I’ll start off with some general comments before moving on to some of the specific projects we have had going on this year.
The 2017 National Permaculture Hui for Permaculture in New Zealand will be held in Kaiwaka, Northland over Anzac Weekend 22nd - 25th.
It will be held in the Kaiwaka Sports Association and the adjacent primary school with an emphasis on camping for accommodation to take advantage of Northland's balmy weather. The Sports association is historically significant as one of 3 venues of the first international Permaculture Conference after Bill Mollison taught a PDC in New Zealand in the mid 80s. It is a hub of community life in Kaiwaka hosting most major events.
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 Hui is just around the corner now and we invite you to join us for inspiration, education and fun.
The hui starts 10am Saturday 23rd April and goes through to 11am Monday (ANZAC Day) 25th April.
It is located at Epworth - 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- Earth.
Keynote speakers include:
There has been an increase in people wanting to obtain permaculture education. Hence more PDCc have become available. Here is a list of regions that I know of, who are holding, have held or planning to present the PDC, either modular or 2 week intensive
It's good to take stock at the end of the year and have a think about what you've done over the last solar cycle. This is true for organisations as much as it is for individuals, so the AGM report is a great opportunity for the Council and PiNZ to do a bit of a collective reflection.
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.
The 2014 Annual General Meeting of Permaculture in New Zealand Inc. will be held at Tapu te Ranga Marae, Rhine St, Wellington, on Friday 25 April 2014 3.10pm, in the main marquee.
Read the article for the Agenda.