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The following is a Guest Post from Robert Guyton and is part of a series appearing over 12 Sundays. Other parts can be seen here.
Robert is a sustainability pioneer who along with his family grows the oldest food forest in NZ. A long time organic gardener, permaculturist and heritage orchardist, he’s a columnist, a regional councillor for Environment Southland, and an early climate change adaptor.
I have just heard the terrible news that Bill Mollison has passed over. This website has been created to collate memories and stories of the great man
Sleep with your ancestors Bill. May you rest in peace, knowing in your passing that your legacy grows each day.
(posted on behalf of Ross Marr, APC convenor)
Kia ora to all of our friends in New Zealand. APC13 will be held in Perth, Western Australia,
from October 2-5, 2016 with tours, workshops and courses to follow. Attendance and
participation is open to all people who have undertaken courses in permaculture and who
adhere to the ethics, practices and principles that permaculture is built on.
Attendees typically come from all over Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia, but we
Blessings to one and all.
I have to start by saying that it has been a hard year for council. We ended up with 5 members and this was just not enough people to cover all our responsibilities very effectively. In addition a number of council members had personal issues disrupting their lives, such as the multiple deaths of family members and friends, house moving etc. This mean that we were stretched pretty thin. Nevertheless we managed to get some important things done.
The international Bale Heart Award is the latest feather in Warkworth architect Graeme North's cap.
North is a building design pioneer in New Zealand using low impact natural materials including straw bales, unstabilised earthen walls and lime plasters.
He received the award at the International Straw Building Conference: Natural Building in the 21st Century in Methven, Canterbury in front of 200 delegates from 15 countries.
"I was utterly blown away, I wasn't expecting it at all," North says.
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).