Jo Say is a property developer and a life coach, based in Nelson.
In 2020 Jo formed the Hemp Building Association of New Zealand which aims to represent and promote Aotearoa’s emerging hemp construction industry. HBANZ assists potential hempcrete builders gain practical knowledge and establish useful connections, to support their hemp builds.
Jo is in the process of establishing New Zealand’s first hempcrete village on her land in central Nelson, which potentially will create 15 homes, all constructed from hemp.
As an ex high school teacher, Jo has a focussed passion to educate New Zealand about the positive impact that building with hemp can have: Not only can it help transform our infamously poor quality housing, but it can also play an important role in mitigating the impact of the global climate crisis.