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Richard Barge

Richard is co-owner of two hemp companies—Hemptastic NZ Ltd. and Hemp Seeds Foods Ltd, which take pride in using 100% hemp that is 100% New Zealand made, while striving to use an ethical and sustainable approach to the use of resources and the environment.

He also serves as Deputy Chair of the NZ Hemp Industries Association (NZHIA), a non profit organisation involved with promoting and developing a sustainable iHemp industry for New Zealand. NZHIA supports bio regional developments centered around the sustainable production of seed and natural fiber crops, grown and processed locally.

As a qualified accountant, Richard has worked in practice and industry in New Zealand and the UK. Richard has been involved in the industrial hemp (iHemp) industry since 1994.