Summer 2017-18

December, 2017

Welcome to our summer issue...

2018 Permaculture Calendar: 
2018 marks the 10th year of the Permaculture Principles Calendar with Moon Planting Guide. Learn each of the 12 design principles over the course of a month and be reminded of suitable garden activities with daily icons and phase times according to our moon planting guide. Includes a handy rainfall / temperature chart to keep track of the year’s events and moon icons for north and south hemispheres. All proceeds from NZ sales go to wetland restoration. Available:

Council Update Sept-Dec 2017

The PINZ Council has been very busy since the September PINZ Newsletter, continuing our monthly voice meets and quarterly face to face meetings.
Our last face to face held in November in Auckland was a very productive gathering, with the available members of the Council working together to:

- Completed the final edit requests and testing checks needed for the new PINZwebsite.  This is a  massive task and we are making great progress!

- Researched funding opportunities available to assist and support the good work of the organisation.

- Developing the Communications Plan as a living document on is ongoing!

- Currently Exploring Scholarship opportunities

- Working with the Hui team leads Jo and Brian, to bring together the 2018 National Permaculture Hui to be held 10-13 May in the beautiful location of Waihi Beach, Bay of plenty. Costs are being finalised and tickets will be available online via the new Website upon launch where PINZ Members will receive a discount on the event. We hope you can make it!

The decision has been made to hold off on the Oceanic Convergence until PINZhas all its groundwork completed to allow for the time, energy and funds to make it a success.
These are exciting times and we are very close to completing some core tasks. We are looking forward to connecting with you all in 2018 with the new website as a powerful tool to bring us together.

Events & Courses
Kaitiaki Farm PDC Internship: 
The ECO School at Kaitiaki Farm (Whanganui) has developed a new model for delivering a Permaculture Design Certificate through aneight week residential internship. The programme balances content, process and reflection, while nurturing systems thinking skills. It’s about developing a way of thinking that recognizes the connections between diverse elements on the farm and how they interact in four dimensions (over time), along with the hands-on skills required to work effectively with cultivated ecologies. The low-cost programme provides access to top quality learning experiences for those who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend a traditional two week PDC.  Information:
Whanganui Permaculture Weekend: 
The 5th Annual Whanganui Permaculture Weekend was a great success despite challenging weather conditions September 9th and 10th. Participants travelled from around the lower north island to attend the weekend full of events ranging from property tours - both rural and suburban - a heritage seed.
Deep Ecology Retreat
 3 Day immersion into ‘’The Work That Reconnects”email: 
8-11th March 2018, Golden Bay NZ
Despair and Empowerment Work for healing our world. Drawing on the work of Joanna Macy, John Seed and Arne Naess, Deep Ecology will empower you to act on behalf of Earth with clarity, love and direction. Everybody is welcome. No previous experience necessary. For information, please contact
Social Permaculture Hui 
Invisible Structures
16-18 March 2018
Sixtus Lodge, near Apiti,
North of Palmerston North
Fees: Maximum of $100 per adult and $50 per child plus food contributions, assuming at least twenty-five participants. We aim to reduce or partially refund fees if final budget and participant numbers allow.

Early Bird Bonus: Better than a discount: Eat organic! Register and pay by 15 January and Sharon and Kirsty will be able to order organic food as part of an Organic Buyer’s Co-operative!

Give a Little Fundraiser Outcome

A huge THANK YOU!! to Matt King, NoNonsenseNana and Yvonne Steinemann for your generous donations and helping us to get Ego to the Permaculture Convergence!!

Although we fell short of the goal, the funds have been warmly received towards Ego Timor Leste’s travel costs. Andrew Stevenson decided not to attend the IPC and kindly donated his Conference fee to Ego who has successfully attended the IPC India 25th Nov 2017!

Keep an eye out for Ego’s upcoming written review of his experience, his plans moving forward as well as his progress reports in months to come.

“Have a safe and happy holiday season!” from the PINZ Council
Deadline for  next submissions : 10 April 2018


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