Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Conference to radically rethink New Zealand’s way of life

Conference to radically rethink New Zealand’s way of life

Permaculturists have created forests in the desert, provided free emergency water and hygiene facilities in international emergencies and are revolutionising farming in small pockets of land all over the world. Now a major international event aims to spread permaculture thinking and practise throughout New Zealand.

More than 500 permaculturists from New Zealand, Australia and beyond, together with green activists, organic gardeners, eco-architects, and self-sufficiency enthusiasts are being invited to Turangi near Taupo from April 11-15 for the 11th Australasian Permaculture Convergence.

The permaculture approach seeks to design productive agriculture, buildings and more that mimic the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. The main aim of the Convergence is to explore how a radical redesign of the Kiwi lifestyle based on these ideas could transform New Zealand’s future.

Participants will have the chance to train with experts from around the world in alternative approaches to home gardening, animal husbandry, local currencies, farming, environmental education, community resilience, nutrition, alternative health, seed saving, and crafts. They are also invited to share their own ideas and experience on what needs to be done to secure long-term sustainability and to celebrate the benefits of the permaculture lifestyle.

Bill Mollison, who co-founded Permaculture in the mid-1970s and is a supporter of the Turangi event, has said: “It’s no good any longer just being an organic gardener or farmer, we have to be effective financial and political units. We can run away to the bush, build a mud hut and grow ducks in the garden: it’s not gonna do it. The coals will still be burnt, the land will still be eroded, and the forests will still be cleared if we run away to the bush. So, there's no escape, we’ve just gotta stop running away, stay where we are and start to face up and fight.”

Anyone wanting to learn more or go to the event should go to: apc11.co.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>


Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>


APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels