APC11 (The 11th Australasian Permaculture Convergence)

The first Australasian Permaculture Convergence to ever be hosted in New Zealand, was held in Turangi for five days running from Wed 11th - Sun 15th April 2012.  I was lucky enough to attend, with ten friends from Taranaki to share in the learning and be part of the exciting outcomes that are following on from the event!


Although there were initially a few logistical issues with the event (due to a late run of registrations), the event was a great success!  With over 500 attendees, some truly inspiring and challenging international speakers including: Nicole Foss (international speaker on energy and global finance), Susan Krumdieck (associate professor of mechanical engineering at the university of Canterbury), Charles Eisenstein (author of Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition), as well as many others including Taranaki's own Kama Burwell.


There was also a good example of permaculture's 'edge effect' (The interface between things, being where the most interesting events can take place, these are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements within the system) - found in the time and space between the actual presentations - providing great fertility in the form of conversations and networking.


Green Bridge hosted the 3-day follow up ‘Taranaki Eco Hotspot Tour’, which visited six of our regions most exciting sustainably focused properties (more info about this in my next post)…


And one of the most exciting outcomes from APC11, was our home crew putting up their hands for Taranaki to host next years ‘National Permaculture Hui’ under the watchful gaze of our beautiful Maunga, Mount Taranaki.  



Initial meeting of Taranaki team to discuss next years hui...


Have you got any thoughts for next years Permaculture Hui which will be held in Taranaki?  Also if you would like to participate in the planning or event tell us how...


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