Permaculture Design Certificate changes

If you have been contemplating doing this course but found the date of the first module did not suit you then you are in luck as we are changing the date of Module1 Philosophy and Design to March 14th. There are spaces still available to attend the certificate

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Permaculture Design Certificate

New Poster for 2015

Check out our lovely poster.

Contact us for the registration form to enroll for the course.

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Cultivating Art

Check out the poster for our event in Hamilton Gardens Festival. We have a new addition to the day. Along with the workshops we will have Environmental Stories for Children. First acted out story will be at 11am. then on the hour until 3pm. Come along to the Sustainable Backyard to be cool and relaxed while the children are being entertained.Cultivating Art


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Cultivating Art

Presented by Hamilton Permaculture  in
The Sustainable backyard Garden and part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

Sunday February 22nd. 10 to 3
Join us for an inspiring day where art merges into the garden.

Relax in the shade and listen to some local acoustic music.

Learn to weave willow into useful garden objects.

Make seed bombs especially for the bees.

Flax Weaving
Make a flax Waikawa basket for garden harvest.

This is an all day workshop running from 10 to 3
Ruth Port from Raglan will cover the basic skills in weaving and Tikanga.
Take your basket home with you.

This is the only workshop that has a fee. $50 including materials.
Please register for this workshop, numbers are limited
Contact:Cheryl  8342249

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2015 Modular Permaculture Design Certificate

Run over 12 weekends throughout 2015.
Each one-day module will be from 9am to 5pm.

Course fee: A one-off payment to cover the complete course $1400 GST inc OR
4 instalments – $500 in February, and $300 in May, July & September

Casuals are welcome to attend modules of their choice at $135 per module.

The modules will be held at a variety of sites throughout the Waikato, enabling the participants to view different levels and styles of permaculture in practice.

Note: Participants who want to complete the certificate must do the first and last modules.
To complete the certificate one can attend modules that can be cross credited in other regions, with an approved provider. The certificate can be completed over 2 years. It is also possible to partake in chosen modules as a part time participant without receiving the certificate.

1. Philosophy and Design
Hamilton February 28th
Introduction to the ethics & principles of permaculture. Explore realistic priorities for reducing your ecological footprint and designing abundance into your life.
Design advice is provided to assist you to develop a concept plan for your site, or project that you chose to work at.

2. Climate and Water
Hamilton March 28th
Global and local weather patterns; climate change. Atmospheric conditions, types of climates and weather.Micro climates – shelter, shade, suntraps, harnessing the wind.
Urban weather patterns (acid rain, urban heat sink, wind patterns & tall buildings).
Air quality, pollution & re-vitalisation.
Introduction to the hydrological cycle.
Water conservation, devices and technology.
Water harvesting and storage (rain water, dams, and swales).Water quality and quantity, purifying and treatment techniques.

3. Human Sphere
Ngaruawahia April 18th
Cultural values, assumptions and perceptions.
Indigenous resource concepts, kaitiakitanga and Maori metaphysics.
Social permaculture.
Radical citizenship and social ecology, designing for personal and social transformation.
Cooperative decision making, legal structures and ownership. Conflict resolution.

4. Landscape and Site Assessment
Raglan May 16th
Observation and interactions with nature and the landscape. Natures reoccurring patterns.
Techniques for observation; measuring and recording landforms; sectors and aspects.
Gathering information of natural conditions, cultural features and requirements.
Water sheds; water catchments and dams Landscape management.

5. Built Environments Zone 0
Raglan June 13th
Principles of building biology and ecology; Orientation and layout for site and surroundings.
Building design – (warmth & ambience, insulation, passive & active systems, storage, heat pumps, sound, light & electromagnetism).
Building materials and construction (local earth, straw, timber, embodied energy & toxicity, finishing’s).
Reuse & recycling – compost toilets, grey water systems, water harvesting & storage

6. Healthy soils and Fertile gardening
Zone 1 Hamilton July 11th
Nature of soils and soil structure; soil testing
Soil health and fertilisers. Composting & revitalisation aids
Zone 1, ecological functions & characteristics. Garden layout & design- observing the energy flows.Garden preparation double dig or no-dig. Mulching, companion & rotation planting.

Hand in design brief.

7. Small animals and orchard Zone 2
Raglan August 8th
Ecology of plants and animals.
Selecting trees/vines/berries/crops etc. for climate and site. Layout for needs in relation to facilities, guilds & diversity.
Planting and propagation; management for productivity and plant health. Integration with small animals (bees, poultry, pigs).
Management and care of small animals.
Water requirements, swales & irrigation.

8. Large Landscapes Zones 3-5
Waitetuna September 5th.
Animals and soil care – shelter and shade, grazing, herbal ley & fodder crops.
Water Management
Forest effects and services.
Plantations – For food, alley cropping,
non-food, timber, firewood etc.
Natural ecosystems – restoration, pest management.

9. Community Resilience
Hamilton October 3rd
Possible natural disasters for our bioregion, pest infestation, social-crime, war and revolution.
Recognising risks and hazards. Coping with dramatic and immediate change.
Job loss and financial collapse, alternative financial systems.
Food foraging and natural medicine sources.
Transition towns.
10. Energy and Technology
Ruapuke October 31st
Nature and types of energy.
Energy analysis, efficiency and life-cycle of energy.
Examples of appropriate technologies (high tech & low tech solutions).
Transport & energy alternatives.
Energy storage; site specific and community based systems.
The 4Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle & repair.

11. Urban Design & Living
Hamilton November 15th
Healthy and sustainable living in cities. & towns.
Community culture; education and values.
Suburban retrofit to reduce your ecological footprint. Engaging in local communities and councils.
Layout and integration of urban systems; public spaces, transport & circulation, housing, energy supplies & distribution, urban waste cycles, urban food production, storm water, waste water & potable water management.

12. Design Project Presentations
Hamilton December 12th
The design project can be completed individually or in groups.
It should be completed in a minimum of 20 hours per person per project.
Tutors will be available for feedback throughout the process.
Projects can be on subject matter the student is interested in, so long it demonstrates the application of sustainable design principles introduced in the first module. This may take the form of a landscape design for an individual dwelling, a retrofit of a house, working with a community group, setting up a local alternative economic model, etc.
It is intended that projects be undertaken in parallel to the course so that designs are built on by progressive learning throughout the course.
Submit a project brief at module 6
At the end of the course, students will be required to do a 15 minute presentation of their project to the tutors and colleagues.
Presentations should demonstrate how the design was conceived (design process), the project (final design) and a brief outline on implementation and/ or management.
Hamilton Permaculture
Waikato Environment Centre
242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
Ph. 834 2249 021 139 0935


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A new season for permaculture in the Waikato

By Alice Bulmer
The Hamilton Permaculture Trust has recently called it a day, after more than a decade. At the AGM in November the decision was made to wind up the Trust and allow permaculture to enter a new era in Hamilton. Permaculture is very much alive and well in the Waikato!
At the Waikato Environment Centre Christmas event, the Trust was given a special award to celebrate its achievements. I was the one who made the nomination, and this is what I wrote:

The Hamilton Permaculture Trust has had a huge impact on my life and on the lives of many others. I’d love to see this fantastic, unique organization honoured this year, since it has recently called it a day. This is the LAST CHANCE!

1. For being such a great role model in succession and life cycles of community groups and organizations, by deliberately bringing itself to an end when its purpose was achieved, and recycling the components. This is completely in keeping with the principles of permaculture. No organism or organization can live forever!
2. For more than a decade of lively inspiration and education around permaculture in the Waikato
3. For bringing permaculture to Hamilton
4. For founding and nurturing the Sustainable Backyard, which continues to inspire and educate countless people
5. For organising hugely popular environmental events for many years, as part of the Hamilton Gardens Festival
6. For showing that permaculture can work effectively alongside local government, public gardens and other mainstream organisational structures
7. For teaching organic gardening skills to large numbers of people over many years
8. For inspiring the foundation of Hamilton Organic Gardeners
9. For directly and indirectly inspiring numerous community gardens in the Waikato
10. For founding an excellent, world standard modular permaculture training programme (which will be continuing)
11. (Last but not least): For founding the fantastic Waikato Time Bank
And for many other great initiatives that I haven’t mentioned here.

This website will continue as a source for permaculture activities in the Waikato

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Ooooby comes to Waikato

Ooooby is coming to the Waikato this winter!

Ooooby (out of our own backyards) re-connects people to their local food sources and offers buyers and growers a supplement to the weekend markets. Waikato residents who want fresh, ethical, wholesome food delivered to their home or business, visit or call 0800 OOOOBY. The recent video on the About page, will be of particular interest to growers looking to supply Ooooby.


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Celebrate International Permaculture Day

Celebrate International Permaculture Day

You are invited to a celebration in Permaculture and Star Wars. An unlikely combination you may think but both have celebrations on that day so the University community gardeners decided to combine the 2.
Check the link for more information.
If you cannot make the Seed swap then try to reinforce the value of permaculture with some permaculture practices on the day.
Perhaps you have been wanting to start a new compost or wormfarm.
Apply compost to the garden
Mulch your winter garden
Give seeds away to friends or neighbours
Organise a permablitz
Harvest and store crops for the winter
Or anything else you can think of.
Also a reminder the National Permaculture hui is to be held in Wellington on April 25th to 27th. Here is the link to register for it
Happy permaculturing and may the fourth be with you,

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National Permaculture Hui April 25th to 27th.

PiNZ Hui 2014 Poster

Permaculture – more than gardening

Heal, Connect, Protect

Join the gathering of the permaculture movement – coming up in 2 weeks! This year in Wellington, set in an unusual yet extra-ordinary urban setting.

Conferences, discussions and hands-on workshops mixed with great entertainment and delicious local food.

A great way to get involved, learn more and meet permaculture designers from all over the country.

Event Permaculture In New Zealand 2014 National Hui

Date 25-27 April 2014

Venue Tapu Te Ranga Marae

44 Rhine St Island Bay Wellington |

Find out more & register

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Permaculture in New Zealand

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Basic Organic Gardening Course

Join us at Waimarie community house for four classes on creating vegetable plots and establishing organic systems to mainatain a healthy & productive garden. book your place at Waimarie Community House, 8584353
Classes will be held on June 5th. 12th. 19th. 26th Thursday mornings 10 to 12
Fee is $2/class
Topics covered:
Siting vegetable plots
Making organic fertiliser, composting, wormfarming & liquid fertilisers.
Companion planting
Rotational planting
Seed saving
Lunar planting.

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