OUR HISTORY.

For over 5,000 years, hemp has been used for textiles, paper, building materials, fuel, food and personal care products. Hemp is grown all over the world with little or no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides & is used to make all kinds of consumer products, from clothing to house wares, natural cosmetics, even a car!

Hemp is the ancient, eco-friendly fibre of the future & here is a slice of our small but important contribution to Hemp History in New Zealand:

  • 1994 – National Government place moratorium on the issuing of licenses to grow Industrial Hemp.
  • September 1997 – Release of Commercial Cultivation Of Cannabis Sativa For Production Of Industrial Hemp Legislative And Security Aspects Of Recent Australian Trials. Dr G R Boyd, Chief Advisor, Regulation and Safety, Ministry of Health, New Zealand.
  • 1998 – NZHIA publish “The 5 Minute Guide to Industrial Hemp in New Zealand.”
  • February 1998 – The Government Interagency Working Party first meeting.
  • June 2000 – The moratorium imposed on the issuing of licences to grow industrial hemp by the National Government in 1994 was lifted on the 20th June 2000.
  • August 2000 – First “Inter-Agency Meeting on Cultivation of Industrial Hemp.”with Government Subcommittee.
  • December 2000 – In essence the Sub Committee’s recommendations are: “that the emphasis should change to on whereby any organisation that can meet the licensing, security and other requirements, including funding the trials, should be allowed to make submissions and become licensed to trial industrial hemp.
  • April 2001 – Minister of Health announces Ministry of Health is accepting applications to be licensed to grow Industrial Hemp.
  • Sept 2001 – Midlands Seed Ltd is granted 1 of the 11 licenses issued by Medsafe to grow Industrial Hemp Seed.
  • January 2002 – Oil Seed Extractions Ltd releases Hemp Seed Oil under the brand ‘Sustainable Seed Oils’ to the New Zealand market
  • Feb/March 2002 – First Industrial Hemp THC testing takes place.
  • March/April 2002 – Midlands Seed Ltd completes first Hemp Seed harvest.
  • 2001/2002 – A360 Food Safety Assessment Report completed for the sale of hemp seed as a food. The recommendation from the Final Assessment Report is removal of the total prohibition on the use of Cannabis spp. in food and the establishment of maximum levels for THC in specified foods.
  • Late 2002 – Australian and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (ANZFRMC) ignores A360 recommendation and maintains prohibition of hemp seed oil and foods in NZ and Australia.
  • 20 December 2002 – Food Standards Code established and exemption granted to hemp oil for sale in New Zealand.
  • 2001-2005 – Ongoing establishment of regulatory framework for NZ Industrial hemp and continual extensions of trial protocols
  • August 2005 – ‘Sustainable Seed Oils’ brand for Hemp Seed oil is changed to ‘new hemisphere™’.
  • October 2005 – Australian and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (ANZFRMC) again ignored the A360 recommendation and maintain prohibition of hemp seed foods in NZ and Australia. Vote was 4 for 5 against, with the major concern being that condoning hemp seed food would send mixed messages to children.
  • February 2006 – Administration and management of the ‘new hemisphere™’ Hemp Seed Oil brand shifts from Oil Seed Extractions to New Horizons/NZFC in Auckland.
  • 2006 – ‘new hemisphere™’ exhibits Hemp Seed Oil at the Auckland Food Show.
  • August 2006 – Industrial hemp is now legal to grow under licence in New Zealand following the 1 August release of the Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 and the misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2006.
  • August 2006 – Finola, USO31 & Fasamo Cultivars approved by Ministry of Health Medicines Control.
  • November 2006 General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd Approved Cultivars – USO31
  • December 2006 – Research & Breeding Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd Cultivars – Aotearoa1/ Benico/ Epsiolon68/ Fedora17/ Feina32 / Ferimon/ Futura75 & Santhica27
  • February 2007 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Oil Seed Extractions Ltd Approved Cultivar – Fasamo
  • February 2007 – Midlands Seed Ltd hosts Industrial Hemp Field Day which was sponsored by National Bank of NZ Ltd & Sustainable Hemp Co-Operative – Research Sponsors: Oil Seed Extractions Ltd, Midlands Seed Ltd, FAR, Biopolymer Network, new hemisphere™, PPCS Limited, Plant Research (NZ) Ltd, Winslow Feed Ltd.
  • December 2007 – General & Research & Breeding Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd Approved Cultivars – Fasamo/USO31 Non Approved Cultivars – Epsilon68/ Felina32/ Futura75/ Fedora17/ Ferimon12 & Santhica27
  • September 2008 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Oil Seed Extractions Ltd Approved Cultivar – Fasamo
  • September 2008 – Administration and management of the ‘new hemisphere™’Hemp Seed Oil brand returns to OSE
  • February 2009 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Oil Seed Extractions Ltd Approved Cultivar – Fasamo/Finola
  • February 2009 – Markitable launches the ‘new hemisphere™’ website www.nzhempoil.co.nz
  • August 2009 – Research & Breeding Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd Approved Cultivars – Fasamo/USO31 Non Approved Cultivars – Epsilon68/ Felina32/ Futura75/ Fedora17/ Ferimon12 & Santhica27
  • August 2009 – Midlands Seed Ltd apply to Ministry of Health for Approval of Cultivar of Industrial Hemp Ferimon12

OUR HISTORY.

  • October 2010 – Ministry of Health Medicines Control Approve Cultivar of Industrial Hemp Ferimon12
  • October 2010 – New Zealand Gazette No.152, page 3672 Approved Cultivar of Industrial Hemp Ferimon12
  • January 2010 – Midlands Seed Ltd apply to Ministry of Health for Approval of Cultivar of Industrial Hemp Fedora17
  • March 2010 – Ministry of Health Medicines Control Approve Cultivar of Industrial Hemp Fedora17
  • March 2010 – New Zealand Gazette No.32 Approved Cultivar of Industrial Hemp Fedora 17
  • June 2010 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd Approved Cultivars – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon12
  • August 2010 – OSE appoints Brand Manager for ‘new hemisphere™’
  • August 2010 – OSE releases Hemp Seed Oil Capsules under the ‘new hemisphere™’ brand
  • 2010 – OSE offers new hemisphere products to the Trade Me audience
  • Oct/November 2010 – Appoint overseas distributor for the Japanese Supplement Market.
  • November 2010 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Oil Seed Extractions Ltd Approved Cultivar – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon12
  • November 2010 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd Approved Cultivars – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon12
  • A1039 – Low THC Hemp as Food Assessments completed with FSANZ (Food Standards Australia & New Zealand)
  • December 2010 – Markitable launches revised ‘new hemisphere™’ website www.nzhempoil.co.nz
  • January 2011 –  General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Oil Seed Extractions Ltd – Approved Cultivar – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon12
  • March 2011 – Oil Seed Extractions Ltd & Midlands Seed Ltd submit public comment to FSANZ to support A1039 – Low THC Hemp as a Food.
  • May 2011 – Oil Seed Extractions attains NZFSA Food Safety Programme Certification
  • May 2011 – Midland Seed Ltd attains Asure Quality Food Safety Programme Certification
  • November 2011 –  FSANZ complete the assessment of the A1039 application & public comments submitted in support of low THC Hemp as a Food.
  • December 2011 – FSANZ sort further public comment on the application A1039 – Low THC Hemp as a Food – a timeline has been put in place by FSANZ for the board to complete approval of A1039 – Low THC Hemp as a Food by late October 2012.
  • December 2011 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd – Approved cultivars – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon 12
  • January 2012 – new hemisphere website upgraded to allow purchases direct from the website
  • February 2012 – OSE apply for approval to supply H2000 stores.
  • March 2012 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Oil Seed Extractions Ltd Approved Cultivar Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon12
  • April 2012 – OSE’s new hemisphere Hemp Seed Products approved by H2000 Product Assessment Board to supply H2000 stores.
  • May 2012 – First production of Hemp Protein for Export
  • May 2012 – Oil Seed Extractions attains NZFSA Food Safety Programme Certification
  • May 2012 – Midlands Seed Ltd attains Asure Quality Food Safety and HACCP Programme Certification
  • Sept 2012 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd – Approved cultivars – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon 12
  • Sept 2012 – Research and Breeding Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd, Non approved cultivars – Felina32/Epsilon68/Futura75
  • Oct 2012 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Midlands Seed Ltd – Reseach Farm – Approved cultivars – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon 12
  • Nov 2012 – First trial production Hulled Hemp Seed
  • Dec 2012 – FSANZ reviewed Low THC Hemp as a Food and have asked for a further review with the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Services. This will be reviewed in late October 2013.
  • Mar 2013 – Successful Hemp Harvest completed
  • April 2013 – General Industrial Hemp Licence granted to Oil Seed Extractions Ltd Approved Cultivar – Finola/USO31/Fedora17/Fasamo/Ferimon12