May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Introduction to Permaculture Workshop, Rotoiti

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All are welcome to come and learn what Permaculture. It has been defined as “Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.”

  • Where: Tapuaeharuru Marae , Rotoiti
  • When: Feb 23rd– 25th 2011
  • Powhiri: Wed 23rd -12.00am

Days 1 and 2 (Wed 23rd and Thurs 24th February 2011)

Ethics and Principles.

Based on caring for the earth, caring for the people and sharing resources, Jo and Bryan will introduce you to the basic principles of permaculture design.

Practical work.

Observing the site

Looking at what is, noticing sun, rain, wind and other natural patterns.

Making a plan

Making a garden

Most of us learn best by doing things, so Jo and Bryan include this in any peramculture course. At Rotoiti we plan to establish a simple vegetable bed, showing how to prepare for, plant and mulch vegetable seedlings

Planting a tree

The winter is the best time to plant fruit trees, but now is the time to order from the nursery. To get the best results you need to really look after a tree from the beginning and for the next 2 years, keeping it fed and watered and free of disease and pests. Then it will reward you with abundant crops.

Evening session 23rd Feb

Watching movie extracts, slideshows to illustrate permaculture in practice.

Day 3 (Friday 25th Feb)
Visit to Awhi farm, Turangi
Sustainability in our Community.

Ways to work together to get awesome resuts!

On day 3 we will be visiting Awhi Farm in Turangi. We will take the chance to try harvesting food and preparing it for a meal, which we can share.
In Turangi, Jo and Bryan- with Lisa Isherwood & friends are developing a sustainability centre. Since March 2010 they have been changing a block of land from 3 m high invasive weed patch to an abundant food garden. Presently they are engaged in Awhi Turangi Trust- a registered charity focused on caring for land and people in the Turangi region. The main manifestation being Awhi Farm, where they are building with appropriate materials, growing lots of food, cooking in an earth oven and teaching rangatahi (through the WINZ Community Max Programme) and anyone else interested how to do these things too.

  • With Joanna Pearsall and Bryan Innes

Permaculture is an ethical whole system design for human society.

Founded in 1978 by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture is best known for design strategies for growing food- gardening and food forests, but it is much more than that. It includes housing, town and city design, community, money systems. It is about how we organise ourselves and how we think about what we do.

It is the best way to understand the whole picture of sustainability and regeneration that we know.

Permaculture design is practised all over the world. The principles are the same everywhere, but the practise in the garden changes with the climatic conditions and the local mircro-climate and soil types. Our focus will be the Central North Island.

They have been practicing permaculture in a range of ways since 1992. They helped revive Permaculture in NZ the National body for permaculture in Aotearoa New Zealand. They were part of the team to establish the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in NZ The dreamed up and manifested Ecoshow NZ – an event for everyone interested in choosing sustainability- four times in five years.

They promote and sell quality, long lasting gardening tools, including bronze tools, scythes (for mowing) pruning saws and more.

You can follow what they are up to by visiting

Catering purposes
R.S.V.P by 4pm, 21st Feb
Camille Hudson
0273083427 or 073488923

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