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Aotearoa Hemp Alliance

Board Chair

The Aotearoa Hemp Alliance was established in 2020 to enable and facilitate commercial pathways to market for low THC Hemp derived products in New Zealand and abroad, by engagement with parallel industry partners, regulatory bodies and government, that will support the successful development of a regional Hemp industry in New Zealand. 


The founding members of the alliance are three vertically integrated Hemp companies located in three diverse regions of New Zealand – Midlands (Canterbury), KANAPU Hemp Foods (Hawke’s Bay) and Hemp Connect (Horowhenua).  


The ambition of the alliance is to achieve changes to current NZ legislation for Hemp and CBD that will open-up new and existing opportunities for growth, enabling better farm-gate returns and an economically sustainable industry for the regions.


Andrew is Board Chair of the Aotearoa Hemp Alliance, and a founding member representing Midlands.


Alongside his involvement with the alliance, Andrew is a Director and Shareholder of the Midlands group of companies and Board Chair of Pure Oil New Zealand, a partner company of Midlands.  Andrew has led Midlands involvement in the Hemp seed supply chain in both New Zealand and Australia, and this involvement dates back to the companies first Hemp seed harvest in 2002.