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.
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.
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.
A small group of Aucklanders and near Auckland affiliated got together at the Hui taking heart from the wonderful happenings in the top of the South.... determining to bring NZ's largest city back on line with regional meetings. Avril has kindly volunteered her time to steer these occasions as Auckland's newest bio-region co-ordinator and showed she's serious about having some fun together. Collaborating with the other 5 North based attendees from the bio-region discussion at Hui on ANZAC weekend, she prepared flyers, took RSVP's and ensured all bases were covered.
The questions asked at conference make apparent the particular audience attending and the answers demonstrate the depth of diversity in their consciousness as a whole... so I nodded gratefully when on ANZAC weekend I heard the question, “What's your favourite shape?” (tessellating matrices of an apple core – tennis ball like... for future reference).
You are warmly invited to be part of a group of people who are keen to grow the permaculture community in Auckland and share permaculture-based learnings and activities.
Our first get together includes:
A potluck shared lunch (plus byo your choice of herb tea, coffee)
Fast-paced pecha kucha-styled* presentations on permaculture- related topics
A guided site tour of Earthsong, a cohousing development that models sustainable urban living
See details in the "Other Events" page!
Taranaki is hosting it's first regional permaculture hui! Check out "Other events" page for details...
I'd forgotten to ask for directions when I arranged to visit La'akea Permaculture Community so I had to stop for help in Pahoa. I stumbled upon The Locavore Store, which was full of great local fresh produce as well as sauces, balms, oils and things, and I swapped stories about food and politics with the friendly people tending the store. They offered me the use of their phone to ring the community.
Come and join our community!
Due to a departure, one of our community-owned houses is available to rent from mid-July. "Nga Kereru" is a late 1970's hand-built cottage, with kitchen, living area, loft bedroom, small bedroom, and bathroom (shower & toilet). Off-grid: Solar power + share of hydro power, currently 225AH storage, due to be doubled. Concrete drive with garage, woodshed. Outdoor fire bath.
House rent is $70pw, plus land rent of $30pw per adult. Residency is on 12 month trial basis: Once accepted as a full resident you may apply to build.