Marion Thomson

Horticulture Tutor



Areas of Teaching

Horticulture Level 1,2,3 , Sustainable Lifestyles


Dip Rongoa, Dip Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao ( Te Wananga o Raukawa )


I am involved on many levels with individuals, groups, schools and communities who are all on the pathway to achieving the vision of an organic Aotearoa . People that are working to become more self reliant, growing their own organic food, supporting organic growers, buying local, and working towards a lower carbon economy.

I am currently a tutor for EIT / Tairawhiti Polytech  at Auntys Garden, Waipatu Marae. I am teaching fulltime levels 1-3 Horticulture Courses, which are free and marae based. I have been involved at Aunty’s Garden and at Waipatu Marae since the large garden for the community was developed in Spring 2010.  I have also taught over 100 whanau basic gardening, health, nutrition and cooking skills.through contracts with the HBDHB and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

This year I an completing the last papers of my Poutuarongo Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao PKP (Environmental Science Degree) and have completed a Heke Rongoa (Diploma in Māori Medicine and Healing) and Heke Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao (Diploma in Environmental Science ) at Te Wananga o Raukawa. I am the Certification Manager for Organic Farm NZ for the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne areas. I promote ecological sustainability on a daily basis through many different projects including: information and education, green waste and food waste recycling, organic certification (OFNZ), organic gardening, green building, restoration projects.

I am the current co – chair of  Soil & Health Association of NZ producers of Organic NZ magazine.