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Living Permaculture
Living Permaculture
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Tui Community , Wainui, Golden Bay, South Island, NZ
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

Derek Beresford Ingrid Thomas Juliann Bertone Kris Holstrom Rachel Jones Sebastian Eckes Steve Gardin
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Living Permaculture

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Intentional Communities, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Living Permaculture is the Permaculture of our life. We live at Tui Community a 28 year old 50 ha rural intentional community. We are cultivating permaculture in our lives and around us. We aim to assist cultural paradigm shift while having fun and inspiring others. We have a range of projects underway, including educational courses, design, consultancy and regenerative building.

Project Description

We have a range of Living Permaculture  projects underway:


The Kakano Project

We are making our permaculture nest at Tui Community.

This November we will start building additional rooms onto our solar powered, passive solar house.

We aim to make our place a demonstration of Permaculture within our established intentional community.


Permcaulture Education & Learning

Margaret is involved in developing permaculture in Otago Polytechnic’s courses in Sustainable Practice. It is an exciting time for Permaculture Education in NZ, as we establish these courses it will enable NZ’s ( and international students) a chance to study permaculture and receive recognized national qualifications.  It also offers a chance for the wealth of permaculture knowledge in NZ to be shared in a variety of ways.


We are launching the Certificate in Sustainable Practice  & PDC this July & September 2012  at Awhi Farm, Raglan and Nelson Bays. It will be a 6 month full time course, that delivers a PDC and much more


The Graduate Diploma in Sustainble Practice  will be offered next year 2013, with a permaculture focus. This will offer a more structured way to achieve the Aotearoa NZ Diploma, while keeping the broad project based, experiential focus.


Both of these courses can be done by distance anywhere in NZ, with block courses at a range of locations.

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Redesign of  Tui Community Main Garden

Tui’s large communal garden was sadly destroyed in major flooding Dec 2011.

There is heaps of clean up, restoration and redesign of many elemnts around the land and we have been lucky to have a permaculture response team lead by Gary Williams, come and help shortly after the flooding.


Margaret is currently involved in redsigning and developing a new main garden at Tui. It will move to the old kitchen garden site behind the community house, and include an area of terraces. We are also taking out all the old flower beds from around the community house and putting our veges there… it is exciting to be edible landscaping. It feels like real “ the problem is the solution” stuff!


Flood restoration

Sam is involved in co-ordinating restoration work from the flooding, we are trying to get into big picture long term planning while attending to what needs to be done in the present. One of the aims is to get some leading practitioners from a range of fields, that we know together, to help us with solutions.


Regenerative Building

Sam is a qualified carpenter ands has a blessed career with some great NZ earthbuilders and ecobuilders. At the moment we are brewing several projects in regenerative building! Including our own home






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