For those of you that experienced the outreach work of the 'Localising Food
Tour' between Oct 2012 and June 2103, attending presentations, workshops or
engaged in documentary interviews, and are curious what eventuated after
the tour, we have some news for you! After beavering away putting in
thousands of volunteer hours and Crowd Funding supported editing time,
working on the documentary material captured on the tour, the 1st of the 6
themes filmed, ‘Growing Schools’ is finally available for downloading on

Where do I plant that fruit tree?

Identifying your site’s “habitats” is the most important factor in matching the right fruit or nut tree to the right spot. By ensuring the plant has as many of the favourable conditions it evolved with as possible, it’s more likely to flourish and furnish you with a crop of fruit, nuts, or berries… writes Bena Denton, my colleague and fellow permie.

To read the whole article plus photos, click here to go to GreenBridge's blog...

Coromandel Permaculture Design Course in 2016

The popular Permaculture Design Course is on again this year at the Te Moata Retreat Centre in Coromandel. Te Moata is the ideal place for a winter course as everyone can be accommodated at the centre in comfy bunk rooms or there are also some double rooms. Cosy warm fires are an added comfort. The course fulfills the standard requirements of the international permaculture curriculum. Tutors Trish Allen and Daniel Tohill have been practicing permaculturists for many years and draw on this experience and knowledge in their teaching.


Hi from the Hui organising team. Plans are well underway for this years hui so make sure you keep Anzac weekend free for inspiration, education and fun. This year, the hui will run from April 23-25 and be located at a quiet and private retreat situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River at Lake Karapiro. To recognise the importance of the river to our region and the interconnectedness to our lives here, the theme will be Wai Whenua: Water & Land.

Summer Newsletter editorial

Well this edition is either really late or slightly early. It which means I was able to capture more of the wonderful things that have recently being posted on the website. As well as advice on choosing land from Kama of Greenbridge in Taranaki, courses in Raglan pre-Hui, and other opportunities for permaculturalists, registrations have opened for THIS YEARS HUI beside the Waikato River.

Call out for new Council members

The PiNZ Council needs some new members to come aboard at this years AGM. We are particularly looking for the following skill sets:

- Admin
- Communication
- Financial control
- Fundraising/Grant Writing
- Merchandising
- Promotion

Please have a think about it if you think you might have something to contribute and get in touch if you want to discuss it further. We meet by skype about 1 - 1.5hr per month and have a Face to Face 4 times a year (including at the hui).

Smart Planning for an Edible Garden

Get the relationships right between elements in your garden to maximise efficiency and abundance, writes Bena Denton, my colleague and fellow permie...

I love gardening. Even more, I enjoy the satisfaction of surveying a lush, productive landscape… maybe even more than eating the produce! … Until my fresh basil goes onto our pizza, or I look down at my plate and see that this evening everything is from our garden - that’s the ultimate!

Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2016 in Raglan

Kia ora permaculture friends,

in April 2016 we offer our popular Permaculture Design Certificate Course again at Solscape in Raglan, New Zealand.
The course starts at April 8th and finishes at April 22nd 2016. The tutors are Rick Thorpe, Liz Stanway and the Raglan Permaculture Community.

Metservice Gardening Advice - Bioregionalize?

If you go to the Metservice website and click on the town or city nearest to you, you will see a little panel of 'this month is your garden' advice to the right-hand side of the weather report. It's a neat little feature, with tabs covering 'getting started', 'veges', 'flowers', 'fruits', and 'pests', and a good way for the ordinary kiwi checking the weather to get exposed to gardening information aimed at beginners.


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