Autumn 2021

April, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Autumn Newsletter

Cloudy autumn morning at Hinewai Reserve, an ecological restoration project on the Banks Peninsula, Canterbury



Warm air rolling in with the sound of tide meeting the shore, the sun just about to burn its way through to heat our day

Songs of the birds busy in their daily gatherings and viewings of the strangers stretching and waking on the balcony

We are blessed to feel the presence of this land, the peace, beauty and diverse life forms it holds from sea to mountain

Creatively use and respond to change has become forefront over the past few months of the PiNZ Council, as we try to anticipate our not so distant future. The space between "what could be" and "what is'' constitutes creative forces encouraging us to use creative thinking, test ideas and commit to a new pathway. Over the past two years, change has become a driver for PiNZ to evolve for example, with an online AGM and new ways of communicating. A new membership communications strategy is in development to include another means of having deep PC discussions outside of Facebook posts, new content for the website and personalised contact with members.

Over the past year, what is surprising is the profound increase in Facebook members doubling from 7,500 in March 2020 to what just hit 15,000 this week, with 12,000 located in New Zealand. Such great potential for making permaculture stronger in Aotearoa.

The current PiNZ Council had identified the following objectives to move the organisation’s direction from the AGM in August 2020 until the next AGM. 

These objectives are only a portion of the Living Strategy focuses, and on what only five people might achieve in such a short time. Each of us has our own passions/skills/agendas that we share on a volunteer basis to make permaculture stronger within Aotearoa.

We would welcome PiNZ members to help by considering being part of subcommittees, also on a volunteer basis, to add value to the organisational development where they can. 

Please connect with the Councillors who are driving the following objectives over the next month:

  1. Develop and maintain a financially robust economic model: Clare
  2. Upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi: All Council Members
  3. Support tangata whenua in their aims: Donna and Dave
  4. Maintain effective Membership Administration: Lillee, Donna, and Clare
  5. Coordinate Annual Permaculture Hui: Dave, Lillee, and the local PC Hui team
  6. Maintain engaging web and newsletter presence: Lillee
  7. Internal Systems/Organisational Model: Clare, Leo, and Lillee
  8. Marketing, Social Media & Communications: Donna

Read the full PiNZ Council Report in the upcoming End of Year Report given at the AGM

2021 Permaculture Hui Postponed

The local team in Whanganui is working hard to offer an amazing Permaculture Hui in 2021. However, the host venue of this Hui - Te Ao Hou Marae - is undergoing renovations that are experiencing Council and contractor delays, meaning that the marae will no longer be available in April 2021.

The local team has made the tough decision to postpone the Permaculture Hui until later in 2021. It is now expected to be held around September - dates to be confirmed.

Te Ao Hou Marae is a pillar of the Whanganui local food movement, and PiNZ would like to thank Geoffrey Hipango and Te Ao Hou for all their support not just of PiNZ and the Hui, but community kai resilience and wellbeing in Whanganui.

PiNZ also thanks those on the local team in Whanganui - including Lee Williams, Martha Ponga, Emma Morris, Dani Lebo, Fiona Moorhouse and so many others. These amazing people are doing so much in these uncertain times to bring us all together again to learn and share.
We're sorry if this upsets your plans, and we appreciate that this is late notice. We are creatively adapting and responding to change, and treating this as an opportunity to offer an even more amazing Hui later in the year.

Confirmation of Hui dates will be made as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou
Dave Hursthouse
Permaculture in New Zealand



PiNZ will have a Special General Meeting during the week of May 3rd to May 9th to discuss a number of constitutional changes being proposed. More information will be released in the coming week.

Read more about the Permaculture in New Zealand Constitution & Permaculture in New Zealand Living Strategy.


A great way to still be involved in a permaculture gathering while waiting for the PiNZ Hui is to get involved with an activity on May 2nd for International Permaculture Day...

'It's a day to celebrate and take action for permaculture around the world, when visitors can see permaculture initiatives, ask questions, and decide for themselves whether the permaculture design systems has relevance to themselves, to the challenges we face, and to create communities that are resilient in the face of undesirable and unforeseeable impacts.'

Visit the IDP website to find out what's happening, and to get info to help support an event you wish to put on ... don't forget to promote through the PiNZ website as well to reach the New Zealand Permaculture community.

Jenny-Kaye Potaka and Pete Davis are running a ‘pop-up’ interim gathering in Otaki on the same weekend the Whanganui was schedule. This is for those who would like to still gather and have a chance to relax, talk, eat, debate and sit around fires with old and new PDC Graduate buddies.  For more detail see the event listed here

Featured Stories: Getting to Know ...

Angela Clifford

Is the Chief Executive of Eat NZ, owner of the Food Farm with her husband Nick and is a big advocate of food, wine and the conversations we collectively need and are having around the journey it takes from farm to table and back to the land.

"Every aspect of my life brings some amazing opportunities to connect people to our land, something I feel really strongly about. In fact, we have open days and teach other people how to grow their own food through seasonal workshops here on the farm."

Feast Matariki seeks to re-emerge these stories by creating our nation’s first (modern-day) national food celebration. Throughout the country, people will be taking the time to come together and share food, no matter what their heritage or background. It’s a moment to reconnect with where our food comes from and to recognise the truly incredible ingredients we grow, catch and make here. It’s also a time to acknowledge the manaakitanga or hospitality that is an intrinsic part of who we are as kiwis.                                                Read more Angela here


Niva & Yotam

Live in Thames on organic market garden & education centre for regenerative living. This was established by Harry Parke and Jeanette Fitzsimons in 1991, and joined by Niva, Yotam, Lily, and Dina Kay in 2014 and is now called Pakaraka Permaculture

"We are currently growing over 10,000 kg of food a season on a 1/3 acre of land, using organic regenerative no-till practices since 2014. We believe the future of food is in small-scale-diverse and local production, we are very passionate about growing nourishing food for our community. We specialize in growing fresh seasonal vegetables, salads, microgreens, and cut flowers."

Niva & Yotam have also been working on a book,

The Abundant Garden has simple, reliable strategies and techniques to help maximise your ability to feed yourself and share the abundance with those around you.

Read more about them here



Di Lucas,  Landscape Architect, ONZM

Di works in community-friendly planning and design processes for creative and sustainable solutions. Having skills in landscape assessment, landscape ecology and restoration, natural character analysis, community consultation, heritage values, sustainable resource management, creative problem solving and documentation. With four decades of work around much of Aotearoa New Zealand - often for iwi, community groups and public agencies - Lucas Associates seeks to make available some of the resource material they’ve developed.

Otautahi/Christchurch Indigenous Ecosystems Map,

Christchurch City Council has just launched, this month, an interactive map that teaches about the soils and historic indigenous vegetation in and around Christchurch. The map links to detailed 9 planting guides (created by Lucas Associates and are free to download) that are useful for restoration projects, landscape design, and school and backyard projects.

Coastal: AKEAKE - riroriro – ngaio, old dune ecosystem; PĪNGAO – kuaka - tauhinu young dune ecosystem

Dry Plains: HOUHERE - piwakawaka - kōhūhū, mid age plains system; KŌWHAI - pipit – mikimiki young plains ecosystem; TĪ KŌUKA - kotare – kānuka, mid-age plains ecosystem

Port Hills: KAIKŌMAKO - kotare, rich, valley floor ecosystem

Wet Plains: KAHIKATEA - kereru – mānatu, lush, older plains ecosystem; PUKIO - pukeko - karamū, peat plains ecosystem; TŌTARA bellbird – mataī, older plains ecosystem

Di Lucas is also involved in Integrated Farm Plans

"IFP which address GHG (greenhouse gas emissions), freshwater quality, indigenous biodiversity, and the landscape associated with individual farms ... transition production toward net Carbon Zero, healthy ecosystems, and sustainable landscapes. Dairy, sheep and beef, cropping, and high country farms are being addressed in terms of farm production from “cradle to farm gate”. 

Read more about Di here


Decolonising Your Puku – Indigenous Food Sovereignty

"How do our food systems impact our lands, waters, and whānau wellbeing? Join Jared Hiakita, Kelly Marie Francis, and Dr Jessica Hutchings to discuss approaches to food in Aotearoa that prioritise self-reliance and self-sustaining practices and promote indigenous food security.

Addressing the current broken food systems, hear how an indigenous food sovereignty movement is using Mātauranga Māori and principles of hua parakore and kaitiakitanga to increase availability and cultivation of kai, and heal both land and people."


These are the books mentioned in the zoom korerorero (linked above)...

Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook shines a light on Māori relationships with soil, as well as the connections between soil and food security, and frames these links within the wider discourse of tino rangatiratanga from a variety of Māori perspectives. 

Edited by Jessica Hutchings (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati) and Jo Smith (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha).

'The second print run has landed! We will be receiving the new print run by 26 March, at which point we will be fulfilling your orders.'

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Help catalyse the Socio-Ecological Learning Environment in Whanganui! 

A group of passionate young people from our PiNZ network are embarking on an ambitious crowdfunding campaign. 
They're aiming to raise the funds for their charitable education trust to purchase land to establish the Learning Environment - a campus that offers courses that heal, inspire and develop capacity for personal and collective resilience.

Land acquisition doesn’t qualify for most government or philanthropic grants in NZ, so there's a large gap that is instead being filled by their networks and community, who have already collectively raised a significant proportion. 

A fortuitous meeting with Murray Jones at the 2019 National Permaculture Hui in Riverton has led to this moment, where Pīwakawaka Farm is transitioning from one Permaculture generation to the next. 

To find out how this group plan to steward land regeneratively, now and into the future ... Learning Environment Crowd-funding page 



Culture Design with Joe Brewer and Morag Gamble. Episode 33 Sense-Making in a Changing World

'Culture designer, Joe Brewer who describes his work as being in service to humanity and the planet. . . bioregionally-embedded permaculture lives and focus on regenerative design and education globally.'


Ecovillage Summit  Living Solutions for a Regenerative World April 9- 15, 2021

The Summit will take place from April 9-15, 2021 and will showcase how ecovillages contribute to the mitigation of climate crisis and function as resilient communities of practice bringing concrete solutions and actions for earth restoration, economic revival, social regeneration and cultural celebration.

Courses & Events

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Fermentation Workshop

April 11th (All day)

Matakana, Auckland


  Introduction to Holistic Decision Making

Starts April 11th (&  June  17th)


Introduction to Permaculture

Starts April 17th

New Plymouth, Taranaki

The Living Wood Fair 

 April 17th & 18th

East Takaka, Golden Bay

The Resilient Farm Tour

April 24th 1-5pm 

Okoia, Whanganui


The Built Environment

April 24th & 25th

Christchurch, Canterbury

Permaculture 'Show & Tell'

April 26th 2-5pm 

Okoia, Whanganui


International Permaculture Day

May 2nd

Christchurch, Canterbury

Permaculture Property Tours

May 2nd

Matakana, Auckland


Food Forest Planting Day

May 8th  9am - 5pm

New Plymouth, Taranaki 


Introduction to Permaculture

Starts May 15th

Upper Hutt, Wellington


Invisible Structures

May 22nd & 23rd

Christchurch, Canterbury 


Compost, Plant, Propagation

May 23rd (All day)

Matakana, Auckland


 Intro to Permaculture

Starts May 29th

Upper Hutt, Wellington 

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course

Starts May 29th

Tairua, Coromandel 

 Urban Permaculture

Starts June 5th

Upper Hutt, Wellington  

Introduction to Permaculture


June 2nd (All day)

Christchurch, Canterbury


 Planning and Planting a Food Forest

Starts June 12th

Upper Hutt, Wellington 


Cultural Strengthening

June 19th & 20th

Christchurch, Canterbury


Animal Integration & Processing Workshop

June 20th (All day)

Matakana, Auckland


Mushroom propagation

Mushroom Log, Grafting & Pruning Practical

July 11th (All day)

Matakana, Auckland


Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course

Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course 

Starts September 6th (& 

Takaka, Golden Bay

Modular PDC Course

Starts September 18th

Christchurch, Canterbury

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National PiNZ Hui

September - TBC


Get in touch to promote your event or course on the PiNZ website & quarterly newsletter.

Seasoned permaculture educators, Robina and Finn have run several successful 5-day Permaculture Teacher Trainings together in the past. They are now getting several requests to do so again. Before putting significant energy into organisational logistics, they are intent to get a gauge of interest from people who are keen to develop their capacity to teach permaculture, for which there is a huge need in these challenging times.

If there is sufficient registration of interest to activate this training, its location will likely be based on the area with the highest concentration of responses. Currently, Christchurch is being considered. Timing will not be identified until after responses are collated.

If you are keen to attend a Permaculture Teacher Training, please let Robina know by email by 30th April to 
State your name; the area you live in and if you are prepared to travel elsewhere in the country; when and with whom you did your PDC; plus, your preferred month (and year) and unavailable months.

Check out these facilitators current permaculture education work:
* Finn Mackesy (Auckland Permaculture Workshop: and Resilio
* Robina McCurdy (Earthcare Education Aotearoa:,  Golden Bay Sustainable Living course:

 Becoming a Financial Member of Permaculture in New Zealand

Permaculture in New Zealand is a volunteer Charity Organisation, that relies on our financial memberships and our annual hui to cover the yearly running of our organisation. Thank you for your consideration.

If you love what we are doing and you wish to grow & strengthen PiNZ, please consider becoming a new or renewed member by Joining Up Hereyou can also update your details by login into your account through the website.

Staying Connected with Permaculture in New Zealand

Permaculture in New Zealand has a participant-based website - sign up as a website member and gain access to adding stories, events, resources to help shape and grow the knowledge database of Aotearoa's Permaculture. The stories we feature, like the ones above, come from our permaculture community, and we are always looking for more perspectives to highlight what is happening around Aotearoa… would you like to be featured in a future newsletter?

To submit a story or content to the newsletter, please email

before 10th June 2021

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