

B) Ongoing Costs
(i) In  2005  each shareholder will be required to contribute  $30.00 per week to the ongoing management and maintenance expenses. - Reference:  Constitution Clauses 2(g) and 2(i), Lease Clauses 1 and 2
(ii) If a situation arises where the Company does not have enough funds to meet ongoing commitments, the Company may call on each shareholder to pay up to $500 a year to cover these commitments. - Reference:  Constitution Clause 2(h)
(iii) The Company Treasurer or Budget Committee, after consultation with the Shareholders, will submit a proposed Budget for the coming year to a shareholders' meeting held no later than
28th February for each financil year begining the 1st April.  The proposed budget will include all ongoing maintenance expenses including, but not limited to, rates, permits, administration,
insurance, legal and professional services, equipment and building maintenance, as well as any proposed and approved capital improvements.  All budget items, where appropriate, will be
broken down into material and labour components. 
(iv) The budget will be approved by normal decision process as specified in Section 5.  Decision Process and Meeting Procedures. 
(v) Shareholder/community members will have first option on contracting to do any required budgeted work for that year.  Any work contract will be proposed, discussed, and approved at the
monthly meetings and minutes of the meeting will serve as record of such agreement for work contract by shareholders/community members.  All work contracts will agree to a fair hourly
labour rate for jobs with a "not to exceed" clause specifying a total labour cost for the job.  Should the job exceed this cost, further approval will be required at a subsequent monthly
meeting with consideration of the budget position of the Company. 7.
(vi) The Company will maintain a monthly "billable hours worked" log book, and a budget position by job. 
(vii) All work done within the community, as agreed to in the budget, will be paid for by the Company, either by cheque by the 20th of the following month when the work is done, or with a credit
system against community dues for ongoing costs.
(viii) No payment will be made for work not budgeted or approved.  Any work done in this manner will be considered purely voluntary and with kind consideration for the good of the land and

C) Overdue Accounts 
(i) If a shareholder is late for any payment due to the Company, the late payment will incur interest at 2% per month on the outstanding debt.  
(ii) The Company will send a letter notifying the overdue shareholder of the overdue amount and providing a period of 60 days to remedy the outstanding debt. 
(iii) If the account is not settled within the 60-day period, the shareholder will lose his/her voting rights until the account is settled.   Additionally, unless appeal is made and accepted by all the
other shareholders, an overdue shareholder may be required to sell his/her share(s) in the manner specified. - Reference:  Constitution Clause 21.2
(iv) It should be noted that in the case of joint holders any/all holders are liable for debt to the Company.  Therefore, the risk is with the joint shareholders and should be managed by them


A) Consensus
Consensus decision making is based on an agreement to reach agreement, and a shared feeling that the best decisions reflect the thinking and agreement of all members in our group.  Those 
directly affected by a decision are involved in the decision.  Consensus is not unanimity.  It is not necessary for every person in the group to feel that this is the solution that they would most want
or even think best.  Members may feel, however, that this is the best solution that can be reached at this time and under these circumstances.
At any point in this process an outside facilitator or mediator can be used.

Ground Rules or Meetings
- We use "I" statements - speak personally, not on behalf of others.
- We don't interrupt.
- We speak concisely and to the point.
- We start and finish on time.
- We keep all personal content confidential.
- We value and respect each person's contribution.
- We undertake to keep relationships within the group clear by dealing with any problematic issues directly with the person concerned.

B) Meetings
i) Meetings shall be held on a regular basis and at least monthly.  There shall be a report on finance, budget position, all jobs in process, any committees established and other agenda items
as required.  Times will be set for the next meeting.  Any other meetings will generally require two weeks notice.   Reference:  Constitution Clauses 16 and 17
ii) All shareholders are equal and have equal rights.  If more than one person holds an interest in a share then only one person will vote on behalf of the others.  Other interested parties can speak
by leave of the meeting.
iii) The meeting shall elect a facilitator who does not have a casting vote. 
iv) Minutes shall be kept for each meeting and be accessible to all shareholders.8.

C) Quorum
The quorum for an ordinary meeting shall be MORE than 60% of shareholders or proxy holders. In the case of a Resolution Meeting the quorum shall be all of the directors or their proxies. 
In the case of no quorum being reached at the first Resolution Meeting a further resolution meeting is to be scheduled.  All directors will be notified of this meeting in writing.  At the 2nd resolution 
meeting the quorum must be 80% of all directors (or their proxies).

D) Proxy
Any director may give his/her proxy vote to another shareholder who then becomes a voting shareholder.  No shareholder may hold more than one proxy.  A director can appoint a proxy for a
continuous period of 1 year, after which the director has to attend a meeting in person.  Reference: Constitution Clause 17. 6

E ) Decision Process
For an ordinary meeting the fundamental decision making process shall be via 'consensus' of all the shareholders attending the meeting.  If consensus cannot be reached at the meeting a further meeting will be held to try and resolve issues in order to reach consensus.  If consensus still cannot be reached the decision can be deferred to a Resolution Meeting.  At the resolution meeting a vote by directors shall be taken.  A majority of 80% of the directors or voting shareholders as defined under  B) & C) above, shall be required to pass a decision.
'Special' Resolution Meetings
A 'Special' Resolution Meeting is Required for the following instances:
1. The voluntary winding up of the Awaawaroa Bay Ltd.
2 Changing or removing the "Use of Sprays" Bylaw 2-C.
A special resolution meeting must be attended by ALL directors or their proxies and Consensus Decision Making is required(ie. 100% agreement

F ) Special Meetings
Meetings can be called at any time under the Constitution.  It is anticipated that special meetings would be required for Budget Planning.  This meeting is required before the beginning of each new financial year to approve the budget as submitted by the Treasurer.  Any items for inclusion must be submitted by the Treasurer.  Any items for inclusion must be submitted with appropriate justification and quotes at least one month prior to this meeting.

G ) Annual General Meeting
This meeting is to be held within 6 months of the end of each financial year (31 March).  Notice to be sent to all members' last known address at least 14 days beforehand.  The agenda for the AGM is to include:
(i) Confirmation of minutes from the last AGM. 
(ii) Submission and acceptance of reports from all committees.
(iii) Submission and acceptance of the annual financial statements.
(iv) Confirmation of committee members.
(v) Any other business which has been notified to the Secretary prior to 7 days before the AGM.
(vi) Any other business by leave of the meeting.9.

No.1 - Building Materials
Most Acceptable Materials - sustainably grown wood, mud bricks, earth, straw bale, recycled woods of all types excluding copper/chrome/arsenic treated pine, corrugated iron, clay tiles.           
Considered - aluminium joinery     
Not Acceptable - exposed concrete block base, brick veneer, vinyl weather boards, hardiplank weatherboards, metal weather boards, vinyl windows, CCA Pine, hardwoods from non-sustainable sources.
No.2 - Organic Table
The following table is a basic guide for acceptable gardening and land use  practices at Awaawaroa Bay EcoVillage.  For more comprehensive and specific guidelines see the NZ Standard NZS 8410:2003 for Organics or the Bio-Gro Standards.
Chemical Fertilizers eg. Yates “Thrive” 
Compost, Compost Tea, Seaweed, Comfrey Tea, Fish, Worm Casts or Juice, 
Manure from Organic Animals eg. Certified Sheep Pellets
Yates Certified Organic Nitrosol (Fish or Blood & Bone)
Rock phosphate
Chemical Pesticides -
eg. Yates “Mavrik”
Pyrethrum and Garlic, Diatomaceous Earth for slugs and snails, Hand removal of slugs and snails at night. 
Bronze Beetles - shake trees, shake beetles into a container of hot water, cover trees with frost cloth during the beetle season.
Digital removal of caterpillars and beetles
Rhubarb Juice
Soft Soap for aphids
Fatty Acids (potassium salts)
Mineral Oils
Derris Dust
Bacillus thuringiensis (BT)
Chemical Herbicides 
Round-Up (glyphosate)
Boiling Water, Gas blow torch, weed mat, manual removal, woollen carpet,
card board, newspaper etc.
Bio-Gro Certified “Interceptor”
Fatty acids
Chemical Fungicides 
eg. Yates - “Bravo”
Copper hydroxide
Baking Soda
Vegetable Oils
Genetically Modified plant
material eg. seed, cuttings
Organically sourced seed and cuttings
Animal feed with genetically
modified ingredients.
Organically sourced animal feed.
Be wary of products that say they are “Organic” - they must be “Certified Organic” which means there will be a certification emblem or logo somewhere on the product.10.
No . 3   -   E x ce p t i o ns   t o  NZ   S ta n d a r d   8 4 1 0 : 20 0 3
We comply with NZS 8410:2003 Organic Production with the following exceptions:
5.1.3  We may choose not to do so. (This relates to a requirement to establish under storey plants or mulch in
orchards etc.)
5.2.2   We mostly, but not always, use organic seeds or propagating material. (This means that we can buy
seeds or a punnet of flowers from a shop or take a cutting from a roadside plant. However no GMOs.) 
8.3.1   It is acceptable to bring in female breeding livestock from non-organic sources (however in case of
production for sale the standard must be complied with). It is also ok to send animals off farm for mating. Supplementary feed can be from non organic sources (however note 8.4.8).
(This means that if someone runs out of organic chook food, they can buy it from the supermarket, say, as long
as it is GE free.)
8.11.3  Beehives can be placed anywhere on the property in consultation with people here.
(This is because there is nowhere on this property where a hive would be 3 km from non organically managed
Sections 10, 11 and 12 do not apply.  (They relate to processing, packaging, storage, transport, labelling,
advertising, retail, wholesale and brokerage.)
Appendix A   It is not necessary to have a management plan or keep written records.        
Table B 1   Currently the specific conditions for animal manures and compost from plant material and animal
manures do not apply in the case of potting mix. This is due to the difficulty in obtaining suitable potting mix in
Table B 4   Add Indolybutyric Acid until more acceptable alternative found.  (This is a synthetic rooting
compound for cuttings.)