About PiNZ





Permaculture in New Zealand is a registered Incorporated Society with Charitable status and relies on membership subscriptions, donations, and proceeds from events for our income. 


Permaculture is a well-recognised and highly respected design approach with a growing number of practitioners who are at the cutting edge of thinking in their respective fields. To support this, Permaculture in New Zealand is a rapidly expanding and highly regarded network of permaculture practitioners and teachers that offers inspiration, support and information sharing to its members and the public, serviced by a small and effective council that acts to protect the integrity of the permaculture brand within New Zealand and that provides advocacy on a national level.


To promote the development and practice of permaculture in Aotearoa/New Zealand by:

  • Providing effective networking and information sharing
  • Endorsing permaculture teachers, awarding diplomas and supporting the development of different permaculture education pathways
  • Advocating for policy changes where these are important for the permaculture movement
  • Promoting permaculture through media and events and by proactively supporting a better public understanding of permaculture


Sit with the fundamental Permaculture Ethics: Earth Care; People Care; Future Care/ Fair Share.

Permaculture in New Zealand recognises He Whakaputanga and is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

To achieve these, we operate with:

Respect and valuing of diversity:

Co-operation, working as a team
Integrity and authenticity
Valuing the contributions of young and old

Decision making congruent with a purpose:

Consensus processes
Transparency and accountability
Clear, direct communication
Enjoyment and fulfillment


Willingness to change and evolve:

Permission to challenge and
preparedness to be challenged
Nurturing and supportive
Commitment to continued learning


 Permaculture in New Zealand is the oldest national permaculture organisation in the world.

Permaculture in New Zealand acknowledges that permaculture has its roots in indigenous knowledge and honours the ancestors who guide today’s re-learning. PiNZ recognizes the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa as the keepers of the ancestral wisdom and the language of this land and is committed to upholding the sovereign rights of Māori ensured by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.