Annual Permaculture Hui


Permaculture in New Zealand proudly presents:
The Permaculture Annual Hui – Queen’s birthday weekend
Saturday May 30th – Monday June 1st, 2009
Tu Teao marae, Te Teko, Bay of Plenty
Titiro ki mua
Whakaorangia nga taonga
Mo nga whakatipuranga
Look to the future’s past
Revive the treasures
For future growth
Come be part of history.
Come celebrate over 30 years of permaculture in New Zealand.
Come immerse yourself in tikanga Maori and kaupapa permaculture.
This year’s hui will be our first ever marae based Annual Hui and a milestone in grassroots bicultural
empowerment and partnership. Maori from all over Aotearoa who are active in
permaculture will be attending with their various expressions of tino rangatiratanga. We
warmly welcome many people new or unfamiliar with permaculture, yet who are skilled and
active in their own communities, to join the conversation about building a truly sustainable
Hui activities will include making and eating hangi, Tuteao marae design competition,
raranga / weaving, building a Roundhouse, kapa haka, Tuteao marae permablitz, making a cob
oven, Permaculture Diploma presentations, site visits and much much more. Lots of laughter
and entertainment guaranteed.
We are thrilled to announce that David Holmgren and Haikai Tane, the founders of the
permaculture movement here in Aotearoa, will be our keynote speakers at this year’s Annual
Hui. David in 1978, along with Bill Mollison, published Permaculture One becoming the cofounder
of the permaculture concept. David has been actively involved in ecological design
ever since, publishing and educating about permaculture theory and practice. Haikai is a
geographer, ecologist, planner and founding Director of Tai ji Dao Watershed Foundation in
Twizel, Paio-te-koko, Mahunui. He runs a field research station auditing and implementing
projects for sustainable development and environmental protection (UN Agenda 21). Haikai
convened Permaculture NZ in 1978 and co-hosted the first NZ permaculture workshops with
David in March 1979. We will use this occasion to celebrate over 30 years of permaculture
education, advocacy and activism in Aotearoa NZ and look at new opportunities and horizons
in which to sail permaculture into the future.
This event will use Open Space Technology (OST) to organise workshops, networking and
project development opportunities. Some of the workshops already on offer include rongoa
Maori (traditional Maori herbal medicine), Transition Culture (Towns / Iwi / etc.), local food
security, permaculture schools, and project funding.
As per custom, on Monday morning we will hold the PiNZ Annual General Meeting. At our AGM,
after 30 years of permaculture in this land, we will evaluate how far we have come, identify
where we want to steer the permaculture waka for the coming year and offer feedback, share
ideas, create a shared vision and design an action plan to move this country forward. Help
shape the direction of ecological design, active citizenship, Transition Culture, community
resilience and cultural regeneration in Aotearoa today.
Everyone is welcome!!! We look forward to seeing you there!!!
Fees for this year’s hui include marae accommodation and all meals from Saturday lunch to
Monday lunch. PiNZ Members $120 – $200 Non-members $170 – $200
Please note that paying at the higher end of scale assists others to attend. Thank you.
PiNZ Hui 2009 registration forms can be found on the website ( For
more information or to make yourself available to help out contact us at
*Feel free to let your networks know about this event– the more the merrier

Finn Mackesy]

Floyd Driver has offered to organise again this year a bus for those of
us traveling down to the Hui from Auckland.
Please contact him at  <> to ‘book’ a seat.
Until then…