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Permaculture in New Zealand's mission is to act as a national hub in promoting and empowering permaculture education, activism and advocacy in Aotearoa NZ.

Our website aims to help people interested in and practicing permaculture within Aotearoa to keep in touch and share information.

If you're new to the concept of permaculture and its strategies, the principles and ethics are a good starting point.

PiNZ Logo Vote

We are seeking a new logo for Permaculture in New Zealand, and will build a brand around it. Potential designs have been solicited and, including some offered a few years ago, are now being proposed to the membership. This Poll will use the Single Transferable Vote system (STV), which will result in one choice which has widespread support.

Adventures into Chin State

A few days before leaving NZ for my annual trip to Burma, a young man from Chin State and now living in Hamilton, came to see me at work. A mutual friend had told him I worked in Permaculture and he was keen to talk about the problems in his village. Thla Ro asked me if I would visit his home town, his uncle living there could speak sparingly english and they had concerns about their environment. Their problems were slash and burn agriculture; rubbish everywhere, especially plastic bags (a common problem in developing countries); and the killing of wild animals.

Update from the Chair

Well, the election is over and we can all go back to what we were doing. The nature of the Government remains largely unchanged and the issues that the permaculture movement faces remain pretty much the same. The ten year strategy that we are developing is all about helping us keep a clear direction....

Stefan Sobkowiak <> Beyond Organic NZ Tour

This two hour interview makes for an important addition to the knowledge shared in the Permaculture Orchard film. In it Stefan talks about the next piece of the puzzle, soon to be released from Miracle Farm.

The podcast which has just come online, would have gone longer if Stefan hadn’t excused himself to join a scheduled conversation with John Allan of APW and myself. We needed to talk about the Masterclass Stefan will be leading at Unitec Auckland next year, as part of theBeyond Organic NZ Tour.

For New Zealanders the survivalist concepts that are promoted in the lead-in may seem foreign, and you can of course skip them and jump to 8m:40sec, or you may wind up asking, what’s happening in the USA? There will always be a multitude of responses to the increasing uncertainty and rapid change that is underway across the world – as we each experience it.

Stefan looking seriousNow, onto the 2-hour interview with Stefan Sobkowiak and Jack Spirko on The Survival Podcast.

Up front we hear about Stefan’s background and having a Masters degree in both Biology and Landscape design, before learning what got him inspired to set up a Permaculture Orchard. We find a man with a deep desire to maximise the positive impact he can have on the world around him, and as the minutes turn into hours, we start to appreciate the gifts he’s offering.

Read the full article with time stamps from the podcast, on the blog at www.beyondorganicnztour.com 

Ooooby in the Waikato

Hi Permaculture people!
Just a quick note to let you all know that Ooooby (Out Of Our Own Backyards) has come to the Waikato and soon to be coming to other hubs around Aotearoa.
We are looking for growers and customers who want to be part of the grand shift towards a healthier, more resilient and more sustainable food system.
Ooooby is a "for-common-profit" enterprise, the primary purpose is to build a better food system, not to make money for a handful of private shareholders.
If you or anyone you know is interested in being involved check the website

Holistic Agriculture Library

Apologies if this is old news for everyone but me, but I just came across the Soil and Health on-line library. They ask for a one-time $US10 donation (not compulsory) to become a member and have a number of classics available as downloads, including such authors as Fukuoka, Pfeiffer and Yeoman. The url is http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/01aglibwelcome.html

Traditional Hawai'ian terraquaculture

For many visitors to Hawai'i the native people are almost invisible behind the caricature of plastic leis and aloha shirts. Yet Hawai'ian culture and identity is alive and well, observable most strongly in the resurgence of Pasifik voyaging and the powerful hula traditions. The traces of their sophisticated and complex ancient culture are apparent throughout the landscape, in the heiau (temples) that dominate many headlands and hilltops, in the traditional placenames that evoke their polynesian past and less obviously in the taro terraces now hidden by neglect.

Successful Taranaki Regional Hui

Around forty local permies (and almost twenty children!) turned up to Okurutua Marae at Oakura for a weekend of connecting and sharing.
Run entirely as Open Space, topics covered included building strong community, making biochar in a woodburner, growing mushrooms in a cardboard box and edible seaweeds. There were off-site visits to a local permaculture property and to the ancient Koru Pa site.
It was resolved that regional gatherings should happen several times a year (probably quarterly), and at a variety of venues around the region, although the marae worked really well.

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