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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.

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The Koanga Institute is supporting one lucky winner to join our Appropriate Technology internship with a 50% discounted fee! Learn the design process for creative solutions, build on a super low- budget and gain practical skills (solar ovens, earth cooling systems, rocket stoves, bio char burners, aquaponics systems and more).
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Secure browsing

As of today, all traffic from permaculture.org.nz is being sent via secure (https) protocol. This is fast becoming the norm, although the site may be a little slower if you are on a poor Internet connection.
The change may have the side effect of stored passwords being lost, as your browser is only storing them for the standard (http://) url.

A study on the inverse relationship between farm size and yield

This 2006 study provides further support for the inverse relationship between size of landholding and productivity - ie that smaller farms are more productive per hectare than large farms. This relationship has now been well demonstrated in a number of countries

http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/policy_library/data/01382

Link to the Radio NZ coverage of a permaculture property last Friday

The promo explicitly mentioned permaculture, but I don't think the actual piece did. From the website:

"Motivated by the converging problems of environmental degradation, over population, peak oil and climate change, Olmec and Melisa Sinclair (above) have spent several years developing a block of land that focuses on resilient solutions for food production, shelter, energy and water..."

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/countrylife#audio-201774020

Mapping tools

I was pointed to this web-site by a neighbour for calculating pasture areas but found so much more. As well as the Area Calculator Tool which is as easy to use as clicking on a few points on a google map, giving you the area and perimeter in feet, meters, acres, kilometers and miles... there is also a Distance Calculator, Elevation Calculator, Geocode Tools, and a link to a Free Mapping Tool.

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