Summer 2019-20

June, 2020

Summer Solstice 2019 Newsletter

Time has definitely sped up these last couple of months and we are almost at the last summer solstice for this decade! My calendar is bursting with the summer goodness and there is great excitement for what is ahead for the rest of the seasons' delights. 

So to be fully prepared and to fit in the permaculture abundance out there we have brought out the newsletter early this month to make sure there is plenty of time to prepare!

Especially as this is our first shout-out that the National Permaculture Hui early-bird ticket sales are now open!

2020 National Hui this year is all about

'Sustaining Ourselves In Times Of Need'

With so much media around climate change and seeing these effects with our daily lives now, this is high on our agenda to bring about the understanding, connection, and possible solutions available to us. This hui is about growing our relationships with one another, having an abundance of resources, tools & knowledge, and give us the ability to take action and make changes that enrich our personal and worldly environment.

Read more about this years' Hui on the PiNZ Website

Our confirm offerings so far...

Karma Burwell - Regenerative Farmscapes

Trish Allen - Personal Empowerment & Change Making

Peter Horsely - The Cultural & Spiritual Significance of Nature

Alexa Forbes - Future-Focused Leadership

Hamish Randle & Rachel Rose - An Introduction to "New Forestry"

Nandor Tanzcos - Applying Holmgren's Design Principles in Social Design

Nelson Lebo - RetroSurbia: A NZ Case Study

David Hursthouse - He Awa Whiria / Re-Patterning Organisations

Jason Ross - Orchard Design Sharing & Discussion

Gary Williams - Permaculture Economics ... Capitalism is the Problem Not the Solution


For more information on the program click here

Whanganui Region is a beautiful place and with a wealth of adventures and attractions to see and be apart of... We have been collecting some of the highlights of the area so you can explore what you can do here if you have an extended trip to the region.  Here is some information on Accommodation & Travel 

Feature Stories

Starting a New Permaculture Journey in a New Country

Fiona Moorhouse - One of the National Hui Organisers has written about her return to NZ and the community she has found around her -  Click here to read the full story.


14th International Permaculture Convergence 


November 28th to December 4th, 2020

Hosted by the Ná Lu’um Permaculture Institute an organization that has been working for almost 20 years in different places in Latin America, the Caribbean Islands, and Europe. It has been generating centres of reference, training people and regenerating social and environmental systems. Its vision for the main theme of the 14th IPC Argentina is Children, Youth and Regenerative Education, with emphasis on the following 6 sub-topics:

Children and the reality of a critical future

Young people and the need for profound empowerment

Education that regenerates the Being

Education that regenerates Society

Education that regenerates the Landscape

Permaculture towards a vital Future


The two incredible days of the Conference will be full of presentations, demonstrations, and ideas about the permaculture design philosophy applied to the aforementioned subtopics. Through the different topics, we will be looking for real, practical and concrete solutions that lead us to create the necessary foundations to not only generate self-sufficiency but make life on the planet possible in the future.

The space of the Convergence is developing from scratch, built on the bases, principles, methods and design techniques of Permaculture. This event seeks to generate opportunities for practitioners of permaculture, people interested in the environment, in local and bioregional projects, alliances and national networks to participate and collaborate by learning, sharing and connecting more deeply with the subject.


The IPC Conference & Convergence is a gathering of practitioners of permaculture from around the world, people who are working with nature to design a better world. IPCs started back in 1984 in Australia and is the key global meeting point for the international permaculture network.

Click HERE for more information on this event

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Trish Allen, from Matakana, is a member of the International Permaculture Conference Council.  Trish writes: 

The IPC Council has been working for the last two years with Na Lu’um, the hosts of the next IPC in Argentina in November 2020, to support them stage this event. 

Na Lu’um has recently released their volunteer/apprenticeship program and will be taking people from next January 2020.   Na Lu’um is doing things a bit differently – their on-site volunteers will be called apprentices because they intend to teach people new skills and give people the chance to gain new knowledge from qualified instructors. 

If you are interested in any apprenticeship or volunteer roles before or during the event.... check out the information HERE

The Na Lu’um team, led by the passionate and inspirational founders Tierra Martinez and Beatriz Cruz, are going all out to publicise the conference and to present permaculture as a solution to climate change.  This year they taught and presented in 14 countries. And a member of the Na Lu’um team, Candida Shinn, has just presented to the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid (COP25) happening right now and also to the Social Summit for the Climate at Madrid University.

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Here is a little write up of about some NZ permaculturalist who went to India for 13th IPC in  2017


Empowered Activism Wānanga Scholarship Fund

The scholarship fund has been set up to ensure that anyone who has the fire and passion to raise awareness and make change in our world would be supported to do so, regardless of financial constraints. 

Earthcare Aotearoa has made Empowered Activism Training ticket prices as cheap as possible while providing a minimal koha for facilitators. The ticket price of $800 may still not be financially accessible for many people, as well as travel costs to get to Golden Bay. As such they have created this scholarship fund to ensure that those attending the wānanga are representative of our diverse communities, by having a variety of backgrounds (age, ethnicity, gender, region etc.). This means the funds gathered from this campaign will be used to support a variety of participants from across Aotearoa who otherwise would not be able to afford the training. 

Check out the Pledge-Me-Campaign to help support this fund.

So many beautiful gifts up for the reward of sponsorship!

The eight-day wānanga [learning experience] provides tools and skills for regenerative activism in Aotearoa / New Zealand. We are reframing activism, embracing the broad spectrum of change-makers; our front line resistors, our teachers and lawyers, our storytellers and artists, our performers and healers, our builders and gardeners. We explore how to make change while creating personal and collective resilience.

Earthcare Education Aotearoa — Supports the  Empowered Activism Wānanga to reach a truly diverse and representative population.  Also, see the Event section below for a link to the course and information

 PiNZ Chair Report & Council Update 

Kia ora koutou. Ko Dave Hursthouse tōku ingoa [my name is Dave Hursthouse]. In April 2019 I became heamana [chairperson] of Permaculture in New Zealand, and alongside an awesome PiNZ Council I have been working on all sorts of behind-the-scenes organisational mahi to make PiNZ thrive!

The 2019 Report updates on ... New Council ...  Annual Plan ... Transparency & Visibility ... Transparency & Visibility ... PiNZ Constitution ... Website & Newsletter ... Membership ... Hui ... Bioregional Support ... PEG ... Financial Robustness ... Wisdom Group ... Kai Oranga ...  Looking Forward


Membership Update

Kia ora!

Recently, the Permaculture in New Zealand (PiNZ) Council has been able to identify some critical issues with its Membership Database and has begun fixing these faults – which should significantly improve the Membership experience!

During this process, we have noticed that Memberships have that expired somewhere between 2013 and 2019 has not had renewal reminders. We would like to encourage you to re-join and invite you to renew your Membership if you would like. To do so, please visit the PiNZ website and re-register as a Financial Member.

We also ask at this stage that you update your membership details to make sure we have the latest info for you.
In the future, you will receive an annual email reminding you that your Membership will be about to expire without renewal. It will be simple for you to renew your
Membership at that stage. 

Check our brochure for membership benefits.

Ngā manaakitanga,
PiNZ Council Membership Secretary, 
Sean Murphy


Food Forest Course - Taranaki  January 25 - 26, 2020

Permaculture Design Certificate - Manawatu  February 1 - September 19, 2020

Timber Frame Tiny House Course - Golden Bay  February 2 - 8, 2020

Large Food Systems - Canterbury February 8-9, 2020

Permaculture Design Certificate - Auckland  February - November 2020

Permaculture Design Certificate - Golden Bay  February 22 - March 10, 2020

Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course - Golden Bay  March 8 - May 15, 2020

Regenerative Systems - Canterbury March 14-15, 2020

Empowered Activism - Golden Bay  March 25 - April 1, 2020

Permaculture Design Certificate - Coromandel  May 6 - 29, 2020





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