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Permaculture event in Island Bay

Permaculture event in Island Bay providing something for everybody

Island Bay’s Tapu Te Ranga Marae is the venue for a national gathering of followers of the all-encompassing movement known as Permaculture this weekend (25 April to 27 April)

Aotearoa New Zealand has been an early adopter of Permaculture and can claim to have the world’s oldest national organisation dedicated to the movement.

Permaculture is a way of looking at and interacting with our natural and people-made environments that is attracting more and more interest every year and year.

In a nutshell, it is also described as a design system that employs strategies and tactics towards the design and re-design of ecosystems of all kinds, as applied to everyday living needs and the creation of models for a more sustainable future.

As covered this weekend the diverse range of Permaculture encompasses architecture and housing, food production and distribution, plant medicine, ecological footprinting for regional planning, landscape design, and even natural burials.

In addition to a world-class set of speakers, this weekend’s hui features a variety of relevant initiatives taking place in the Wellington region including Kaibosh Food Rescue, Cannons Creek Community Pantry, Innermost Gardens, Commonsense Organics, Lower Hutt’s Community Unity Project Aotearoa, Project Sunshine Aotearoa, the Wellington Beekeepers Club, Wellington Timebank, social enterprise Chalkle and software startup Bucky Box.

Entertainment highlights include entertainment provided by composer and guitarist Justin Firefly Clarke and singer songwriter Matiu “Te Hook” Te Huki. Award winning local documentary Gardening With Soul, about the life of Home of Compassion gardener Sister Loyola, will also be screened.

Day passes to the event are still available at

This year’s New Zealand event will be closely followed by International Permaculture Day on 4th May, the theme of which for 2014 is Reclaiming Food Freedom!, with more information available at


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