About PiNZ

Permaculture in New Zealand is the oldest national permaculture organisation in the world. We are a registered charitable trust and rely 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 better public understanding of permaculture


The fundamental permaculture ethics are: Earth care; People 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

 Here is a list of the current PiNZ council