I’ll start off with some general comments before moving on to some of the specific projects we have had going on this year.
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.
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...
Well, the election is over and we can all go back to what we were doing. The nature of the Government remains largely unchanged and the issues that the permaculture movement faces remain pretty much the same. The ten year strategy that we are developing is all about helping us keep a clear direction....
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.