About Brown Owl

Brown Owl Team members standing outside Brown Owl Shop and branded retro van.

Brown Owl's dedicated staff and committee members work hard to bring you the organic food you love.

We are a non-profit organisation that began as a co-op over 12 years ago, and are still served by dedicated volunteers who are passionate about organic food and community.

Our Annual General Meeting happens in winter each year, and we ask all members to please make an effort to attend. We need your input and it's a great chance to meet other members.

If you would like to get more involved, volunteer a few hours a week or have an important idea to share, please contact us at operations@brownowl.nz

Team Brown Owl

Te Aroha Goodwin

Operations Manager & Shop Manager

I hope to see you instore sometime, or you can email me on operations@brownowl.nz

Lisa Canning

Senior Retail Assistant


Janine Cotter

Chairperson & Shop Volunteer

Brown Owl founder, mother, small farm-holder, former Rudolf Steiner kindergarten teacher, Janine has always been attracted to everything natural. She believes that there is a real need in Rotorua to enhance our health and wellbeing through eating safe, nutritious food, so in 2010 she formed Brown Owl in order to make it affordable to do so. She has been deeply inspired by the permaculture movement.

Dina Wickers


My background and expertise is in Administration Management, Business Support, and Information Management. Beyond numbers and balance sheets, my passion lies in promoting natural health and wellbeing. As founder of Goodness Me! by Dee, I’m all about empowering natural health journeys, mostly through hands-on fermenting workshops, educating on gut health and embracing holistic wellbeing. I’m delighted to be supporting the wonderful organic service provided by Brown Owl to the Rotorua community.


Johnelle Hosking

Committee Member – Secretary

I'm a Career and Business Confidence Coach who has been empowering individuals since 2016. I have dedicated my career to helping women, in particular, take charge of their financial futures through career progression and business development. I absolutely love the mission of Brown Owl Organics and love doing my bit for the local community. 


Anja Telfer

Anja Telfer

Bagging Manager, Committee Member


Kelly Osborne

Committee Member

Being a lover of health and well-being and seeing first hand the benefits of eating healthier, chemical free food; I've combined my skills and experience in marketing to help support Brown Owl Organics in their mission to provide affordable local organic produce. Join us in spreading the word.

Organic & Local


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