Local magazine 'Plenty' recently did a profile on me which mentions applying permaculture design thinking to economic and community development. It is written by Jenny Michie. Explicit discussion is very brief, but here is the relevant extract in case anyone is interested:
Last weekend the new PiNZ Council had our first proper face to face meeting. The venue was the Ecomatters building in New Lyn, which was a great place to meet, with plenty of space, wifi, kitchen etc. They even have an outdoor pizza oven which we made good use of on Saturday night. Thanks to Guenther for organising such an excellent space for us.....
I’ll start off with some general comments before moving on to some of the specific projects we have had going on this year.
I have been involved in discussions about improving the PiNZ website at permaculture.org.nz since about 2009, when I set up the Aotearoa Permaculture Network project on CoActivate.org to provide email lists for bioregional networks, intending to supplement the forum and events calendar offered by the existing website. I became more actively involved in 2012 when I joined the PiNZ Council.
The PiNZ Council needs some new members to come aboard at this years AGM. We are particularly looking for the following skill sets:
- Financial control
- Fundraising/Grant Writing
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).
Spring Equinox. What a beautiful time of the year. Flowers are coming out, I can feel it getting warmer and the parsley in my garden is starting to take off after meandering along all winter. Time to get more seeds in the ground...
Nga mihi mahana ki a tatou katoa
The assumption underlying what the PiNZ Council has been doing over the last couple of years is that permaculture's time has come. That idea has certainly been reinforced at our annual hui, where we have seen a flood of new energy and creativity mixing in with the tried and tested foundations of the movement. It is an exciting and inspiring combination...
Solstice greetings to all permaculturalists and friends. May your summer overflow with abundance.
A big thanks, first of all, to everyone who took part in the logo survey. About 82 people voted on-line and we have got a clear favourite....
Last weekend the national council for Permaculture in New Zealand (PINZ) got together in Hamilton. We meet up a few weekends a year to do the stuff that we can't really do on skype and it is a great opportunity to put in some serious hours together. This is my second year as chair of the council and I am really proud of what a great team we have. Many of us have been working together for a few years, and this year....
The AGM is an important part of this month's annual hui, and that includes the election of the Council. As always, we are looking for new Council members to help take Permaculture in New Zealand to a higher level of development.