Healthy Home Specialist – Director
BD’s (Industrial), Permaculture Cert
Daniel leverages his experience in manufacturing and the building industry to find solutions for clients, which are efficient, beautiful, healthy and affordable. As a lateral thinker, he enjoys pulling together the resources required to achieve a client’s vision. He has the ability to work from the big picture through to detail, and recognises that success is a result of engaging a highly competent team.
“My bigger purpose is to support people back into connection with their communities and surrounding environment in order to heal people and our planet.”
Ecological Landscape Designer & Engineer
B. Engineering (Honours) Natural Resources. Dip Permaculture. Dip Te Ara Reo Maori. Cert Terraquaculture.
Kama draws on her deep knowledge of ecological processes, terraquaculture and permaculture to deliver design solutions that create very productive landscapes while healing them. She also has a keen focus on building community resilience & connection.
“I am passionate about healing watersheds and creating super-productive landscapes. I love working with our clients to really understand their vision, share my knowledge with them, and help them bring their vision into reality.”
LUKE DE VILLIERS
Architectural Designer – Small Space Specialist
BD’s (Industrial), Visual Arts Cert
Trained in industrial design, Luke has spent the last seven years designing yachts and boats, with this giving him advanced skills in designing compact, beautiful and functional spaces. Luke’s new role in Greenbridge, is to work alongside Greenbridge director Daniel and utilise his unique experience to help design small footprint, beautiful and healthy homes for our clients.
“I believe that all design can be functional, practical and beautiful with out being wasteful.”
IN THE BEGINNING…
That’s our sweet peas Olive and Toby planting the first tagasaste trees on our land in Omata in 2011. What troopers – for three days it blew a westerly where we could hardly stand but we were determined to get 600 trees planted the day the land was settled! We lived in a caravan through snow, no hot water and cloth nappies to get our dream of a sustainable property underway. Its been a pretty interesting journey since…
Daniel owned and ran a successful design and build business in the Wellington CBD but by 2009 was feeling disillusioned with his work… “I was earning a good income, supporting my wife and our two young children, I had a small and effective team and I was only working around thirty hours a week, mostly of from our home. However I felt like I was spending my time giving rich people, stuff they didn’t need”.
The lease on their Wellington showroom was coming to an end, so they decided to close down the business and move to Bena’s home town of Taranaki, with the hope that this change of location would also provide them with an opportunity to follow a path that was in more alignment with their values.
Kama grew up in Taranaki, on her family’s dairy farm. As a child she walked the land, playing in the creeks and native bush, and at times wept for the land. She studied Natural Resource Engineering, thinking it would enable her to make a difference to the world, but after working for local government, Kama trained in permaculture design, experimented on 3 acres on a corner of the family farm, and became a sustainability educator.
In 2009 Kama trained with Prof Haikai Tane, and travelled to China to study traditional pacific-asia farming and watershed management systems. It had a profound impact on how she saw the world, landscapes, and water.
Kama has been a practicing ecological landscape designer since 2003. Her work with Greenbridge brings together ecological engineering and landscape design. It centres around healing landscapes, creating abundance, and connecting people to those landscapes and each other.
CELEBRATING OUR CLIENTS
When Greenbridge began in 2011, sustainability was fringe. After all, what is a sustainable consultancy? There was no sustainable business template to follow. The first three years were about figuring this out (with lots of mistakes and some successes) and how Greenbridge might help it’s clients on their journey. “The real hero’s of our story are our clients! Without all the amazing people we have been so blessed to work with, that put their belief in us and dared to dream of a better tomorrow we wouldn’t be able to be doing the work we do”.
Thank you all past and present clients!
WHERE TO FROM HERE?
At Greenbridge we are big dreamers! Here is our daughter Olive’s vision of Taranaki – cloaked in deep green.
Greenbridge’s vision is to regenerate the health and wellbeing of people, communities and our planet, through design, build and education. We heal landscapes, build healthy homes and create resilient, connected communities. We are leaders and change makers!
A strong regional food system is envisaged with diverse land use and regenerative farming. Maori food culture and systems are revitalised, providing unique, high quality nutrient dense kai to help heal our bodies and land. Taranaki people are eating Taranaki food.
With each little garden, community project, healthy home and diversified farm that is regenerated, we also realise our dream of a hope-filled, ecologically vibrant tomorrow.